My starter consists out of 150gr All purpose, 60 grams of whole wheat and 210 grams of water.

On day 2 it bubbled nicely, but I fed it only with half a feeding fearing it would otherwise not stay within the jar. It then rose within hours to double size and then starter to split (hooch). I then fed it again (10 hours after 1st feeding on day 2) with a full feeding (1:1:1 ratio). So in total it received 1,5 feeding on day 2, half in the morning and regular feeding in the evening.

The next morning it did bubble on top, doesn't rise and stays splitting (although very slowly). Now, halfway through day 3 without additional feeding nothing changed.

Should I feed it again? I don't think it already processed the last feeding on day 2.

Temperature is constantly between 20-25degrees Celsius.

Help please..

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Stir. Remove half. Feed. Continue the process. You should always remove some at each feeding, to keep the acidity in check. I sometimes remove up to a half for each feeding. It should take at least a week to become usable.

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    That's certainly true when building it up, but with an established starter kept in the fridge, you can get away with discarding at every other feed if you use a decent proportion of the starter each time. I don't discard my discard, instead using it for pizza, and my pizza-making habits fit better to taking some at every other feed. Also I feed in the morning to use in the evening, and use 4/5 as much as I added.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 12:06
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    @ChrisH for sure. In fridge, i sometimes go a couple of weeks with no problem. OP is on day 2. ...and using the "discard" is smart.
    – moscafj
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 12:09
  • Plus: pizza. But none for me for a few days as I'm rebuilding my starter from what survived in the bottom of the jar after knocking it on the floor yesterday
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 12:11
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    @ChrisH yikes! Good thing that a spoonful of starter is enough to get everything back on track.
    – Stephie
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 12:39
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    @moscafj It thriving atm. Thanks! After feeding it doubles within hours, then I stir it down and it doubles again within 3/4 hours.
    – David
    Commented Jan 23, 2022 at 9:13

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