I'll start with the basic link first that I posted on What Are You Baking Now? I use the Robin Hood Sherwood recipe for my sourdough starter: http://www.robinhood.ca/recipe.details.asp?rid=3301&prcid=54 I have made it different times over the years. I keep it in the fridge in a plastic gallon ice cream pail with a lid. I find they are big enough for the sourdough to work and not cause the lid to pop and explode sourdough all over the fridge. (I had that happen with a smaller plastic container and there was a sticky mess in the fridge) I find the size is large enough that if you don't use it each each time you feed it, it can grow and not hurt anything. Sometimes I don't use it for several weeks but still feed it. I don't mix it daily after the start and if you aren't using it, it separates. You just stir this liquid back into the batter. I read in the olden days miners (often called sourdoughs) would drink this as alcohol.