I have no idea what I'm doing, HELP!
Yes, I am a newbie on both is board and in making sourdough, and I really need some help.
On a recent trip back home to the States I got a hold of two packets of Mister Baker's San Francisco Sourdough Starter to see if I couldn't get it going here in Japan and get a taste of home. I followed the directions as stated, let it sit for two days and then took a look to see what I had.
I did have yeast like bubbles, but the whole thing smelled rotten, not sour, but rancid like rancid beer. I carefully poured it into a jar and stuck it into the fridge for a day.
Yesterday, after looking at this site and a few others, I thought that it might be hungry, so I stirred the liquid back in and added more flour and water and let it sit. A few hours latter, I did have yeasty like bubbles and yeast like smell, but it didn't double at all. I stuck it back in the fridge and in just checking it, I have quite a bit more of that foul smelling liquid and a large, white, mass that looks suspiciously like wet flour.
So please tell me, is it supposed to be doing that? Is there any hope for it? Should I use up my second and last packet? I admit that my entire experience with sourdough has been eating it. While I've been baking bread for a bit, it's always has been using active dry yeast and proofing that, so please start off with the basics.
Thanks ahead of time for any and all help!