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I'm mourning my sourdough starter....help!

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Hello,

I have a question about sourdough starter.

I have tried in the past, unsuccessfully, to make a sourdough starter from scratch....

Giving it another shot I mixed up a mother...inspired by Rose Levey Bernbaum's 'Bread Bible'.

I did everything right...bottled water....immaculately clean utensils....I took my time and followed the directions to a tee...and it worked!

Two days later I had a lovely, sour smelling, bubbly, mix of flour, water, and wild yeasts. I fed it on the third day and it continued to do it's business bubbling away.

The problem arose on the fourth day. I fed the mother, as I had on the second and third day but for some very disconcerting reason my lovely bubbly starter fell flat. No more bubbles, no more rising....jsut flat doughy mess in my jar.

What happened?

Has anyone had any success with sourdough starter from scratch??

Jenna

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