Originally Posted by Andy M.
If the half batch results in a smoother running and quieter machine, try the 1/3 less quantity.
You were writing while I was editing.
This remote thought projection thing has got to stop.
You could probably do two one loaf batches consecutively in the machine in about the same time as doing one loaf by hand.
Maybe my method has a bit to do with it too.
I make a sponge per batch so I'll have 3~5 sponges sitting there. I'll go through 3 sponges as: First sponge in mixer, add flour, knead, remove for autolyse. Second sponge, flour, knead, remove .... Third sponge .... then first batch in for second kneading, second batch .... when I'm done with the first three I start the last two.
The noise and smell started around the second knead on the second batch. Mayhaps I should go to hand finishing. I was thinking of doing that anyhow. I like the feel of dough.
Basically the machine is kneading bread for a half hour or longer straight. That would explain the motor, not the gear noise. Unless the housing is expanding so much to cause that much additional gear lash.
The manual states the motor is thermally protected and for some things it is not uncommon for the motor to get hot, too hot to touch. This didn't get THAT hot, or maybe my nerve deadness is worse than I thought. Thermal protection didn't pop, but taking a machine where it self shuts down is not good.