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Help with sourdough starter please!

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Help with sourdough starter please!

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ITHJ | | May 29, 2006 07:08 AM

I have had no problem getting it started, but it always dies after the first feeding.
I start with 2 cups unbleached flour and 2 cups tap water, mix together and cover with cheesecloth in a stainless steel bowl. It starts fermenting after about 1 day and then puffs after 2 days, then deflates on the 3rd or 4th day.
For the first feeding, I add 1 cup flour and 1 cup tap water, and then mix with a spoon a little. however it dies every time. No bubbling, no growing, no nothing even if I wait another 36 hours!
I have fed it before it totally deflates(on the 3rd day) and also after it fully deflates(on the 4th and 5th days).
What am I doing wrong?
Note:by the 5th day starts to get an off color and smell.

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