How to 'use' starter after it's been slowed-down ? (Nobody?)
I've created my 1st starter.
100% whole rye fed, initially with pineapple juice.
After 5 days, I had a very active starter. At 80degs, 1:1:1 feedings, doubling in 2-3 hours, finally on a 4x/day feed.
Smells good, looks good. So I think I've got a decent, stable & healthy starter.
But, for my domestic, non-commercial, just-getting-started needs, that's way too fast.
So I'm learning to slow it down, targeting a 1x/day countertop/room-temp feeding, with an eventual in-the-fridge goal.
Switching to a 1:2:2 @ 70degs feed helped quite a bit, nicely domed and tripled at ~ 14 hours --- but at 24 hours, starting to collapse. I've now switched to 1:4:4, and 68degs; we'll see how this goes.
My question is: when it comes time to use the starter -- e.g., to form a poolish -- especially once it'll be in the fridge, do I need to first rejuvenate the starter, warming it up and feeding it with a higher-pressure 1:1:1 feed once or twice? And then use it in the poolish?
Or, is it sufficient to grab some of the slow/cold starter, and use it immediately in the poolish, and let it effectively rejuvenate, in situ, there? In this latter case, I'm pretty sure it'd be a slower rise -- not sure yet if the starter would take at all ...