Test Drive your Starter
I smelled my starter before I baked today. It was trying to tell me something.
In the begining, this starter was never very sour, but now at one month old it has changed and can be where ever I steer it. This one had been mildly neglected this week and got pretty powerful.
It told me it was going to be very sour and I don't like "very sour." I should have waited a day or two and washed the starter until it smelled like what I like to eat.
Next time I crank up a starter to cook with in a day or two, I'll not only shoot for volume but also taste.