When to use starter
Everything online says to use the starter after it is fed and rises to its peak - float in water test. But I've found I get a lot more bulk rise if I use it before feeding and/or after it has fallen.
To me it makes sense to use a starter that is hungry so it reacts with the new flower in dough, not the other way around.
I decided to do a test of each side by side. In the end, other than one showing more bulk rise, I couldnt tell the difference. Same finish, bubbles, crumb and taste.
How am I misunderstanding the science and is it just possible that I have a very active starter and it just doesn't matter?