Hot dog! Success!

So, after starterattempt #1 turned to water after a week of nurturing, and starter attempt #2 just failed to start, and starter attempt #3 started well, then seemed to stall out after a week or so, I finally have success! I had been growing starter #3 in a glass mixing cup with plastic wrap loosely covering the top. Yesterday while shopping I picked up a glass lidded glass jar to be the permanent home for my starter, should it ever start. I tossed rebellious #3 when I got home, just in case it decided to live. A couple/few hours later, I noticed it had begun to bubble and had risen about a third! This morning I fed it on it's regular schedule, and this evening it has doubled in size. Finally! I fed it again, with hopes of making actual bread tomorrow.

I'm not sure why putting into the jar got the starter going again, but I think I'm going to be satisfied that it did and not ask too many questions! I wonder if the thicker covering kept it just a little warmer than the thin sheet of plastic...

This starter was done 100% with filtered water and whole wheat flour. I resisted using rye flour or any other "additive" just to see if I could get it to work. Knowing it's possible, so it seemed like an adventure to give it a try, I guess sort of a culinary safari, as it were... I couldn't be happier!

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Or, the starter was about to take off, and just needed a little more oxygen to get going?

I don't know. But it's not uncommon in commercial practice to punch a slow dough in hopes of stimulating it. Whether it really causes anything to happen or it's just that the timing's favorable, sometimes it works.

At any rate, when you've got a good horse, ride it.

Good luck,

Muff

 The bottom line is you have a starter.  I have heard that the bacteria get active first in a new starter then after a few days the activity dies down.  The yeast take off after the lull in the activity.  I don't think I have ever seen this in any starter I have made but have read about it more than once.  Seems maybe that is what happened with your starter.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot