Well, I started my 4 sourdough starters on Wednesday the 10th of November and holy moly are they doing well! They are all bubbly, active and just overall beautiful. The rye is definitely the most vigorous, which kind of surprised me. I fully expected the sourdough that was started with the dehydrated starter to surpass the others, but it hasn't...maybe it was just too old lol.
I'm looking forward to baking with these guys this coming week!
My kefir has been revived...it wasn't dead, just woefully neglected :( It is working well and I'm making small batches of kefir with it. (Enough to add a little to the nutritional smoothies.)