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  1. I am on day 19 and my starter has only doubled twice (about a week ago). I didn’t see any troubleshooting around this but would love any suggestions. I went back to feeding it once a day because I can’t maintain the twice a day feedings currently and they didn’t seem to make a difference. I have had great bubbles from the beginning and it smells like sourdough, but I’m just not getting any rise. I have it on a heating pad – started that about day 10 because our house is cooler. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Danielle!

      Thanks for writing. So by day 19 you shouldn’t need to do twice a day feedings anymore. Once a day feedings are fine after the initial 7 days is up. Even once every couple days is totally fine! You can leave your starter in the fridge for extended periods of time too.

      Have you done the float test on your starter? If it has good bubbles I’m assuming it’s pretty active. The float test will tell you if it’s ready to make something that requires a rise (ie. sourdough loaf).

      Other than that, if you’re feeding your starter equal parts flour, water, & starter then you may just have to wait for your starter to mature longer in order for it to increase in volume. It’ll come in time!

      Have you made anything with it? How did it turn out?

  2. This post was super helpful. I feel super confident now to try my hand at making a sour dough starter again. All possible questions are answered. Great post!

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