I had a great time at Steve’s beer brewer’s picnic yesterday and my experimental doughs did turn out okay when baked into pizzas, but I don’t know if I would try the same doughs again.
I guess I didn’t study enough about adding beer to dough. I didn’t realize that the dough would be drier, so I guess I should have either added more beer, or water, to the formulations I used. I could tell when opening the two beer doughballs that the dough did feel drier than a regular 60% hydration with Pizzeria flour, but the dough balls did open okay. The first beer dough pizza I made was with the Elysian Bete Blance beer. That pizza also had some chili oil that I had made with chili I purchased at the Asian store. I don’t know why the dough made with the V8 beer had a darker rim crust after baking.
Marco’s dough did work okay to when made into a round pizza. It was very light and had a good taste. I gave one dough ball to Steve to see if he wanted to try it in a pan. The other dough ball is still in my fridge and has a big bubble on top this morning.
Many of the people that attended the beer brewer’s picnic did make their own pizzas in Steve’s WFO and some brought their own doughs. Others used Steve’s dough balls. Frank brought his crazy dough that he turned into really good pizzas. I liked Frank’s shirt that said flour child. Frank rolls out his dough, then hand stretches it and forms edges on it. I still don’t understand how Frank just cuts off a piece of dough from the big dough mass and it doesn’t give him any stretch-back. Some of his pizzas he par-baked, then added a lot of toppings. Steve’s one neighbor brought his Reinhart doughs and those pizzas were really good baked in Steve’s WFO. There were no rules on how anyone made the pizzas and it is fun to watch how everyone makes their pizzas. There were a lot of pizzas made that I didn’t get pictures of. Many people brought their own dressings for the pizzas. I really like the apple, walnut pizza.
There were many kinds of pizzas that came out of Steve’s WFO with many people making them. I really enjoyed watching everyone making pizzas. It become cool when the sun was starting to set.
It was a beautiful day to have a home brew brewers picnic and I got to try many different beers that I had never tasted before. Thanks Steve for inviting me! I ate way too much pizza and other foods.
First set of pictures are the dough made with the Elysian Bete Blanche beer.