I made my first attempt at no-knead bread last night. I had made the dough on Sunday and I let it rise for 24 hours (I had to go to work). It was rather.....runny. I asked my boyfriend to convert the 5/8 cup of water for me and he said it should be 1/2 cup and 3 Tablespoons. If he was incorrect that would be the first clue. I used highly active yeast - same amount as called for instant in the recipe. I tried to work with a sloppy, runny ball of dough and the bread DID come out (and it tasted good) but it was very flat. Like a ciabatta.
Any ideas what went wrong?