So my starter is looking nice.... now what?
I followed the directions in the handbook and my starter is looking/smelling very good. I have been feeding it once a day for almost 2 weeks now. I'm a bit confused on what to do next. Here is the confusion:
Once your wild yeast is growing, the character and flavor will improve if you continue to give it daily feedings and keep it at room temperature for a couple of weeks longer.
After that time, it should be kept in the refrigerator between uses/feedings. Every week or so, take it out of the fridge, feed it by retaining only ¼ cup of starter and then feed it ¼ cup flour and 2 Tbs water.
This will mean that at any one time the most starter I will have is about a half cup. If a recipe calls for more than a half cup... it seems like I am missing something. Shouldn't I be just feeding the starter and retaining or using it?
Please help! I am chomping at the bit to make some sourdough!