I am wanting to give sourdough a try again, and I was wondering about the tanginess of this starter? I so want to make sourdough work for our family, but the first time around was a disaster!
You'll find tips for manipulating the "sourness" here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-truly-sour-sourdough-bread/ If you have a problem with a starter, put an airtight lid on it, put it in the fridge and send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org The fridge will slow things down and give us a chance to figure out what is happening.
I have been thinking of purchasing this starter. I grind my own wheat so it is completely whole grain. Will this work for this starter?
Yes, Desem will work well with your whole grain flour. Note that freshly ground flour is not ideal for feeding your starter, but is fine for using as the ingredient in your recipe. Before using for feeding, age the flour on the counter for at least a week.
I am new to sourdough and am curious, how is this starter activated and how long does it take?
The Desem Sourdough starter is activated by feeding specific amounts of whole wheat flour and water, and it may take from 3-7 days to fully activate and be ready for baking. The starter comes with complete instructions on activating, maintaining, and making fresh starter for baking.