Hooch and nothing happening
Hi! I'm so glad I found this site! Been reading, watching, and doing some more reading about creating a starter but I can't seem to successfully get mine going ☹️ or maybe i'm just impatient and expect mine to turn out like all of the videos out there! ☹️
I'm on Day 4 of my starter/s and I noticed a hooch always present after a couple of hours after feeding. I currently have 3 starters:
Starter 1 - 50g AP flour / 50g bottled water / covered loosely with lid / left at room temp / feeding schedule: 1:1(AP flour):1, every 24hrs
Starter 2 - 50g Rye flour / 50g bottled water / covered loosely with clingwrap / left at room temp / feeding schedule: 1:1(50 rye/50 AP flour):1, every 24hrs
Starter 3 - 50g Rye flour / 50g bottled water / covered loosely with lid / left at room temp / feeding schedule: 1:1(AP flour):1, every 24hrs
Day 1 - all 3 were active and double in sized with lots of small bubbles.
Day 2 - activity lessened, still had small bubbles
Day 3 - none of them grew and definitely less bubbles. Hooch formed in all 3 a couple hours after being fed. I stirred all of them and let them be.
Day 4 - still with hooch and slight bubbles on top but no other movement. I've noticed they're more runny than when they 1st started. They all have a tangy smell but nothing unpleasant.
Here's a photo of Starter 2 (left) and Starter 3 (right). Didn't take a photo of Starter 1 because it was just fed so there was no hooch or bubbles yet.
Now on to my question/s... should I just keep feeding them every 24 hours with the same ratio? Why has there been no movement since yesterday?
The same thing happened with my first starter a couple of weeks ago. I got worried I killed it so I threw it away. I'm trying not to panic and worry this time around, which is why I'm so glad I found this site to ask for help. Any advice/tip would be greatly appreciated.