Mine looks pretty much like that too. Looks kine of wet in that picture but it's got a fluffy sandy texture. I just mix it up really well before feeding, throw 3 scoops of feed back in the bucket and add water till it looks right, give it a stir and let it be till tomorrow. Has a nice vinegarish sort of like a cross between pickles and sourdough mother smell to it. I've also noticed that, yeah, it freezes much more slowly if it's drier. And they don't get it all over themselves as much.