Flour is technically a sugar per se. Yeast can consume a carbohydrate chain of four sugars or less. You're not trying to ferment the entire loaf, but there's enough residual sugars in the flour for the yeast to feed on.
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I take out the trash.
I wash the dishes.
You know, where rotting food would be.
My oven isn't filled with splattered casserole.
There isn't food littered all over the f**king place.
Why does my apartment smell like food? Why does the smell persist? What am I missing here, people?
My roach-control methodology is to not leave any food for the roaches. Or the mice. This should suffice to prevent infestation by strange smells too. What the hell?
You might want to have your water tested. That would give you a good starting point. Many universities will do the testing for very little. If you do not know what your water baseline is, you will just be guessing by adding anything. Hope this helps...
Or you can get it tested at www.wardlab.com. Test W-6 for $16.50 will give you all the info you need.
I just stick my brewing spoon into the boiling wort and let it drip onto the refractometer. Why buy more stuff?