So, basically, I have been following SourDom's starter recipe from the beginners blog for about 9 or 10 days now. The trouble that I am having is that my starter appears to be stuck around day 5/6. I keep feeding it and waiting, and it goes right back to the same progress after 24 hours. It hasn't started to gain volume more than about 1/3, and the bubbles are the size of the circular bubbles in the Day 6 photo on the starter blog, though there are many more of them than there are in the picture. There are no bubbles and no froth on the surface either.
Of course, I am no expert, but my guess as to the issue here is the temperature. It is not especially cold here, but it is getting colder daily. The temperature this past week that my starter has been working with has been between 10-15C, averaging about 12C and a typical daily high of 13C or 14C. I know that this temperature should be just fine for the yeast to live in, though I wonder if it is just slowing down the process somewhat.
Should I wait longer than 24 hours between feedings in hopes that the bubbles will grow and the volume increase, or should I just keep plugging along as I have been? Would it possibly help to throw out less starter before feeding, so the colony population is higher and will eat through the food quicker?
Hurry, please, I am SO EXCITED for sourdough!!! ...I've even got a name picked out for my starter, and it's genius! :)