The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

What's next?

jayc32's picture
jayc32

What's next?

I've just done the day 6 feeding on my starter I can't really tell if it smells yeasty yet but it is definitely expanding and it looks quite bubbly and alive. My questin is do I keep feeding it once a day or do I start feeding it more often? Also do I keep feeding it the same amount which is currently 2:1:1 or do I change the amount?

gaaarp's picture
gaaarp

You can keep your current ratio, but you'll have to feed it more often, probably 2-3 times a day. If you up the ratio to 1:1:1 or 1:2:2, it will take longer to double (because you are adding more flour), so it will not have to be fed quite as often. If you keep it at room temperature, you're still going to end up feeding it about every 12 hours.


If you don't want to feed your starter daily, put it in the fridge. That way, you can feed it about once a week. Use lukewarm water to feed, and let it sit out for a few hours before returning to the refrigerator.

jayc32's picture
jayc32

I think I will up it to 1:2:2 and feed every 12 hours for at least another week then I'll put it in the fridge. Thanks for the help!