Working on my first starter...........need some serious help.
I have been baking bread for a few weeks now. I don't have anything special to make it with, just use a bowl, my hands, and a pan.........lol I make about 4-5 loafs a week about one a day.
Anyway I am making an attempt to start a starter for sourdough. About 4 days ago I started making this starter http://home.teleport.com/~packham/sourdo.htm itwas okay the first day (it says to feed it only one a day). The second day it had some nasty fluid on top and smelled REALLY REALLY grose, sort of like nasty spit-up from a baby......... When i went to feed it again I just stirred it back in and fed it again. When i stir in the feeding i see a bunch of bubbles, but I don't know if it's doubling in size or not. It is about the consistancy of thick pancake batter. So today I took out about 2T of it and tossed it, then added the next feeding. I also started it with unbleached all purpose flour (organic). Today i finally got some stone ground whole wheat and fed it with that (hopefully i didn't hurt anything). My question is do you think it's doing what it should? It keeps getting that fluid on top. Should I feed it more than once a day? I have also been leaving it out on the counter in the kitchen (probably abou 75-80 degrees). Should I just throw it away? There are bubbls forming on top a lot of them. I'm just worried that it's so liquid.
Since I was worried about this starter.............i went ahead and tried starting another one with the wheat flour. I used this recipe http://www.sourdoughhome.com/startermyway.html It is entirely different! it's kind of dry, and not soupy at all. It says to feed it twice a day. Should I start removing half of it this early? Or should I wait until it doubles in size............. IDK this all kind of baffles me.
I found o a pic of someones starter on this forum..............um yes, mine looks absolutely NOTHING like that (well they are both white..lol).