Is my hybernated starter back-up coming to life?
Hi, this is my first post.
I am doing an experiment. I have a 9 month old active, well-established starter that is in regular use. When 6 weeks old I took a small portion and refrigerated as a backup. 7 months later as I forgot about it, I decided to experiment to see if it is still alive.
I fed at 1: 1: 1: twice a day, all purpose and once with whole wheat. End of day 1 I saw a couple bubbles but otherwise very still, thinking the bubbles are from stirring.
Next morning, 24 hours later, there was nothing, no activity at all. End that day, so 36 hours later, I saw maybe a 25% rise.
Next morning, 48 hours later, it had nearly doubled and small bubbles throughout.
Would you say that this activity means the starter survived or does it mean brand new fermentation and starting over with a new flour and water I put in? I'm just not sure if I just started a brand new starter or if it is the original coming to life. It will go in the trash regardless, like I said it's just an experiment.