first attempt at sourdough which is also GF
I am new to the site and can't wait to explore it more, it looks like I could spend a lot of time here ;-)
I have been baking GF bread for some time now. I usually use teff or sorghum.
So this is my first attempt at sourdough and am reading through some post and wonder if I am in way over my head. I don't even know what "hydration" is and don't recall it being mentioned in the two recipes I looked at for GF sourdough.
Today is day 6. I just started w/ 1 cup of ivory teff and 1 cup distilled water, covered the jar with a clean towel. I started feeding with 1/2 cup each teff and 1/2 cup water every 12 hours but a day and half ago went to every 24hrs since my house is ~65 degrees and although I was smelling something, and seeing some bubbling I was not seeing a lot of activity. After making that switch I think I was seeing more of the "hooch", black liquid at the top but still not expanding in size a lot. I also ran out of teff around the same time and switched to sorghum. Tonight I come home and it looks different. There is definitely something growing in there but it smells different, less appealing and looks different. There is no black liquid, it is foamy in places and has irregular pattern of tan and gray on top.
I am just wondering if anyone wants to throw their two cents in to whether or not I should keep going, and suggestions as to changes I could make to the regimen. I thought about putting my my bedroom since it's warmer at night when I am home with the heater, but thought the variability in temp may not be the best for it.
I am also wondering, I have over a pound of flour into it, and the way I understand it have at least another 4-8 days before I can use it for bread. My jar is only so big. What would be a good method for using some up to reduce the size and avoid waste?
any suggestions would be appreciated.