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Why can you only use plain yogurt as a starter?

34591 Views 12 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  Alice In TX/MO
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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Yogurt cultures can vary. The outlets that sell packaged cultures have mild, Bulgarian, etc.

Homemade yogurt becomes more acidic as it ages in your fridge.

If your culture acquires other bacteria, the flavor will change.
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