I had the ischia start for about 3-4 yrs. During a move I dropped the start and was to freaked out about trying to pick some up and save it.
I ordered another sample about 2 weeks ago. I started the process on New Years day. I used the same proof box as I did the first go around, and KAAP flour.
After the first 24 hours I had nothing but hooch. No bubbles no foam, and no smell. This is not how it went the first go around.
I stuck to the 12 hour feed schedule at 70 degrees with pouring out 1/2 of the starter and I got no signs of life other then more hooch. On day 5 about 10-20 bubbles would appear but no smell, and no leavening effect.
I skip the pour out an re-fed the start last night. This morning still small bubbles, but no leavening. The culture has final begun to have an aroma. Although I would not say its a good one.
So, my real question is what are the chances the beast growing in the culture is still the Ischia culture, and not something within the flour or air in my house?