I fed my starter and left it out for two days. See attached pic. It smells like beer (which as I understand it is good), the top is dried out a bit with a rubbery surface, underneath it seems nice and active with no signs of mold. I can't tell if the white spots are surface mold or if its just the dried out flour. enter image description here

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it looks like it's just dried out on top and a little overfermented. pour off as much liquid as you can and feed it using a small portion of this starter and a lot of flour and water, i would recommend a 1-10-10 ratio.

  • Thanks. I'll give that a go. Is it safe to assume if it were mold that it'd clearly smell as such? Nothing about it smells "off" to me....
    – Brad
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 17:50
  • @Brad - Yeah, you'd have no doubt if it was mold. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 18:46
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    For what its worth, I did what you suggested and it worked like a champ. Baking with it today :)
    – Brad
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 15:07

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