I think I just killed a Norse god (starter Q)
I wish I had some pictures to show you, but for now we'll make due with descriptions.
I created Odin 5 days ago and have been feeding him twice a day (roughly 2:1:1). The first day, he looked like pancake batter and smelled like wet flour. No surprises there. The second day, he smelled a little like yeast-y beer. I thought that was a little too soon, but I wasn't going to argue with progress! The third day, he smelled like yeast and I even want to say he was beginning to foam, though that could just be fondness interfering with the accuracy of my memories.
The fourth day, he didn't smell so pleasant anymore. A hint of yeast smell, but overall, something pungent and odorous. I couldn't even begin to tell you what it smelled like because it was my first time smelling something like that. But if I had to describe it, kind of like spoiled food--a little sour, and definitely not "fruity" like I've been reading it should be. Also, all the other times before his first feeding, he still looked like pancake batter. This time, the water and flour had separated--the flour had clumped then sunk. I gave it a stir and fed him as per his schedule, hoping that he was just having a sick day.
Today when I came in to check on my dear little Odin, he was very odorous (in a bad way). Definitely more sour smelling (like bad milk kinda sour, and probably not like delicious sourdough sour, though I may be mistaken?). The flour was clumped again and separated from the water and there were no yeast-y bubbles (but there were these tiny, tiny bubbles, kind of like the bubbles you see on the side of a pot when you boil water). Now I'm really worried. I gave him a stir then gave him a new home before feeding him again.
Give it to me straight, doc--has my poor Odin met his end?
Some other, probably pertinent info:
-I currently reside in China.
-I feed him white flour and bottled water twice a day, favoring the water a little more than the flour since I read somewhere that higher hydration is recommended for those looking for a less sour-y yeast (about 3/4T flour and 1 1/4T water; I don't have a scale, sorry).
-The windows are always open here and because of the monsoons, weather has been cooler and more breezy. It's still "hot" here, though: 34C or 93.2F today. We rarely use the A/C and it's not exactly feasible for me to leave Odin in my room with the a/c on while I'm at work, haha.
-When I'm not feeding him, he uses a kitchen towel as his blanket.