I pre-measured 4 cups of flour at 690g . Weighed it twice. Then, 1 1/2 cups of water - 355g (weighed it twice), then the Starter at 70g (weighed it twice). All this because I wanted to be as careful as a chemist for you.
Then to a bowl I added the starter and the 1 1/2 cups water, plus 1 cup of the flour. Left it one hr. in the proof box , loosely covered, at 85 degrees.
Dumped that in a KA bowl and mixed...no splashin either. Incorporated about 2 1/2 cup of the premeasured flour into the mix. Maybe got a tablespoon or two of the flour around the mixer. That makes about 3 1/2 cups total so far. Dashed in 4tsp of water while mixing.
Remainder of the flour (about half a cup) I dumped on a clean countertop, and put my mixer bowl of dough onto the counter, and handkneaded the ball. Incorporating the remaining flour.
When I was done I weighed the ball. My brand spanky new digital scale said 903g total (weighed it twice). I scooped up the bit of flour on the countertop that was not incorporated, and it weighed 20g! See...I was still trying to be a chemist for you. So.....690-20=670g flour +355g water +70g starter + 5g salt=1100g total. Absolutely Agree.. At the end of that I had one ball of dough.
From the ball that weighed 905g, I made 4 balls weighing 251,230,227,198g, for a total of 908g. I weighed each one twice. There was a dusting of flour on the counter as I made the balls. (explains the 5g difference.)
This is twice I reproduced this silly experiment, and both times came up with similar numbers. I Cannot explain the mysteries you find...But the proof is in the puddin'....I mean pizza.
Either there are evil gremlins in my house, messin' with my kharma, or the "String theory" really exists, and there are alternate dimensions.
I don't think you can lose much water in the proof box, but a few grams loss is possible. And I was scrupulous measuring things out, even resetting the scale each time.
BTW...measurements, scaling, calculations, and algorithms have been strategic in every career I ever had...from builder to Network Analyst, to Potter, to whatever it is I am today... and so far, nobody has accused me of walking out of the house with no pants on...
Thank you for all your efforts, Pete.
Reproduce this experiment at your own risk. The pies were excellent...and no..I didn't weigh them....I ate them... lol