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Do commercial yogurt starters (i.e.: store-bought yogurt) actually degrade over time?

I've seen quite a few sites make the claim that commercial yogurt starters will stop working after a few generations (example), so home yogurt makers should use "heirloom" starters. However, many of ...
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How can you change the environmental factors to change the proportions of sourdough microbiological cultures?

How can you increase/decrease the proportions of lactobacili and yeast in a sourdough starter. For example, if I wanted a more acidic bread, increasing the lactobacili, or if I wanted a less acidic ...
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How do you create and store bacteria cultures for fermenting?

I'm very new to fermenting and am typically doing it with vegetables pressed under either salt or salt and water. I've come across several sites teaching about how bacteria cultures can be used in ...
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Storage of cheese starter cultures

I have decided to give a go at home cheesemaking. I got a nice book by Mary Karlin, which seems to explain things relatively well. Now, most recipes would call for something like 1/4 tsp of starter ...
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I've tried to make yougurt but I've got soured milk - what went wrong?

I've tried to made home-made yogurt. I've tried to follow the receipt first by pasteurizing milk to kill the bacteria, waiting until the milk is 107 degree and adding culture. I've used incubator for ...
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Add fresh yogurt to whipping cream to make creme fraiche?

Can I use fresh yogurt instead of cultured buttermilk, to add to heavy cream (35%) and make creme fraiche? I learned that adding cultured butter milk to heavy whipping cream makes creme fraiche. I ...
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Cream Cheese vs Yogurt Cheese: what / how much difference does the bacteria make?

This recipe for homemade cream cheese looks extremely similar to making yogurt and then straining it. In fact, the final step for culturing the milk goes: After 12 to 18 hours, the cheese should look ...
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Culture fresh buttermilk with yogurt

I would like to try culturing fresh buttermilk that I get from whipping butter. I would like to ask if storebought "cultured buttermilk" is done exactly like homemade yogurt, but with fresh buttermilk?...
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When whipping cream, does its state continually cycle through various states? Is there a dead end at whipped butter? Or does something else happen?

I was attempting to make butter by whipping heavy cream in my Kitchenaid stand mixer. I noticed that cream was getting grainy (as the fat was globbing into butter) but then let it whip a little longer....
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What’s the definition of “cultured butter”?

In my search for cultured butter I found butter that lists culture distillate or lactic acid as ingredients. Should these butters be considered cultured, even though the package nowhere actually ...
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Whey from yogurt to curdle milk

I know that adding acid to milk being cooked, will yield curdles that one can strain and store as cheese. Is it possible to use the whey from my homemade yogurt (now greek-style yogurt), but instead ...
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Commercial yeast ( Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in a sourdough culture

I would like to know a good reason for adding commercial yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to a sourdough culture and would it survive?
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Can I make “starter” with active dry yeast? [duplicate]

I'd like to extend my supply of yeast (It's hard to get right now). My wife does not enjoy the taste of sourdough, so I was wondering it it's possible to create a self-replenishing culture, starting ...
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Tempeh home made culture - Why does it smell bad?

The tempeh culture spores I got from store did not have any smell. I used it to make a home made culture using okara. The home made tempeh culture smells like dried fish. I am wondering if it is safe ...