Crying in my hooch.
I could just cry. Maybe I will. After going through almost the entire sourdough starter process, I was on day 5 and, because I read it was a great way to warm up an oven, I tried putting my starter in the oven with the light to add warmth. A great idea since our house is usually around 65 degrees. Well, I got the surprise of my life when I opened my oven door and the oven was HOT. My ovens are new GE Monogram, so this is my first time (and last time!) using this method, because I'm pretty sure the heat killed those yeasties dead.
After some debate, I forged ahead and did my sourdough bread. Made the dough too stiff (measured, not weighed the flour). Added water. Let it set to rise. Nothing. So, after all my excitement, I had nothing to show for all that waiting and feeding and . . . *sigh* I'm back to square one. Well, actually I saved some of the sponge before making the sourdough bread. It has a few bubbles. Do you think I can use it?