I think it's dead
I think it's safe to say that I've killed my poor wee starter. Despite the valiant efforts of several on this site to talk me through resuscitation, I can, after several days of trying, discern no sign of life whatsoever. As suggested, I increased the proportion and frequency of feedings, and thought I was getting somewhere, but taking the bubbled starter last night, and mixing up a batch of dough, yielded this morning a bowl of unleavened goo.
The obvious next step is to compost the whole mess, get some pineapple juice, and start again, but now I'm wondering; were the bubbles I saw yesterday the bubbles you get when you first start a starter? In other words, did I kill it but then just begin again without knowing it?
I've added a teaspoon of vinegar, just in case there is life struggling along in there, but I'm still thinking of starting fresh.
Would cranberry juice work as well as oj or pineapple?