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Offline stealthie

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Starter acting funny, really weak
« on: May 16, 2017, 07:06:27 PM »
So ive kept my starter on the countertop for a few months now, feeding it everyday. Recently I made some dough and it was amazing as usual, but the following day my starter stopped growing when I fed it. It continued to not grow for the next few days so I ended up washing it a couple times and still the same very inactive starter.  It seems to be more active now after about 2 weeks, but still takes about 10-12 hours to double. It also has a kinda very light pink color to it when its feeding time and stinks.

Anyone have any ideas? Should I just keep feeding it? The days before it turned we had a heat wave and it did get warm inside during the day, not sure if that helps or not.

Offline vtsteve

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Re: Starter acting funny, really weak
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 11:58:47 PM »
Pink is bad... I hate to toss a starter, but I'd toss that one. Have you shared it? It's worth getting a friend or two into SD, keeping one in parallel, just in case.   :(
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Re: Starter acting funny, really weak
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 06:26:34 PM »
Man, thats too bad. Not a huge deal cause I did dry some, but sucks cause I wonder what went wrong. Been feeding it consistently and taking care of it.

Might temperature fluctuation have an effect? I was thinking about keeping it in my wine cooler that I ferment my dough in permanently since I keep it at 64 all day. If I wanted to continue feeding it once a day at 64 degrees I would need to make it wetter than 100% right?

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