R.I.P. Mr. Yeasty
Alas, this morning had my confirmations that my 'sluggish' seed culture was a bust. After an amazing, unexpected 2nd day rise - day 3 was a horrible disappointment. I covered it back up to follow Reinhart's suggestion to give a sluggish seed culture another 12-24 hours. I awoke to not one iota of movement in the container. Not a single bubble, and the top of the mixture slowly turned darker than the rest. The smell, which had been so ripe and knock-your-socks-off had dwindled, and the final nail in the coffin - I found a small speck of something white and fuzzy :(
Thankfully my second starter, which uses the pineapple juice method (save that I used OJ) suddenly woke up and joined the party. Perhaps he was celebrating the death of his competitor, who knows? I awoke to a good inch of foam atop of a starter that had shown no signs that it was even alive. Thank goodness for backup plans - but I'd really hoped to do a 100% rye sourdough. I suppose it'll just have to be closer to 75% rye with a shot of spelt!