Starter suddenly weaker
Hi everyone -
I took the advice of some forum members from my last post and split off a 125% hydration starter into a 100% one. I ended up keeping the 100% one as it flourished immediately.
Things were going well and it looked to be on track to try out this weekend (more than doubling in 12 hours). I was feeding it twice a day, 100g starter: 100g flour: 100g water, with my flour being a half-and-half mix of KA all-purpose and KA whole wheat.
However, I’ve been struggling to keep up with consistent 12 hour feedings (I’m a graduate student and have a long commute, so on class days I’m out of the house for 14+ hours). A few days ago, I also decided to try to keep the overall amount of starter smaller (still 1:1:1, but with 50g instead of 100).
It hasn’t really been doubling since (granted, it’s only been like 2 days). It’s still bubbly and has a nice tangy, yeasty smell to it. No hooch on top. I tried a 1:2:2 feeding this morning and will be home in time to do a second feeding tonight. Am I on the right track or am I jacking this up?