Stupid Crazy Starter
I began growing a starter about 2 weeks ago.
On the second day, it smelled utterly foul and bubbled a lot, so I assumed this was the bacteria everyone was talking about, that masquerades as yeast. I mixed in some pineapple juice, and after 4 disgustingly rotten smelling days, it went away.
Then came several days of... nothing. I was actually glad to see this, because it seemed like my starter was doing just what everything said it should be doing. It didn't smell like anything.
Well, I was a little confused at this point as to whether or not I should be feeding it, or just letting it sit. So I fed it for several days, and all I ever had was flour and water. So then I let it sit for a couple days, and it started smelling alcoholic, which I took to be a good thing. I took that as a sign to start feeding again....
Well, now I have an alcoholic smelling starter that doesn't do anything. It takes what I feed it, it smells like alcohol, and it tastes very very sour. But it doesn't bubble. Like, at all. Maybe one or two here and there, but it hasn't risen once, not even a little bit.
I'm kind of stuck as to what to do with it now. I put it in the fridge so I don't waste any more flour on it until I decide what to do. I would post pictures, but I can't find my cable, and in anycase it wouldn't show much. Just some pancake batter in a jar.
Sometimes it separates, sometimes it doesn't. Right now it's not.