So this is a bit of an odd question, but I hope I can present it clearly.
It seems that after being banned to the back of the fridge for far too long, my ischia and camoldi have revolted. The ischia is very lagging and I fear may have just up and died on me (I just did a wash in the hopes that I can salvage it) and my camoldi became, well, moldy.
I've ordered a new pair of the two from Ed, but while I'm waiting for those to arrive I've began to ponder capturing my own cultures.
Some days ago I began setting a bowl of light rye and water out in the hopes of catching something. I *think* I did, it is fairly bubbly, but I'm not really noticing any rise with feedings, which has me perplexed.
I also began thinking though about how neat it would be (if at all possible) to maximize your chance for catching a specific strain of yeast.
For example, I mixed up a batch of flour and water today and covered the bowl with cheesecloth. Since its not very warm in AK lately I'm leaving the bowl indoors instead of outside. But I did pluck a few good handfuls of fireweed from the yard and have them sitting on the cheesecloth atop the starter in the hopes that the little yeasties from the fireweed will find their way in. I've got this all enclosed in a clear plastic tub to try and reduce the odds of another strain catching in and taking hold.
Is what I'm proposing even possible or am I just giving myself extra busy work when I should just be waiting for my sourdo.com cultures to arrive? I'm not even sure why I'm so set on trying to get yeast that may be common to fireweed to begin with, its just a staple of the alaska landscape that I kind of feel would romanticize the story of telling people about my culture, should it actually take off.