except for your very first activation feeding, you should discard half. What size jar do you have it in? You can anticipate the volume will quadruple. I use 64oz wide mouth Ball jars which overflow with 400g starter (To make things easy instead of "discard half" i instead pour 200g into a clean container and feed that with 100g water/100g flour - discarding what was in the old continer... basically ignore "half" and anticipate how much you "should have".)
the edwood instructions i got in the mail were atrocious - I hope you are weighing instead of trying to achieve "a pancake batter consistency" - this method also allows you to compensate for flour/water content when you're converting your recipes
Yes am definitely weighing, 3/4 cup flour 1 cup water for initial activation. Next feed in a few hours for the first feed after the 24 hour activation will be 1 cup flour to 3/4 cup water if I have read online correctly? I will discard half of my mixture prior to this upcoming feed, is that correct?
Then, once it is active, if I use TXCraig's recipe of 1.3% ischia starter which for me represents about 18 grams, is the process simply
1. Bring starter to room temperature
3. After 2/3 hours it doubles and will be fully active a few hours beyond that.
4. Remove the 18 grams out of the jar and put into the salted water and continue with recipe.
Is that correct?
The only other thing I am worried about is Melbourne water, which has added Fluoride. I will used bottled water for next feed, but i hope its not dead in the water already! (pardon the pun)