How much to feed your starter?
How much do you feed your starter? When I started off with Blarf, I had a 100% hydration starter that was fed 2:1:1 (starter:flour:water). This worked well for me with twice a day feedings, but I was able to get away with once a day as well. When Dulce was born, I kept her on a 1:1:1 once a day schedule, which seemed to stay more active longer (more food).
I now have a 125% hydration that is fed 4:4:5 one a day, and a 60% that is fed 5:5:3 once a day. The firmer starter seems to be ok with this, but the liquid Blarf loses a lot of activity towards the end of the day (as it approaches its new feeding).
Eventually I think it would be nice to develop a schedule that uses a lot more flour and water, but only has to be fed once a week. For example, what if we were to do something like 1:10:10 once a week? What is the least you could feed your starter and keep it active? I imagine it would have to be fed fairly often; twice a day at 4:1:1 might work. I would be interested to see how the activity levels change from the moment of feeding up until it is about to be fed again.
Things to think about with feeding schedules:
- How different does your starter behave when used 4 hours, 8 hours, or right before its next feeding?
- What percentage of your overall dough does your starter usually occupy?
- How much energy does it take to keep your starter at the schedule?
- How do you adjust when the schedule needs to change?
Thanks for any input on the matter.
Danny - Sour Flour