Pain au levain questions.
Hi. I have some questions about pain au levain starter. For starters (no pun intended) on the Internet i've discovered two almost identical, yet different receipes
They both call for 4 oz of water and flour, but different amount of cups. I've found #1 first, and started to make a starter, but being from europe, i hand't realized that ounces there are probably fluid ounces and not weight. So i've added 114 grams of water and 114 grams of flour (50/50 mix of bread and whole wheat) every time. By the day 3, it was pretty obvious that something is wrong - the starter was not any near like the picture, although it did had the smell and the bubbles. Also, it started to become separated a little, with thin layer of murky liquid on top and dough-like mass on the bottom. I've googled a bit more and found #2. And then i realized that i used a wrong measure, and put too much flour, basically twice as much.
However, the numbers on #2 EXACTLY matched what i was doing. Now, i've became really confused and just decided to follow through to the day 5 and make a bread and see what happens. My starter did ok as far as i can tell, but it never was close to "doubling in size". It did grow somewhat on day 5, but nowhere near 2x volume. Still, i've proceeded to make a levain from reciepe #2 and let it sit for 10 hours. It also did pretty ok, definetley doubling in size during that period. Then i mixed the dough, but instead of prescribed kneading i did autolyse for 20 minutes and only then added the salt and started to knead it with mixer. It was still too wet, so i've added about 1/2 cups of flour, untill it formed a ball around hook and started climbing it.
After that i did a usual rise with punchdown in the middle. Had little issues cutting into 2 pieces and then forming round loaves. However, my biggest dissapoint was that the loaves deformed by sliding outwards, instead of rising. So far, this is my biggest issue with bread making, same happened with my ciabattas. I would be glad to receive some feedback and advices on my story :)