Sorry to ask what I am sure will be totally silly, basic questions. I am a total beginner to sourdough and am at the making a starter stage.
I have followed the beginners "how to make a starter " guide on the site and am now at day 8 (very helpful and informative btw!). Problem is my starter looks very weedy compared to the day 7/8 starter in the pictures (see pics attatched). I livein London, where it is quite cold at the moment (4-5 deg C outside, adn I guess the kitchen is about 15-19 at best, colder at night). I have used flour from Shipton Mill (ie not just any old supermarket stuff), using the rye/white flour ratios suggested. Starter smells "fruity", no mould, doesnt smell unpleasant.
Do i just need to persist a bit longer with the same flours/ratios, or is it worth trying some wholemeal as well, or in substitute of the white or rye component?
Sorry once again to ask such basic questions and thanks for reading the postand (hopefully!) giving some advice