When to Use Starter in Cycle
I'm completely new to sourdough. I have a rye based starter which is 2 and a half weeks old now. It is clearly very active and more than doubles in size post feed. But I am wondering when is the right time in its cycle to use it for baking. When I feed it at 10pm and go to bed at 2am it has begun to rise but it is not until I get up at 8am that it has doubled in size. It stays like that, maybe growing a little more, until I stir it down and feed it again next evening. When is the best time to bake in this cycle? And should I take starter for use without stirring or stir then take some starter? I'm not sure either if it makes a difference if I am following an ambient or retarded method? Any advice would be welcome, thanks.