I live in Toronto Ontario Canada, originally from England 58 years ago. I am new to breadmaking at home, without the bread machine that is. My first four tries have been disastrous, even though I follow the directions to the nth degree. Can't get my whole wheat bread to rise enough. Last try was white bread but same result. It could be many things I know, or just one of many things. The directions I follow may work for the baker that wrote them, but not for me.
I won't be beat though and I'll keep at it until I get it right.