This is Day 2 of reviving the VERY OLD starter which began yesterday. The starter indeed showed some promising activity by 8 am today, and even more so after its morning refreshment.
This picture was taken about fifteen minutes ago (at about 6 hours) and, while it hasn’t quadrupled (the Maggie Glezer “gold standard” is quadrupling within 8 hours), it is definitely awake and alive.
It smells fairly strong, but not unpleasant.
Now I’m wondering if it’s active enough to actually use in a pre-ferment tonight to start a challah tomorrow. Risky… but we don’t have guests, or even big kids, so maybe it’s worth a try.