LABs at room temp
Hi all - I'm trying to see if I can find a way to create a starter that can be sold online and won't potentially die during shipping / storage. I see that both Breadtopia and Cultures for Health offer dehydrated starters on Amazon. I tried the Cultures for Health one and it smelled very funky after I revived it, came out in a dark color. I've had different starters over the years and this definitely wasn't just an over-ripe starter.
I was under the impression that even if you dehydrated a starter, if you don't keep it refrigerated, the LABs will die within a week or so.
So I'm curious if anyone has thoughts on how these dehydrated starters are made to stay at room temp, and/or what may have caused mine to somehow get contaminated. I fed it just like I would feed my own starter, same flour, same water, etc.