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Fresh yeast
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:16:37 PM »
I've seen many posts that speculate or conclude fresh yeast (CY) produces a different (read: better) finished product than does ADY or IDY (assuming proper conversion). I'm curious if you've found this to be true in your experience, and if so, why? They are all the same organism, aren't they?

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 06:18:03 PM »
I can't detect the flavor difference but have noted CY to produce a bigger oven spring using an equivalent amount compared to IDY (ie 12hrs at RT).

I have also noted CY, particularly older CY to have a crumb softening quality.

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http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,14060.20.html

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 11:23:29 PM »
The fresh yeast I bought from a local bakery smelled so bad,I ended up throwing out a dough I made with it.
My gawd,did it stink!

I still want to try another type of fresh yeast again,but the one I used,the gross sweaty feet/socks,sour beer smell was too much for me to deal with.Where I live,there is not much selection to buy from someone else.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011, 12:04:42 AM »
Just as a note,  Tom has made his opinion/test outcomes known on this subject before.  His conclusion was that results are all equal assuming all forms of yeast are used as directed and at the right rate.  Personally,  I favor cake yeast for both flavor and spring.  The thing that really gets me is the smell of the dough after making it.  I can never really detect the smell of IDY or ADY in a freshly made dough.  I can detect it in a dough made with fresh yeast,  easily.  Add a long fermentaion to that and it makes me wonder if the tests Tom and the AIB have done are less conclusive due to using a yeast rate favored to production,  rather than flavor and texture development.  In my eyes,  for the AIB,  there are two ways to make bread.  One is with a starter,  aiming for maximum flavor and texture,  the other is with yeast,  mainly for mass production,  and while the aim is to produce an excellent loaf,  the goal is still to do it as efficiently as possible.  I think some of us are using yeast differently than they may have been used in the AIB tests some time ago.  Just my thoughts.  -Marc

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011, 06:29:17 AM »
I agree with Marc. The flavor and texture that fresh yeast brings is palpable. There is a reason that many bakeries and pizzerias use it - otherwise the much less perishable IDY would be their choice for obvious reasons.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2011, 01:32:33 PM »
I agree with Bill. The flavor and texture that fresh yeast brings is palpable.

I've heard this said enough times to start to believe it. What I'm trying to understand is why this would be the case if the amount used is properly converted between forms. Why would a different delivery vehicle for the same organism yield a different flavor?

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 03:31:18 PM »
I've heard this said enough times to start to believe it. What I'm trying to understand is why this would be the case if the amount used is properly converted between forms. Why would a different delivery vehicle for the same organism yield a different flavor?

Craig

Not sure. There may be some connection with the state of the yeast, not having gone through the drying process to the extent of ADY and IDY. And it may be the placebo effect, who knows - irregardless I enjoy working with CY more than the others.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 08:12:38 AM »
Craig;
The end result from using fresh compressed yeast and IDY are exactly the same, no difference. ADY, due to the presence of damaged yeast cells provides a little softening to the dough, but nothing else to the finished bread. A number of years ago we did a seamless transition to IDY in our Experimental Bakery where we used it exclusively for several years, and then ultimately transitioning back to using compressed yeast (a political move) just as seamlessly.
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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 08:31:31 AM »
ADY, due to the presence of damaged yeast cells provides a little softening to the dough, but nothing else to the finished bread.
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Tom did you mean either IDY or CY here instead of ADY?

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2011, 02:02:53 PM »
I've no opinion on this issue as the last time I used CY was to try and make some apricot wine at the age of 12 (science experiment!).  However, this is what the San Francisco Baking Institute has to say:

http://www.sfbi.com/fresh_yeast_vs_instant_yeast.html


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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 03:29:53 PM »
I've no opinion on this issue as the last time I used CY was to try and make some apricot wine at the age of 12 (science experiment!).  However, this is what the San Francisco Baking Institute has to say:

http://www.sfbi.com/fresh_yeast_vs_instant_yeast.html

The second sentence sums it all up for me: "One baker even told us that when he switched from dry yeast to fresh yeast, the flavor of his bread improved. We would like to dispel the myth..."

