Unhealthy baby starter
I recently created a starter and it's not so healthy. It still has bubbles, but it makes hooch every day and doesn't really poof up in the container. I was feeding it daily accd. to the book I have. Here's how I started it:
- Day 1 mix whole wheat flour, raisin water (to add S. Exiguus yeast cells), diastatic malt, honey
- Day 2 double with bread flour, water, diastatic malt, honey
- Day 3 double with bread flour, water, diastatic malt
- Day 4 divide in half, then double with bread flour and water
- Day 5 double with bread flour and water
This is from "Crust and Crumb". It says I shouldn't feed more than once daily or else it will get sluggish. I've read elsewhere on this forum you should feed at least 2x daily. The proportion of flour to water in this starter is 4:3 flour:water by volume, 3:4 flour:water by weight. For the past week I've been just discarding all but 1 cup of starter and doubling it with flour and water.
Some other points:
- I'm using brita filtered water (i.e., no chlorine)
- It's staying around 65-70 degrees (my book says that the S. Exiguus yeast thrives best at that temp)
- Even after 2 days of no feeding there is still gluten in the starter so I know the yeast is not doing much.
- I even tried using more raisin water to get more yeast during one feeding. No difference.
I've recorded pictures of the daily stages of the yeast and its current status in my picasa album:
Any help would be great.