yeast refusing to hold on
Boy am I happy that I found this site!! I am having trouble (of course) with what I thought was my first attempt at sourdough starter..
I am using BBA method for Seed Culture, hoping to get to the Barm stage at some point. I have two questions. #1) I see here that many say that this method (BBA) is a method for Wide Yeast NOT Sourdough starter. Can someone clear up the difference for me? And how does one start a Sourdough Starter?
More Importantly... #2) Having trouble getting my seed culture to develop according to what BBA says should be happening... This has been my method and results...
DAY 1: 4.25oz coarse rye flour & 6oz room temp water (NYC water run through my Brita filter). Put in plastic beaker, marked height.
DAY 2: Saw small rise (I think maybe 50% or less-can't quite remember). Mixed in 4.5oz bread flour & 4oz water.
DAY 3: I think this is the day that I had a pretty big rise - maybe double, maybe a bit more. Discarded 1/2 the starter. Added 4.5 oz bread flour & 4oz water.
DAY 4: maybe 50% rise. BBA said that I should have had at least a double this day, or to allow it to sit out another 12-24 hours - so I left it alone until...
DAY 5: Still no double, maybe 50% rise - decided to discard 1/2 and feed again.
DAY 6: Same - no double, but fed it again..
Day 7 - TODAY. Looks like I had 75% rise, but then it fell back again to 50%. The past couple of days (I'm getting confused, should have kept a journal) it seems to rise best between when I feed it and maybe 6-8 hours later, then it seems to stall and then falls back by the time it gets around to 24 hours..
AM I STARVING IT? I've read that many methods discard and feed every 12 hours. Should I try this? I'm still waiting for the double rise without falling - then BBA tells me to use 7 oz of this "seed culture" with 3 1/2 cups (16oz) flour and 16oz water to make the barm.
This that I've made smells a bit sour and a bit bready - not bad, I think that day 3 was the worst smell (and the best rise-was this just bacteria.?
Sorry for the long post, I appreciate any help that you can give me. I just fed it for today, may try to feed again in 12 hours.