So I did the internet thing and looked up way too many recipes, styles and opinions about this over the past few days and now I am over whelmed, confused and tired, lol. I'm on day 4 of my starter. I started off by doing what kingarthur.com said to do concerning a whole wheat starter. But I used whole wheat flour all 4 days except day 3 and day 3 is the only day I had any results.
Now, while reading I've come across people saying whole wheat is fine, and some say it can make bacteria grow or and make it "acidic", and many have said it should rise within 4 hours of being fed. But its been 4 hrs and nothing's happened. So I many questions!
1. Is only feeding is whole wheat ok? I don't like using white flour but I don't want to hurt anyone making this. If whole wheat flour isn't ok what can I use? And if it is ok it'll just take forever, that is perfectly fine.
2.Is it ok to change flours back and forth the way I did? One flour one day, another one the next?
3. What is "acidic" bread? What should I look out for for that? What does that mean?
4. Is sunshine bad? Should I put it in a cabinet?
5. Why did it finally react with ap flour but not wheat? Because of the a.p. flour? The sudden warm weather? Both?
EDIT: 6. My "discarded" batch, even now, after being pushed down, stirred and having some taken out and some more of the actual starter added has HUGE bubbles and has doubled in size, where as my actual starter is just sitting there. Its been 8 hours since the feed now and my actual starter has grown but not quiet doubled and has only a few bubbles where the discarded one is massive.
Is the discarded one safe?
The "Discarded" portion, can I start a second starter from that, like as a back up, or gift? Or does it really need to be thrown away/composted?
I also made a 3rd jar for compost but I didn't put a cheese cloth on it since it's going into the compost anyway, I just didn't want to keep it open on the counter in case of flies. I'm so confused someone help me! >.<
The large one on The left is my actual starter, this is an edit and it has been 8 hours since I fed it and it's about 65 degrees in the house there are small bubbles and it's gotten bigger but not doubled.
The middle one is the one I put my discarded starter into, nothing else. See how big the bubbles are and how it's literally overflowing out of the top?
The third one with the lid is the one I'm going to put in a compost it was about a quarter cups worth earlier today and now it's taking over the entire bottom I don't know if I should keep the lid on or let it breathe.
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