I have a starter that is about 10 weeks old and seemingly healthy and active. It grows very quickly, raises loaves well and smells great. Now, here's my concern- when I feed it and refrigerate it, it rises, falls and gets a layer of hooch within 12 to 18 hours. I'm not sure if that is normal, and if so, can I and should I leave it alone until its next use? (usually a couple days) I thought hooch meant it was hungry and should be fed, but also that chilling it should slow things down so it shouldn't need daily (or even twice daily) feedings. I don't weigh the flour or water, I use volume measures, but tend to make the starter on the thicker side. It is sometimes pasty/gluey when I take it from the fridge. (but not always).
I've gone on and on here trying to explain. I just wonder if this is normal. Other than feeding it more than I planned I'm pleased with it and want to maintain it well.
Thanks for any thoughts on this.