This past week I have made somewhere around 8 or 9 loaves of bread, using different starters, recipes and methods. There are a LOT of variations and techniques out there and it just comes down to trial and error. Fortunately I only had to actually throw away these two loaves:
While they weren't totally inedible, the crust was too hard and the taste just wasn't that good. I would have fed it to the birds but the squirrels would have gotten it instead and judging by the over-population of them in our neighborhood, they don't need any extra food.
I made these two loaves yesterday. The recipe said they would be good size and texture for sandwiches and toast and it was right! Good stuff.