|I took this last night a few hours after putting it back in the warm oven. Bubbles! They exist!|
|The first thing I really thought about this morning.|
|Hooch... The bane of my sourdoughs.|
|See how in the middle, it's lighter? That's the starter shining through the clouds of hooch.|
|I put a line on the jar to show where the starter started, and to see if it got above the line.|
That whole wheat stuff is good for starters, it seems. It's the only change I make, and it makes a drastic difference.
Also, my camera eats batteries. I thought it was just the ones I got in England being terrible, because it lasted months on batteries before that, but oh, no. It went through duracells from 'MERICA in less than a day.
My camera is all "OMNOMNOM BATTERIES" and the batteries are all "HELP ME! HELP ME! EEEEEE!" and I'm all "GODDAMMIT I WAS TAKING A PICTURE OF A WAFFLE THIS IS IMPORTANT!"
Oh, yes. Waffles. I will tell you about them, I promise.
So, I watched the starter like a hawk, except for when I was grocery shopping. While grocery shopping, I bought rye flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, other real food that I can eat for a few weeks, and the ingredients to make pad thai (according to Emily from Well Fed, Flat Broke's recipe). I also got batteries, as you can see from there being pictures below, although my camera actually accepted the old batteries again. In any case, I have two new kinds of batteries, some "heavy duty" ones and some "high energy" ones. Even if my camera does start the battery-per-day thing, I'll be good for almost five days.
Back to the starter, whose name is Scott. There were no changes in volume all day, which saddened me.
Day 4 (22:10): No change in volume. No bubbles of starter visible through thin layer of hooch. The smell has returned to sickly sweet and unpleasant. I added 25 g tap water and 50 g rye flour, stirring between additions and scraping the sides well. The resulting starter mass has brown flecks and bubbles.
|This was sad, especially after the grand success of the morning. By which I mean the small victory.|
|There were some bubbles, but all on the hooch and none from Scott.|
|After the addition of about 75 g worth of water and rye flour, I drew a new line.|
|Scott is so bubbly right after I add flour... I have high hopes for the rye flour.|
If that doesn't work, I'll shelve the idea until I wind up at home and then persuade my mom to help me out.