I know this post seems a little lame, but I thought if in a few days when the starter is ready if you want you could also make the recipes that use the starter. So why not give it a try.
When you mix this up it will resemble pancake mix. Make sure when you mix it with a beater that you have a deep enough bowl or it is going to splatter everywhere. (Learn from my mistake. It wasn't a pretty sight.)
1 1/2 t active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
3/4 warm water ( 105-115 degrees)
3 C warm water (105-115 degrees)
3 C all-purpose flour
4 t granulated sugar or brown sugar
To make starter: Dissolve the yeast in the 3/4 cup of warm water. add the 3 cups warm water; stir in flour and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed just until smooth. Cover with 100% cotton cheese cloth. Let stand at room temperature for 5-10 days or until mixture has a sour, fermented aroma, stirring 2 or 3 times every day. (A warmer room speeds the process.) When the starter has fermented., transfer to a 2-quart or larger plastic container with a tight-fitting lid; refrigerate.
Keep checking back on what to do with the starter once it has fermented. The first recipe on the list is cinnamon rolls.