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Why can you only use plain yogurt as a starter?

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I have always wondered this. Is it because any extra sugars or flavors will affect it somehow?

I want to duplicate Zoi's honey greek yogurt. I have tried just regular yogurt cultures but I always get a sour taste that I don't like, and I am not incubating too long. It's been a while so I don't remember the exact details, but I got frustrated and gave up.

I wanna give it another shot. I really would like to be able to make a sweet creamy honey greek yogurt like theirs. So the reason I ask is - in case it has to do with the specific cultures they have, would there be a problem if I used some of the honey yogurt to start mine? I've tried their plain and it still had that sour flavor.
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Perhaps because the flavored ones have no active cultures.
To be precise in any culturing project you need to have a direct set type culture...results form re-culturing a store bought cup of yogurt are going to vary wildly
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