Sorry I haven’t introduced myself first, will do as soon as I finish asking about my poor starter!!
I started it as per Rose’s instructions in the bread bible and got up to day 4, at which stage it wasn’t QUITE as active as she said it should be, though it was still bubbly and smelling distinctly citrusy.
So I decided to feed it again and give it one more night out before I double and refrigerate it. Did so and now it smells REALLY alcoholic, like methylated spirits and is not very active at all. A few bubbles, but not tons.
Shall I chuck it? refeed it? refrigerate it? completely new to baking sourdough here (though I have done bread before!) and quite bewildered.
Any help welcome.