I'm a beginner, trying to make my first sourdough starter. I did it by using 50% rye wholemeal, 50% unbleached wheat flour, at 100% hydration. After 24 hours it was sprinkled with bubbles, and I started feeding it once every 12 hours, using 1:2:2 starter:water:wheat flour.
It continued bubbling, but there is absolutely NO rise! It smells somewhat like sweet corn, and can be a little overwhelming. It doesn't really smell badly though. I am at day 6 or so, and I've tried making my starter a little thicker (about 90% hydration), and I can see bubbles forming throughout it, but there is NO rise at all. I tried making a dough at 60% hydration with a little of the waste-starter, but there was no rise after 24 hours. My house is at about 23-24 degree C.
Any ideas as to what is wrong? :( wrong bugs?