Bad Mistake to Make, Yet So Easy to Avoid
I may have lost my sourdough.
I had a small-ish amount remaining in my container in the fridge and thought that since it hadn't been used in a little while, I'd take all of it out, refresh it, use it as the sponge for a fresh batch while saving a chunk to propagate the culture, like it's normally done. So I did that, getting most of the goop out of the jar and doing my thing. Except I forgot to remove a bit to put back in the jar.
Now, I'm hoping that there's enough stuff stuck on the bottom and sides of the jar that I could use to revive the culture very slowly, if I could scrape it into a small ball of dough or dissolve it in some lukewarm water, and slowly resuscitate it from near death. If that fails, I guess my only hope of saving this culture is to take some of the multigrain honey bread dough i made and use that to seed a new sourdough...though traces of salt, honey, and wheat berries might remain for a little while.
I'll try to frankenstein it tomorrow.
So remember kids. Always leave some goop in the jar! or container of choice.