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New to starters--Unsure about feeding

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00Eve00's picture
00Eve00

New to starters--Unsure about feeding

I have a 6 day old AP flour starter.  Today was the first day I switched over to AP flour and water from rye and orange juice.  This morning I fed him and he doubled and collapsed in 4 hours so I fed him.  Ive been watching him and I noticed that he's doubling again and it's been about 4 hours.  This has all been happening at 68 F.  


Should I feed him again, but switch from a 1:1:1 to a 1:2:2?


He smells like alcohol (like a fuzzy navel lol) and yeast, and is nice and puffy so I don't think his vigor is due to leuc or other flora....but I could be wrong.


Thanks for your help. :)

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gaaarp

If it's rising that quickly, I would definitely increase the water and flour in your feedings. Try 1:2:2 and see how it does. If it still rises quickly, increase the ratio further.


Good luck!

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00Eve00

Thank you gaaarp! I'll do that.  Since I posted my starter just about tripled until it collapsed.  I appreciate your help :)