I've been growing Poppa Bear for about 8 weeks. He has spawned Mama Bear, they in turn created Baby Bear, and a combination of all created Gen 3. I haven't used Baby or Gen 3 yet, but have some questions about Poppa...
This was a very simple, Emeril starter recipe - flour, water, yeast, sugar. For feeding, I've been using equal parts warm spring water and AP flour. Although I think I should be feeding more often (this is stored in the fridge), Poppa has been working pretty dependably for a straight-forward recipe - starter, bread flour, salt. A few weeks ago, we tried a whole-wheat version (subbed half the bread flour with whole-wheat) and, again, it seemed to rise preperly, although was a little close-grained after baking.
The other day, we experimented adding 1 T honey to the mix, plus a little extra AP flour as Poppa seemed kind of runny (I'm reading how to correct that currently). It seemed to have doubled (finger-poke). When it went into the oven it absolutely exploded. We bake on stones (unglazed tiles from Lowe's - awesome find!). I slashed the top, but the side actually split - a lot. That I'm sure can be corrected with deeper slashes on top. Again, though, the grain was VERY close.
Not being patient enough? It did grow in during the rise - oh yeah, this is a single-rise method. Any thoughts?
I baked bread a life-time ago, and have rediscovered the joy of having that fresh loaf come out of the oven. In the past few months, I have learned a lot - city water kills yeast, I ALWAYS used too much flour in that former life, and fresh-baked bread still makes my hips grow.