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And the result? A tiny lump of bread that weighs more than when we put it in the oven. In baking terms, a Brick. But I am not deterred - everyone must bake a Brick before they can bake a Bread... sometimes several. I try again, postulating the following mistakes: 1) the Starter was not given enough time to transform into Sponge, 2) the Sponge was given too much flour, making it into a stiff putty, not a tacky dough, 3) the room was of insufficient temperature to promote proper rising, 4) the second kneading was too long, destroying the gases trapped by the first rise, 5) we completely forgot to give the loaf a second rise (!), 6) your first loaf must always be a Brick, and that's the rules.