Kind of a tangent question, I have a few no knead bread recipes I want to try, They call for a 12-18 hour rise. Can I go longer, closer to 24 hours. It seems to bake on a weekday 12 hours usually falls during work or sleep. I guess if I put the dough together before I go to sleep when I get home at 3:30 pm it would be about 18-20 hours.
I know exactly what you are talking about. When I first read Jim Lahey's recipe for a no knead pizza dough, at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7745.msg66537.html#msg66537
, I noted the fermentation period of 12-24 hours, at room temperature. Having worked quite a bit with room temperature fermented doughs, that range of 12-24 hours struck me as being very wide. When I eventually came up with a workable dough in that range, the duration of room temperature fermentation was around 14 hours. I doubt that my dough would have made it out to 24 hours. 24 hours would have been a better period to use than 14 hours because trying to time a 14 hour dough would have meant having to start the dough at some ungodly time, like in the middle of the night when you normally would be asleep to be able to use the dough for a dinnertime meal the next day. Or the dough would have to be made in the afternoon, when many people are at work, to be used for lunch the next day, which for most might mean a weekend meal. I generally referred to this conundrum in the fifth paragraph of Reply 31 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7745.msg69521.html#msg69521
In your case, my advice would be to reduce the amount of yeast or ferment at a lower room temperature, or possibly a combination of both. I discussed some of the challenges and issues involved in a 20-24 hour room temperature dough at the thread at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7225.msg62332.html#msg62332
. I wasn't trying to make a no knead dough in that thread but the principles are pretty much the same. However, a very high hydration accelerates the processes quite a bit. So, you may need to do some experimenting to find the arrangement that is most convenient for you.