Unfortunately, for the purposes of our experiment, we wouldn’t be able to use the data from such a starter. However, if you decide you just want to get baking ASAP and decide not to contribute data to our experiment, you can certainly try putting your starter in the fridge while you are gone. The cold will slow down the microbial activity, so they will use up the starches and sugars more slowly, but will not kill them. Just make sure to feed your starter before you put it in the fridge. When you get back, take it out of the fridge and pick up where you left off. But again, you just wont be able to share your data with us.