Starter alive but not very active (First Timer with this stuff)
Hello I created a starter through a 6 day period. It was a recipe a friend gave me the recipe is also available at Shaboom bread box online. Anyways the starter was doubling in size up until day 5 I added day 5 ingredients and I was suppose to leave and cover for 6 hours or until doubles. Well I only read the 6-8 hours and assumed I was supposed to put it in the fridge. In six hours it climbed about a half inch (probably not enough). And in the fridge it went.
So with the intention of making bread on day 7 I took some out and mixed some with flour and water and it was supposed to double within 3-5 hours.Needless to say it is day 3 of no rising on my counter. I realized that my started was not active as it should be and I wanted to aviod going through another 6 days of waiting.
My starter is still alive and as of yesterday I started feeding it every 12 hours discard half and refresh. It smells and tastes like I think it should sour and looks like the gooey innards of marshmellow. The bubbles are still minimal and it is not climbing with the feeds. Now to the question how often can I feed my starter to get that climb that I need before I use it?