This is a wonderful site and really appreciate all the photos and explanations.So to my questions.
I have just come to the end of my 3rd week with a starter using organic oatmeal flour and only oatmeal flour- refreshing every 24hrs, 100g equal grams of purified water and oatmealflour with a tablespoon of the left over starter added- sitting on the kitchen bench temps around 15-21 c
I have had after 2weeks a yoghurty smell, and some occassional fruity smells with small bubbles sometimes all the way through, then back to the yoghurty smell and not very many bubbles and now (beginning 4th week)more bubbles and fruity smells.
However it has never ever doubled in size.
Am I heading the right way? Can it take longer than 3 weeks or so?This is my second try at a starter- last year I used rye and oatmeal (in seperate containers trying to get a starter going)
The rye took off after a week and I made pancakes ( came out OK) but it died after I forgot it on the bench as other things came up (renovating- plus visitors) the oatmeal also went the way of the dodo after long neglect.I did not really recognize how it all worked until now!
I am eager to get this to work as I have severe dietry allergies that prevent me from buying pre made food (nuts seeds and others ect) and its been 2yrs since I had any bread at all.
I have purchased Oatmeal Sourdough Bread from a company in Vic wonderful stuff light airy however it contains milk products (yoghurt)so I am attempting to make my own So I know it can be done.
Hoping someone can help