I've been baking bread for several years now, but until Sunday had never actually got around to starting a sourdough. As I am somewhat entering new territory with this, I figured I might as well start a thread to log my progress and hopefully get some advice/feedback along the way.
I don't actually have a single recipe that I'm following, just getting bits of information from here and there, so who knows what I'll end up with!
So, to start, I soaked some organic raisins in water for a couple of hours before mixing one cup of the soaking water with one cup of organic white strong flour. The idea of the raisins is to try and get some of the natural yeast from the skins into the starter to give it a bit of a kick start.
After 24hrs, the mixture was starting to smell slightly sweet, with one or two fine bubbles. I fed it with a further 1/2 cup each of flour and water, and left it overnight.
I checked it this morning and hooray! I've created life! Lots of bubbles and a nice creamy yeasty smell. I've discarded a cup of the mixture and fed it with a cup of 50/50 flour-water mixture. So far, so good...