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Help for a newbie with a starter

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Aberdeenshire Quine's picture
Aberdeenshire Quine

Help for a newbie with a starter

OK, so I've taken the plunge. I did the water and flour thing last night; and my book says that by day 5 it will start bubbling. It bubbled after ONE day. Doubled in size. I've fed it, but do I need to start again.

The context is that it's truly freezing here, and the heating is bust in our kitchen. So it was in the airing cupboard. Mistake?

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dabrownman

it is just the bad bacteria making the normal ruckus.  Just hang in there and continue to follow the feeding schedule recommended.  Completely normal for abnormal wee beasties at this time!

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Aberdeenshire Quine

Ok. Put it back in the airing cupboard or leave it out? It's my guess it's about 18 degrees in the kitchen.

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dabrownman

has done so well there thus far.  20 - 22 would be better but you have to live with what you have.  It will probably die down then perk up and then do it all over again over the next week or so.   The 2nd time this happens you will have the right stuff you are looking for.

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Aberdeenshire Quine

OK. Just out of interest, I left it out in the kitchen, and it doubled in size again- less active, but. I've now fed it twice after starting it, and am going out for a bigger jar!

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Davo

You are discarding before feeding? No need for bigger jar...