If you’ve tried recipes like my No-Knead Artisan-Style Sourdough Bread, then you may have stumbled across the float test.
Many sourdough recipes rely on the float test to determine whether a starter is ready to bake, and if your starter doesn’t pass this test, then you may need to wait a few hours (or even several days) before you can try again.
But is the float test helpful? Is it a good way to ensure your bread will rise as it should? Let’s take a closer look at this common baking tip.