Hello to all,
I have a question that may seem obvious or ignorant so I will have to ask you to excuse me:
Why is it that in all the tutorials regarding how to make a sourdough starter, they all say (after about Day 4) to "discard four-fifths (or half) and replace with equal amount of flour and water". Why must one "discard" what seems to be a well progressing starter? Is it not possible to transfer the contents into a larger container if one is worried about the thing growing too much and spilling over, or split the contents into two jars, that way you have two starters for future use? Like I said, excuse the question if it sounds too dumb (I´m trying to make my first starter), and I´ve tried searching the forum for any related topic but no luck so far. If there is a thread that answers this question, please let me know where it is.
This is what my starter looked like into Day 4, before the night feeding of Day 4. Am I on the right track here? I´ve already transferred the contents into a larger jar in anticipation of what may come (did I do the right thing doing this, or did I just screw up major?)
Thanks for your patience...