How fast can a starter um... start?
Yesterday morning, I mixed up a cup of water and a cup of flour in an empty plastic jar. This morning it was gloppy when I fed it. I poured off half, added 1.2 cup water and unbleached AP flour.
It certainly smells sourish and yeasty, and its risen about an inch. It is full of teeny bubbles, as well.
I'm sure it isnt ready for baking, but it is still awfully exciting. How fast could a starter start?