I went through the most of what's been said here and found no help, so here's what the story is, hope somebody could help. I got 3 different cultures from sourdo.com, i started the first italian and after a day it had a nice smell which i would compare to fresh sour gerkins, then the smell turned to very bad and strong which indicated it got contaminated, it was still this kind of smell but very strong and going bad, so i washed and put into proofing box and started two other cultures the sime time at the same box, the smell never came back, all 3 cultures smell the same in any given inviroment or temperature, i tried every kind of thing, washing, different proofing times and temps and no results, the cultures sure are somehow active which mean they grow but not much and the taste is always the same acidic and nothing more, i did bake with it and the bread or pizza did bake but no taste except the acidy salty, i may be a begginer but belive me i thought it thru by many angles so just assume i am doin the steps right and if so is it possible that i destroyed the cultures by proofing them seperate jars but same box at a time? i would be very hapy if that is the case as it has been almost 2 months me strugling with it and a great solution would be buying nev starter and activating:) other than that i have no idea what to do.. any clues? thanks for any, Adam
p.s. are there any other members from Poland here?