Am I doing this right? Help needed :(
As you can see from my username I am new to Sourdough... I have been making various breads for years now and pretty much bake everyday. I decided to take the plunge and make some Sourdough. My problem is my starter...
There are so many recipes and ways to do and do not that I am getting confused. I have tried twice now and my first batch ended up like grey slurry so I binned it. I am now on day six with my second batch but I have some questions.
I am using just white organic bread flour and a 1 litre Kilner jar. The recipe said seal the jar so I did, it all looked lovely and had kind of a sour milk smell but yesterday it seemed very watery and now smells like nail polish remover, I took a big whiff this morning and it stung my nostrils!!! I have been using 75g flour and 75g water. I am nearly up to the top of the jar! Although it is bubbling!
Some recipes say get rid of some, some say put it in the fridge.. I am just confused. I would be grateful for an indepth guide if that is at all possible? I am sure you have all had this question before but really I would be most grateful. Some questions below.
Is this smell normal? If not is it now ruined?
Do I refrigerate?
Do I discard any?
My recipe says I can use it after 5 days but I am reluctant with that smell... When can I use my first lot?
Are starters safe in general? My partner is reluctant to eat it and is convinced there will be horrible bacteria in there that wont be killed via cooking. And I have read some articles that worry me a bit. How do I know mine is not going to make me sick?
Again, any help would be much appreciated and thank you in advance..