Ok, this might be a bad idea, but it seems viable. My wife just bought a breadmaker ($7 at a thrift store). It has a dough function where it the beater stirs around and then it heats gently to help dough rise. I am not the best at re-hydrating my yeast. Sometimes I forget and pitch cold yeast. I keep my dry yeast in the fridge, and have had some slow starts to fermentation.
So, my idea is to make a small starter and let the bread machine go through the dough cycle. Maybe restart it a few times after it is done "kneading." Today I am just making Apfelwein, so the starter would be apple juice+dextrose.
Please, let me know if this is a bad idea. Thanks!