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Very sour homemade yogurt!

Hi Food52ers! I've been making homemade yogurt for a little while now and my most recent batch is significantly more sour than those previous. I left the yogurt to incubate for 11 hours instead of my usual 8, so I figured it would be slightly more sour, but my first thought upon tasting was "lemon."

I didn't mind the flavor and the texture seems fine, just want to see if others have had similarly sour experiences to make sure it hasn't gone bad.

Thank you!!!

asked by byb over 2 years ago

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boulangere

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added over 2 years ago

Your batch is fine. Fermentation is a souring process, increasing in acidic compounds. I typically add an ounce of honey to mine as it ferments overnight for that reason, to diminish the overly sour flavor.

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byb
added over 2 years ago

Thanks, Cynthia! I can't say I dislike the sourness but I think the honey will make a great addition :)

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HalfPint

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added over 2 years ago

From all that I've read about making yogurt, the longer the more tart the yogurt. I find that even after 4hrs, yogurt is pretty tart for me.

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byb
added over 2 years ago

I guess I just wasn't thinking of how much of a jump 8 to 11 hours was!

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added over 2 years ago

That happens to my mom when she makes it at home (it's very Indian style). Apparently if you let it sit in the oven with the oven light on, it helps with the fermentation process. If it's too tart you can make salty lassi, mango lassi to use it up.

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byb
added over 2 years ago

Ooo, good ideas! I see lassis in my future!

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