Originally Posted by msminnamouse
Took around 12 hours for the first rise. And then like four hours for only a partial second rise and then it stopped rising anymore.
And now it smells like acetone. :(
The first question is this then. When you feed it (how are you feeding?
) will it at the very least double itself in 6-8 hours? If not it doesn't have the juice for the work you are asking. Double rise with a starter requires a robust soup of critters. Some people only do a single rise because of this.
The brief procedure for me is:
1) Feed about midnight. (you are doing a feed 6-8 hours before you make dough right?)
2) make dough about 7am.
4) When I have doubling punch down and loaf.
My prebake feed does two things. First it gives the critters food to do their job. Secondly it bulks up the amount of starter I have so I can take some out and not be too short on storage starter. I keep mine in the fridge and it takes about 3 feedings for it to be ready again usually so I try to give it 4 ie. take it out at noon 2 days prior.
A smell like acetone could mean it is deleted of food or it could mean you are out of balance on the critters (you have the ones you don't want and not enough of those you do).
One last question. Can you make simple white bread reasonably well?