Will my starter poison me - sick starter
I have a starter that's just over two years old, and I pulled him out of the fridge a few days ago to find that he really smelled (of old parmesan cheese), and there was a weird pinky-brown layer on top that looked like either little worms, or kind of like mushroom gills ... unfortunately I didn't think to take a photo. I will admit I'd been neglecting him a little, but only to the point where I was expecting some hooch on top and he'd be fine after a few days of being well-fed.
The stuff underneath that pink layer seemed ok (looked normal, smelled ok, if still a teeny bit cheesy). So I thought I had nothing to lose and mixed about a tablespoon up and let it sit out overnight. After a few days of refreshing the starter, it seems completely back to normal - smells lovely, bubbles up beautifully and acts as you'd expect a normal starter to act.
My reasoning initially was that the lactobacillus would just kill off any leftover bacteria from that initial tablespoon, and after a few feeds the environment would even out again. Is this reasonable to think, or am I risking food poisoning? There isn't a whole lot on the internet about well-established starters that have gone bad like this.