Ive just begun my Sourdough adventures...what mad science it is. I mixed up my starters 6 days ago now and have had very mixed responses to my methods.I say starters b/c I'm experimenting with two types.(1) is organic rye and cooled ,boiled and airated water (2) is organic rye, cooled boiled and airated water plus about a handfull of grapes and their juice.The grapes were removed on day 3 and it continues to be the stronger smelling of the two. I've done a lot of reading whilst I've been waiting for action to make sure I'm doing everything right. I have the book "Wild Sourdough" by Yoke Mardewi and followed her instructions of starting with 150 gms of flour and 100 of h2o.When i mixed this amount up there really wasnt enough water to make a thick paste, so I began going by feel rather than doing things exact.I left it for three days without touching it...(although probably looked at it 100 times!) It was quite cool on these days here in Melbourne, Australia...so a few times I moved it from the kitchen to the loungroom.On the third day I mixed them both and no (2) has lots of action and a really strong smell and had grown in size.(1) Had small bubbles a moderate smell and had increased minimally in size. This where I think I almost killed them both.I left them overnight...the next day they both had a layer of clear fluid that smelt like cider...I now know that was probably because I should have fed them at this stage and it was an alcohol byproduct.So I realised my mistake, mixed it in and fed them...but probably not enough. I spoke to a friend who put me onto this site and breadtopia which use a very different method (smaller amounts of flour) so there is not so much wastage. So in the last few days I've discarded half and replaced half with flour and h20. Also I should mention that only in the last 2 days I transfered them to glass jars so I could see better what was happening. I've made a mess of them but what is up the side is not from the starters rising up, its from me tipping some out.The most amount of bubbles I had was on day three and its not been the same since...some small bubbles in the first couple of hours after feeding but then they subside. I've read about checking the back of the spoon and it is usually covered in very small bubbles...probably not able to see from pics.Its been warmer in the last couple of days so I've been leaving them in the kitchen. I'm hoping there is something obvious here I'm doing or not doing? I'm also not using any metal implements as I read that was a no no.
Thanks in advance,
Much Love, K