Confused Hungarian

October 23, 2013 at 8:14pm

Just entering the sourdough starter ranks and find myself confused on a regular basis as I begin to prepare for my first loaf. First question when you are feeding your sourdough everyone says to repeat the ratios but I'm not sure what that means. If I start with a 1/2 cup of starter and add 1/2 cup of water and scant cup of flour, do I add the same amount for the second feeding or do I add the same ratio? To me if I am adding the same ratio I now need to re-measure my starter and add that amount of water and almost double of flour so my second feeding might now be adding 1 cup of water and almost 2 cups of flour if my original starter now doubled to 1 cup. If someone could clarify if I use the same amount each time based on my original amount of starter or an increased amount the second and third time based on my new amount of starter it would really help. I feel like a dope for finding this so confusing. Also I purchased King Arthur Bread flour was that a bad idea? Final question on kneading. I've gotten conflicting information from different people/sites. Knead for 20 minutes? Knead only enough to blend in flour and water? How long do I need to Knead? :)
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