Am I creating a low hydration starter or underfeeding?
I have a starter going, but I think I'm going to goof it up so here's my question.
All the discussions on firm starters and 100 hydration starters etc got me thinking....
In order to create enough starter to do something with, I added equal grams of water/flour to the starter, but I didn't weigh the starter that I was adding to before I fed it.
I have lots of bubbles and it's quite obvious that it's working well, but I just added 100g of water and 100g of flour to it to increase the quantity. Having not weighed the original starter (which I believe to be at least 2x the amount of added flour/water - what am I doing to the life expectancy ond/or hydration - if anything?
I believe I understand that if I had 100g of starter and then added 100g flour/100gwater - I would have 200g of a 100% hydration starter. But if I had 100g of starter and added 200g of flour/water - it might be too much and have a negative effect or change the hydration?.
Conversely by adding to the starter at a ratio of 100g(starter) to 50g water and 50g flour - will I be starving the starter?
I guess my question - in summary is - to get more starter at 100% - do I always need to be adding a minimum of 1:1:1 which if beginning with 100 grams, then feeding with 100g would then be 200 to which I would then again add 1:1:1 resulting in 400g?
Am I on the right track or am I overthinking this again?
Aside from this - my starter looks good and smells good. I'd like to use it but now I have to research out how to determine at what point I can do that and what hydration I have. If it's not the 100% - how do I fix it? Just measure out the total amount of starter and add equal parts of flour/water to that..
I'm leaving it out on the counter. At what point can I refrigerate it so I don't have to feed it twice a day?
I've divided it into 2 containers so that I can experiment with them. I'm feeding them both.
The topic has been discussed about how often to feed starters,(refrigerated or not) but I hadn't seen anything on the minimum amount required to feed them. It's probably here somewhere, but so far I haven't found it.
I really appreciate all of you putting up with my never ending questions.