Hello, I'm new....and confused
I am new today to this forum and very new to bread baking. I've been baking bread in my breadmaker only, but just recently (about one month ago) started getting into sour dough because my husband loves it. I would like to make a loaf like in these pictures but am having trouble with all the terms. Is there a definitions post somewhere? I know the word starter, but then there are seed starters and mother starters, and ?other starters? What is a sponge, a poolish, and a biga? I've been looking at different books and some call items one thing and the other ones something else. So far I have managed to make two bricks, with one competing with our frisbee out in the yard. I have a starter sitting in the fridge that has been in there not quite two weeks. It seems to be stable and I am currently making a sourdough from Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day. I pulled some starter from the Mother to make the starter for the dough. I mixed it with part bread flour and part whole wheat. It is currently in the fridge waiting for day 3.
Any thoughts from anyone. So glad to be here with y'all.