just getting started with sourdough and have a 6 day old starter. I'm at the stage of a strong paint odor (like oil based paint) and I'm hoping I'm on the right track, don't really want to toss the vermonster out, I think I've become attached to it.
using ka ap, started with just water (sweet well water) and flour. was feeding a ratio of about half starter and half fresh daily for first 3 or 4 days, mixing by feel to get a relatively stiff mix, and kept at a pretty steady temp of about 70-72F.
have been getting some bubbling (mostly in the risen part of the starter, not all the way through) and a rise of about 50% somewhere around 6 hrs after feeding the last 2 days, so increased feeding to 2x daily. still looking for a doubling in mass but I expect to see it in another couple days, the bubbles and rise are increasing at a steady rate.
I'm just concerned about the smell. I did do a little test the last feeding. 1 starter, 2 flour, water to make a loose dough, and it's rising, almost doubled in 2 hrs (temp about 70F), and smell turned into a super rich buttermilk smell (oh what a difference), but it is very slowly turning back to oil paint again.
does it sound like I'm getting there?
and I do thank those who reply!!