I have been making sourdough for several years.
My original starter went bad due to a period of several months were I stopped baking and neglected to take care of the starter.
I ordered a new dried San Fransisco sourdough starter.
I followed the directions which were to feed with 1 cup flour and 3/4 cup water every 6 to 12 hours and keep at 85 degrees.
After 5 days it was supposed to double between feedings but it did not rise at all. It did have a sourdough starter smell to it and some slight bubbles.
I fed it with fresh milled WW flour and kept it in a warm oven which probably was somewhat below 85 degrees.
I still have half of the dried starter left. I am wondering if I should try again with white bread flour.
Do I have to feed it so much flour and water? It seems wasteful to use so much and have to dump it.