Swedish Rye Sourdough Starter
Product Review (submitted on January 30, 2014):
Basically I bought the starter, organic rye flour, and some containers from restaurant surplus store. All in all I spent about $60 on supplies for this and several hours over a 1 1/2 month time span. In the end, it yielded 2 brick like loafs that had no flavor.
They should probably include a disclaimer that this starter alone can't make bread. The starter breaks down the rye (in theory, not actually in my case since the starter culture apparently never activated) then you need to add white or whole wheat flour to make bread. The gluten in rye is not sufficient to make bread. You need to add either a white flour starter or a package of instant yeast since the rye starter can't brake down the white flour.
Bottom line, the process of using rye flour to make sourdough is ALOT more complicated than they state in the videos. The directions that they provide are for white flour sourdough, rye is a completely different animal. Also, whatever sourdough you make, you will end up with gallons of starter that either must be thrown away or used to make something other than bread. Rye doesn't work with alot of the recipes to use up the extra starter. so you end up just rinsing it down the drain. I will not purchase anything from this site in the future.
Response from CFH: Rye bread is a bit different from wheat bread and does require adjustments. Please contact customer support for questions on working with your starter and chosen ingredients.