I guess I was confused somewhere in there. I must have thought I had seen yeast mentioned in the autolyse process. I noticed you mentioned ADY (ActiveDryYeast) (I had to go look those up since the definition/glossary isn't completed
I use IDY (InstantDryYeast) these days) in connection to the proofing of the yeast. I used to use ADY when I first began my pizza from scratch endeavors, but when I finally ran out (a friend of the wifes had given me boatloads of product leftover from her job, and the surplus of yeast actually helped get me into this.) I switched to the Fleischman's (probably misspelled that) IDY you get at Sam's Club. It wasn't until just recently that I noticed the difference in ratio compared to ADY, and I'm ashamed to admit I was continuing to use the same amount I always had. No real ill effects to speak of, but when I did notice, and made adjustments..wow. The finished product seemed to be very soft, light, "fluffy"? Everyone seemed to enjoy the change.
So, the additional risings and the adjustment to the yeast may have coincided with one another, I don't recall now. I didn't do my comparison today, but I did make a lovely pie using my "quickie" rise technique, 30 minute process. My buddy came over and helped us eat it. He's so good about that, its interesting..
His comments on this pizza were not as glowing as the previous, but this was an interesting thing to note. He doesn't feel that green peppers and onions add anything to the pie so his opinion, in his own words, was adjusted accordingly. He still felt it was a really nice pizza, but he gave lower marks this time because I added other goodies that I love...green peppers, onions, black olives, and mushrooms. He felt it overshadowed the flavor of the pepperoni, and specially seasoned sausage I use. Fair comment I suppose, lol..but he did his share to make it disappear nonetheless...
Anyway, before I forget my question. I have always proofed my yeast since using ADY. Are there any differences in proofing IDY, is it the same, is it necessary with IDY? I feel I've shown my ignorance now, and I should have done a bit more research when I switched from ADY to IDY. I've run on a bit, time to wind down. Thanks for listening.