Did I just drown my starter?
Yesterday I prepared a loaf by taking the majority of the mature starter for making bread and left a bit of it to maintain as my future regular starter. I put the piece I was going to use for future regular starter in a jar and added some water then I stirred it in to dissolve the starter. I was going to add flour at some point to complete the feeding but forgot. I didn’t add flour until 8 hours later. At that point the jar smelled odd. It didn’t have the light acidic smell. It was a new sort of smell which I can’t distinguish. I added the flour anyway and left it on the counter overnight. In the morning, no activity, just that same odd smell. I added flour and water again with 1:1:1 ratio but there’s still nothing, four hours in.
Did I drown it?