Constant Hooch- Sourdough Starter
I have a 1-month-old sourdough starter. At this stage I keep it in the fridge and feed it once a week.
The problem is that it gets a hooch (brown liquid on top- which means it’s hungry) 2 days after I feed it, when it should get it a week after feeding (or not get it at all).
I started with a 1:1:1 ratio. When I noticed the problem I made 2 sub-starters as experiments: one with a 1:2:2 ratio and the other one with a 1:3:3 ratio. They both got the hooch after 2 days.
I also tested my starter to see if this apparent hooch was actual hooch (since I’ve read that it could simply be separation). On the feeding day, I removed the hooch and then left my starter at room temp for an hour. When I checked, the liquid on top had reappeared- so... hooch, right?
- Is this hooch?
- could it be a ventilation problem? My starters are sealed, they don’t get any air circulation
- Should I continue to increase the feeding ratio?
- do I simply have an extremely hungry starter?