300% hydration starter
Hi there :)
I'm new to the site, which I only discovered yesterday, and I spent pretty much the entire day today reading all kinds of interesting stuff, but now I just have loads of questions :) I'm an avid baker and I been using sourdough for the last couple of years, though I've restarted quite a few times because I've accidentally killed my starter. Even though I've used sourdough for some time my knowledge on the subject is quite limited, and that's the point of my thread.
The starter recipe I use, which is the only one I knew of until today, is a 300% hydration starter and after reading a lot of info to day, I'm starting to wonder what the pro's and con's of using such a high hydration is? The starter doesn't rise a all, the flour just separates from the water an sits on the bottom half of the jar. It works fine for rye bread, which I primarily bake, but I have to also use a bit of yeast to get a wheat dough to rise. From all the things I've read today, which my head is still processing, I think the high hydration means a better environment for lactic acid bacterias than yeast, which would explain the poor rising capabilities in my bread. Have I understood that correctly? Should it still be possible to rise a bread properly with this kind of starter, or is a more normal hydration level necessary?
Another thing I've learned today is the importance of consistency, whereas my feeding plan before was very sporadic and random, I'll definitely be more consistent from now on. Is it still two times a day for such a high hydration level, or does the water influence that somehow?
If I want to use a more normal hydration % should I just convert the one I have, which isn't doing to well at the moment, or would it be better to start from scratch?
And does it make sense to have too different starters, one from rye for rye bread and one from wheat for wheat bread?
Anyways, I hope my questions make sense, since my head is a bit bashed from everything I've read today :) And thanks to everyone here for an absolutely awesome site!