18 Ways to Make Sourdough Bread More (or Less) Sour

The beauty of baking sourdough bread at home is that there are ways you can adjust the sourness to produce a loaf that has the perfect sourness for you.

How to Adjust the Sourness of Sourdough Bread

Whole Grain Flour Makes Sourdough Bread More Sour

Ferment Sourdough for a Longer Time to Increase Sourness

The longer your dough ferments (rises), the more sour the flavor. So if you want a really sour bread, take your time!

For a Truly Sour Sourdough, Don’t Enrich the Recipe

Enriched sourdough loaves, are loaves with added ingredients such as butter, oil, milk, etc.

Add Rye Flour to Sourdough for a More Sour Flavor

Rye Flour, especially whole rye, contains a very unique set of enzymes and complex carbohydrates.

How Often Sourdough Starter is Fed will Affect how Sour the Bread Tastes

Feeding your starter more often gives it a milder flavor. The longer sourdough starter goes without food, the more acetic acid and/or hooch it develops.

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