Was this baker lying? According to SFBI he was delusional because in their opinion fresh yeast is the same as IDY/ADY. There are those who say DOP San Marzanos are the same as US grown plum tomatoes - no difference in taste. Some people even say powdered garlic tastes the same as fresh. I say make your own judgement, because your experience may be different from what people are telling you.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 10:11:40 AM »
Jackie;
IDY and CY (compressed yeast) are closer together than CY and ADY. While IDY also has its share of damaged yeast cells due to the drying process, the issue has been addressed through the addition of a small amount of ascorbic acid to the dry yeast, while the ADY (active dry yeast) has not had any ascorbic acid added, so the doughs made with ADY actually end up slightly softer than when made with IDY. The biggest problem that we have seen is with conversion of one type of yeast to another. When used at correct conversion levels, there is no difference in finished product flavor between IDY, ADY, or CY. The trick here is in using the CORRECT conversion, and the conversion recommended by the manufacturer, may not always be the correct one for your particular dough formula. For bread makers, the correct conversion level is the one that provides the same final proof time as the yeast type being replaced. For pizza makers, I like to use a plastic glass or cup, oil the inside and place a weighed amount of dough into the cup/glass, flatten the top so it is as even as possible, lightly cover with a piece of foil and set aside to proof/rise until the dough reaches the top edge of the glass/cup, then record the time required for the dough to rise to that height, now, replace the yeast with the type you want to use, and repeat, adjust the yeast level until the time needed for the dough to rise to the top edge is the same as with your original yeast. Now, divide the new yeast level by the original yeast level and you will have the correct conversion for your specific dough.
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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 11:53:34 AM »
Thanks Tom for the explanation between ADY, IDY, and CY.  Is this also the softening effect I've seen with older CY (reference linked to in reply 1) or is that a completely different process. 

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2011, 05:46:10 PM »
The second sentence sums it all up for me: "One baker even told us that when he switched from dry yeast to fresh yeast, the flavor of his bread improved. We would like to dispel the myth..."

Was this baker lying? According to SFBI he was delusional because in their opinion fresh yeast is the same as IDY/ADY. There are those who say DOP San Marzanos are the same as US grown plum tomatoes - no difference in taste. Some people even say powdered garlic tastes the same as fresh. I say make your own judgement, because your experience may be different from what people are telling you.

I don't think it is likely that he is lying or delusional, but that does not mean there was a flavor difference either. It is the idea that perception is reality. I saw examples of this dozens, if not 100's of times when I was in the food manufacturing business. You can give people two samples of the exact same product (from the exact same batch even), and if they have any reason to think they are different, they will often pick one that they like better. If they have a reason to think they will like one better, they almost certainly will. I have had people swear up one side and down the other that something was much better than something else that was actually the exact same thing.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2011, 05:50:11 PM »
FWIW, the few times that I used cake yeast, purchase in a lb. block from a bakery with good turnover (not from the supermarket aisle), I seemed to get better oven spring than from using idy or ady.  And it wasn't just a quantity thing either- I couldn't just add more IDY to match the results of the cake.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2011, 09:35:05 PM »
Chau,

I'm sure that you have seen this post before, but Cook's Illustrated concluded that there was more gas production during fermentation using cake yeast than the dry forms: Reply 8 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,14060.msg141140/topicseen.html#msg141140.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2011, 09:56:24 PM »
Now that is interesting. The article states that different strains of S. cerevisiae are used to make the different types of yeast. I've never seen that in print before. Have you seen this written any place else?

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/tastetests/overview.asp?docid=9814
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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2011, 10:31:00 PM »
Chau,

I'm sure that you have seen this post before, but Cook's Illustrated concluded that there was more gas production during fermentation using cake yeast than the dry forms: Reply 8 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,14060.msg141140/topicseen.html#msg141140.

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Peter, I do remember reading that post of yours along with member Mmmph's thread reporting a bigger oven spring with CY compared to ADY.  

http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=12948.0

Both lead me to doing a few experiments of my own inwhich I noted the same, CY definitely gives a bigger oven spring which I attributed to increase Co2 production.
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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2011, 10:54:12 PM »
Although this article has been referenced many times here on the forum, I find it interesting that as a living organism, yeast is cultivated, rather than manufactured.  It is even mentioned that a carbohydrate food source such as molasses is required for reproductive yeast growth. 
http://www.theartisan.net/The_Artisan_Yeast_Treatise_Section_One.htm

I donít know why, but I also prefer cake yeast in doughs, when I can find it.  To me Red Star cake yeast smells like sourdough when added to water.  Maybe my smeller is off.

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Re: Fresh yeast
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2011, 11:03:18 PM »
Norma, I am sure there are members who will disagree with me, but you can propagate that CY in a starter like form.  This way you can have access to the same organisms whenever you need them.  I have been doing this for awhile now with seemingly consistent results.  All you have to do is to make a 50/50 mixture of flour and water and then add your CY.  Maintain it like you would a starter and the same yeast organisms should just replicate themselves.  By doing this, you don't have to keep buying fresh yeast.  

That or divide the block into multiple pieces, double wrap, vacuum seal, and freeze.  CY will last for a very long time in the freezer.

Chau
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