two strikes: brick-like flat loaf plus weird flavor
I am relatively new to sourdough. I made a new starter according to Bertinet's directions in Crust, which seemed like it was doing everything right..... until I actually made the loaf! The flavor is like a sweaty sock and the texture, well, that brings me to my next point. I have made several loaves of different varieties using the Bertinet dough working method and everything has been fine, however in this sourdough the dough was INCREDIBLY sticky and then wouldn't even allow itself to be formed into a ball. It didn't rise so much as spread like a thick soup (only a slight exaggeration), then became a dense, flat, smelly loaf once baked. My suspicion is that I should have added more flour but the proportions worked before on previous loaves and the kitchen was only at about 57 percent humidity. Does anyone have any advice on: 1) Why the flavor was so horrible when I only used the flour, water and honey that the recipe called for (and stuck to the resting times exactly), and 2) Why it turned into a brick? I would really appreciate the help.