To Feed or Not to Feed...
I started a spelt seed culture using the pineapple juice method (but used orange juice) with the directions/proportions listed in Reinhart's "Whole Grain Breads" book, starting on pg 61.
Day 1 was fairly uneventful. Aerated 3 times as recommended, but otherwise left it alone.
Day 3 was also fairly uneventful, save for the fact that the culture kept separating. I didn't even get much bubbling. At just past the 48 hour mark I got up and moved on to Phase 2/Day 3 instructions - at which point this bad boy went bananas and really took off.
Day 4 (Today) I fed it around noonish. I've aerated it twice, and both times it's become a frothy mass with a distinct beer-like scent. It's sort of the consistency of foamy marshmallow cream and falls when disturbed. I know it says that it may be ready in under 24 hours - but really, less than half the time? Should I move on to Phase 4, which is discarding half and giving it a huge feeding to build it back up, or wait until morning? I really don't want to rush my seed culture, but I also don't want to risk starving it, either.