Sourdough starter from Lauren Chattman book - is there a typo?
I've recently bought Lauren Chattman's "Bread Making: A Home Course" book and, after feeling rather confused about the whole sourdough starter thing from reading other books, decided to try the starter recipe in this one because it seemed simple. The recipe is called Foolproof Sourdough Starter but I don't know if the recipe is wrong or whether I am a fool!
Day 1 calls for 1/4 cup water mixed with 1/2 cup rye flour, with the same on day 2, before half of it is discarded and plain/all-purpose flour is added in. I expected a starter to have a batter-like consistency, but this one is a paste and I don't know how I'm going to see bubbles in it when the water has been absorbed by the flour. Are the proportions the wrong way around, ie should there be 1/4 rye flour to 1/2 cup water, or is the paste what I should be expecting?