Hello! i'm in my second week of cultivating my first starter(rye), and i'm a bit conflicted about whether or not it's ready for baking.... my case in point:
i believe the starter guide says it is ready for baking when in 24 hours the starter has doubled in size/has frothy top/network of bubbles underneath. My starter reaches this point very fast, within 6 hours of feeding, but by the time 24 hours rolls around, it has deflated significantly - sometimes even back to its starting line! At first i thought it would deflate less and less as time passed, but the past 3 days it has definitely deflated back to its starting point (though nice and frothy/bubbly otherwise).
Is this normal and is it ready? if not... am I just being impatient, or should i maybe be feeding it more often?