Tartine Starter Question
I'm a newbie (both to this forum and to Tartine bread). I'm on my second starter attempt and not sure if what I have is working.
i started with 50 grams of 50/50 white all purpose and wheat King Arthur flour and 50 grams of bottled water. By the third day I had a mix that had risen at least double. I stirred all of it together, then discarded about 75 to 80%, leaving about 25 to 30 grams of starter, which I then fed with 50 grams of the 50/50 mix and 50 grams of water. Covered with a single layer towel. 24 hours later it had risen about 300%. I repeated the feeding. Almost no activity for the next 7 to 8 days except for some bubbles around the edge. Now, after about 10 days, I'm getting bubbles around the edge and a rise of about 50% after 10 to 12 hours, but it doesn't drop. It's still at that level (or close) after 24 hours. I'm still feeding every 24 hours, but unsure why the rise doesn't drop. It stinks somewhat after 24 hours, not much odor after feeding. Temperature is about 74 degrees, sitting in a fairly dark corner with no drafts.
Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.