Question on Leader's rye starter
Hello, all! I have tried four times to make Dan Leader's German Rye Starter from his book Local Breads. Each time, on day 2, the starter rises beautifully to twice its volume and smells and tastes great, but it never rises again. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly, with feedings (1/4 cup water + 1/2 cup rye flour) on days 1 through 4. In subsequent trials, I tried moving the refreshment stage (1/2 cup rye flour + 1/2 cup spring water) up to day 4 and even to day 3, but the starter invariably acts dead after day 2. I'd very much appreciate any advice you can share. Many thanks.