1. What temperature should my sourdough starter be?

Try to keep it cozy! Temperature is one of the most important variables in maintaining a healthy starter. Your sourdough starter is happiest between 76º- 80ºF, so if your starter is activating overnight, try to find a warm spot in your kitchen to optimize activity. 

2. Speaking of temperature, how hot/cold should the water I use to feed my starter be? 

Lukewarm water is best. 

3. How many hours should I wait before baking with my sourdough starter?

Ideally, dehydrated starters need between 20-24 hours to become fully active. If you home is particularly warm, you may see reasonable activity at the 12-15 hr mark, but we recommend completing Step #1 in the instructions at least 20 hrs before you plan to bake. 

4. It's been 20 hours and my starter isn't bubbling like I see yours doing in the video. What should I do?

Don't worry and wait a few hours. If you are concerned about the level of activity in your starter, the best thing to do is just to leave it to rest in a warm spot in your kitchen. Check on it in 30 min increments until it becomes nice and bubbly. Then it is ready to use!

5. How long can I wait to bake after receiving my Crumb Crafters kit?

Since the grains are milled fresh, it is best to bake within two weeks of receiving your kit. Refrigerating the flour upon arrival also helps to maintain its freshness. 

6. Why is my dough so sticky? Is that normal?

Sticky dough is nothing to be afraid of. It is totally normal. The dough will be stickiest when you first mix it, and it will continue to become smoother and more elastic as you continue. One of the best ways to mitigate stickiness is to mix your dough with gusto! Using a strong hand to mix, especially in the beginning, will add strength to your dough, which will decrease its overall stickiness. Wetting your hands with water just before working with the dough also helps to prevent it from sticking.