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I killed my sourdough starter, help!

Chandler114 | Apr 23, 201811:31 PM     3

So....I have this starter, feed it every other day, it's nice and active, beautiful. I wanted to make some bread so I pulled it out at 11 am, fed it, did some stuff and around 2 pm it didn't rise as much as I wanted. I keep my starter in a lower cabinet next to the oven so it can be warm. My aunt told me about her friend who will fast rise her starter in the dryer. She will do laundry and when she's done she will put her starter in the dryer and let it rise in the ambient heat. So I tried that....but with the oven. I wanted it done quickly so I cranked it up to 450, let it preheat then shut it off. I let it cool for about 10 minutes then put my starter in there. I did this twice. It wasn't until much, much later (around 6 pm) that I suddenly remembered heat (as well as light, and light was my only original concern, I didn't even consider heat) kills yeast. I took it out, added some more flour because it seemed watery and put it back in the cabinet. Well it's been about 7 hours now and it hasn't moved. It's a bit liquidy, but no clear or colored fluid. It's just sorta soupy. And hasn't risen at all. Did I just screw up and kill it all and have to start all over?
Yes I understand I'm a dumb***. I don't always think about things before doing them. But is there anyway to salvage my starter? It was a huge half gallon mason jars worth.
Please help this incredibly stupid baker. Thanks!

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