New To Sourdough, new to Starter, Please Help!
Hi everyone, I am new to sourdough, and I recently made my own starter from a recipe I had in a book. I made a loaf from it early this week and it was good! Mild, but I understand that's due mostly to the immaturity of my starter. My issue is this, my starter is very wet. I can stir it together and it is the consistency of a heavy syrup. I've seen pictures of starter and I assumed it would hold together more, be like a soft dough. Is there something wrong with my starter? Or is this how it should be? Also, I have it in a Gallon jar to give it room, (which is way too big, I know!) I get about an inch of sugar alcohol on the top. No weird colors, pink, green, or orange, and it smells just a little fermented, not rotten... Please let me know if these are normal for starter. Thanks in advance!
If it helps, this is the recipe I used.
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour