Starter smells like apples
A few weeks ago, I decided to try and get my own starter going with fresh ground Montana wheat. I used a tiny bit of Bragg's Apple cider vinegar (the bottle says "with the mother") and the starter got going pretty quickly without any bad smells at all. It was bubbling up and doubling in size by day 4 then had a few slow days but never, ever had any nasty smells. It always had a very fragrant and almost flowery smell to it.
Then I got some San Francisco sourdough starter (I bought it from Breadtopia) and I got carried away with this new starter that had the exact flavor I wanted. So I put that homemade starter in the fridge and then completely forgot about it. It's been in there a couple of weeks. And I just discovered it as I was cleaning out the fridge.
It smells absolutely wonderful - it smells like a bag of apples - though it doesn't smell anything like sourdough. Doesn't seem to have suffered at all from being lost in the back of the fridge.
I'm feeding it now and waking it back up - guess I'll have to bake something with it and see what I get. I do remember that it was a very active riser before I put it in the fridge. It would double in volume in about 4 hours and want to be fed again.
Wish there were a way I could attach a smell to this post so you could take a whiff :)
Anyone else have starter that smells of apples?