Why is my starter not continuing to rise? I have a great day 2-3, and then it gets runny!
Hi, I have been trying to make a sourdough starter for about a month and no success. I have thrown out several starters along the way. I'm now at a point where I realize I may have thrown them out too soon, so I'm giving my current starters (2) a longer attempt. They are both runny again, which was when I usually gave up on the other ones. I had an amazing day 1 and 2 and then they keep staying runny with hooch, and have no texture at all. It's so discouraging. No bubbles either. Am I getting anywhere, or should I start over again? I've even tried switching to a "big feed" and doing a 1:2 ratio of starter to food. Nothing yet seems to work for me. I have a thermometer in my kitchen and it's been between 69-74 degrees each day and night. On this current starter I'm using bottled water because I was worried my tap water was killing my other starters. Look at my below schedule, you'll see I had a great day 1 and 2 and then it gets runny by day 3. (This starter is using King Arthur's unbleached Bread Flour... I also have another one with a mix of Stone Ground Wheat Flour with similar results).
Here's my current schedule on one of my two starters:
12-Nov 7am started
13-Nov 6pm rose, bubbles, no hooch
fed equal parts in weight (50g starter, 60 g water, 50 flour)
14-Nov 9am doubled in size, no hooch (photo included)
fed equal parts (50/60/50)
15-Nov 9am did not rise; hooch; no elasticity
fed 20g starter, 100/100 water/flour; counter
16-Nov 7:30pm did not rise, some bubbles
50 g starter, 60 g water, 50 g flour
18-Nov 9am no rise, hooch, runny
50 g starter, 120 g water, 100 g flour