What about Laurel Robertson's Desem Starter ... ?
I recently bought Laurel Robertson's 'Bread Book' and I thought that the 'incredible' desem starter sounded like a very complicated,odd and wasteful way to make a sourdough starter - although, so it is claimed, the desem would be 'better' than a sourdough starter. However to build an incubator of 10 lbs of organic flour and the must-have requirement of a temperature of 50-65 F at 'all times' sounds like too much if the outcome is not something way spectacular. I was waiting that the book called for that in the thirteenth night, at full moon, a special spell has to be spoken over the desem by a virgin under a thousand-year old oak tree ... (I guess that had to be left out because people messed up the spell and did more harm than good.)
So, did anybody actually went through the trouble of 'giving birth' to a desem starter ? Was it worth it ?