For the last 6 weeks, I’ve been keeping my starter on the counter and feeding twice a day. I feel like I’m getting the hang of this, making 2 nice loaves a week, aware of my starter cycle, etc. So I decided to move the starter to the fridge.
After feeding, I left the starter out for about 2-3 hours until I saw some activity, then popped the jar in the fridge. Two days later there is about a half inch of hooch on top and it smells AWFUL.
I’ve read the demystifying posts and such but… clearly something did not go well. Is there a process to moving the starter from 2x daily feedings to fridge storage? I’ve got it back on the counter again and it’s not nearly as active as it was before the fridge episode. I expect it will take a day or two to wake up again. So how do I keep a nice bubbly sweet smelling starter in the fridge?