Okay. I know people are asking about how the starter should smell all the time, but I'm gonna ask again anyway.
My starter is 4 days old and it is already really vigorous. I started it with just fresh ground whole wheat flour and water. When you feed it it really goes crazy rising. It almost exploded out of the jar last night. So I'm pretty sure there's plenty of yeast growing in there.
The problem is, it smells pretty bad. Kinda farty, kinda pukey. I just detected some sour notes this morning for the first time, but otherwise I haven't noticed any before. It has not smelled very yeasty, either; just a faint fart-like aroma. Will this smell go away with time? I stuck the culture in the refrigerator today.
Could it be that my starter was too warm?
I read that over time the bacteria and yeast I want will predominate over the stinkies I don't want. Is this true? or should I throw it out and start over? It seems so alive I would hate to throw it out because I assume it's got quite a bit of leavening potential!