This is not about making bread by hand -- I do that.
I found an old bread machine -- without the manual of course. I cleaned it up, and it seems to work. I made a loaf of rye bread on the whole wheat cycle. It mixed the dough twice, and it was rising normally, and then it did a very quick mix - just a second or two, deflated the bread, and then baked it. The truth is, it was pretty good, and a rye bread should be dense. But did it do it on purpose, or is the machine broken? What if I want it to rise completely and be light, and then bake? Just use another cycle?