So yesterday afternoon, probably 1:00pm pst, I cranked the proof box to 80 degrees. Put both 1 quart
wide mouth jars and starter in it. Fed at around 9:00pm last night. Also instead of throwing out half of the
starter, I put it in another 1 quart jar to give to a friend, total of about 2 cups starter in that jar.
Put my 2 regular jars back in the proofing box at 80 degrees and left the third jar out. At 6:00am this morning
house was around 66/67 degrees. Lifted proofing box and both cultures had doubled.
Now for the shocking find, the third culture that I had left out in ambient air was actually trying to push the cap
off of the jar. The shot of heat I gave them yesterday appears to have really activated the yeast.
It's now almost 12 hours since the last feeding and all 3 jars have receded about 1". So now I'll feed all three and keep track
of when they double. Will leave 2 in the proofing box and the other in ambient air. Might drop proof box down to 77/78
degrees and see what happens. One final thought, the 2 in the proof box smell only slightly stronger then the one in
ambient air. Amazing.
Mike C. Groveland, CA