Reactivation What went wrong
I created a sourdough a few weeks ago and it came to fruition last week. I took half of the starter and tested it out, made pancakes and a baguette. I surprised myself; it was delicious. I put the remaining starter into a cleaned and sterilized pickle jar poked some holes in the top and put it in the fridge.
A few days ago I took the starter out to begin the process of making more. I refreshed it with the 1:1:1 mix, which worked for me when I made the first loaf. I had a cup of starter from the fridge, added a cup of water and a cup of flour. Two days later it still hasn't risen, no bubbles, and it is the consistancy of paint. It has no smell. The starter has clearly died.
I mixed everything in a glass bowl with plastic utensils, covered with a towel and put in a warm dark place above my fridge where the starter began its life.
What went wrong?
I have to begin the process of creating a starter all over again, which is fine (I think I've got the process down), but I invested three weeks of feeding only to have the thing die when I tried to refresh it. Very Frustrating.
Any thoughts on how I can keep this starter alive in the fridge?