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Need Advice

cogito45's picture

Need Advice

I bake bread using the sponge (Tassajara) method.  Every once in a while, the last rise poops out and I end up with a brick.  The last time I was really careful about the temperature, the water and the proofing.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

jcking's picture

Is your proffed dough spreading a lot after slashing? Are you using the poke test?