Starter seems to be doing nothing...
Thought I would make the foray into creating my own starter and armed with Reinhart's BBA book, some coarse rye flour and pineapple juice I started on day one and left it at room temperature (around 20˚c).
On Day Two, 24hrs later, I checked and nothing had happened. Fair enough, the book said that might be the case. So I added the next lot of flour and juice and left it.
Day Three and a little frustrated to find it's not grown a millimetre. The book suggests it might have grown 50% so I thought mine might have grown at least a little. Anyway, it said to proceed regardless so I discarded half and added the water and flour. Left for another 24 hours.
Now... It's Day Four and once again it's not moved. No growth, no swelling, nothing. Ok, maybe a couple of air bubbles have appeared on the surface but that's it. BBA says if it's not doubled to leave it for another 12 -24 hours, but I'm a little worried- is another 12 -24 going to make a difference if nothing at all has yet happened?
Maybe I'm being impatient, but it is frustrating when I'm not seeing any activity at all. Plus, I'm not sure what to do if after this 24hrs it's still not done anything as the book gives no info for this kind of situation... Do I keep waiting, do I do another feeding? Do I discard any before I feed? Should I still be using the pineapple juice.... etc etc
If anyone could offer some advice it would be greatly appreciated!