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Bread making questions
« on: November 25, 2021, 09:15:52 AM »
I figured rather than bombard the Today's Bread thread with a million questions, people can use this thread to ask the great bread makers on this forum questions.

So first up is WTF happened to my dough? I am using Ken Forkish's recipe for white bread with poolish. It's supposed to be 75% hydration, but when I combined the poolish with the flour is came out SO dry. I had to add more water. I weighed everything to the exact gram. I don't know why it was so dry.

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2021, 11:22:26 AM »
Did you use 100% of the recipe water in your poolish??

If you can post the recipe ingredient amounts.  The dough doesn't look right

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2021, 11:24:00 AM »
Assuming that the recipe is correct, the only logical thing I can come up with is that something didn't get weighed properly. It happens.

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2021, 01:24:41 PM »
Poolish was 500g water and 500g flour with tiny bit of yeast.

Then it was 500g flour and 250g water added to poolish before dumping poolish into flour.

I guess maybe next time I'll add the water to the flour instead of the poolish and then dump the poolish on top.

First time making this recipe so user error is definitely a possibility.
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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2021, 02:05:09 PM »
Poolish was 500g water and 500g flour with tiny bit of yeast.

Then it was 500g flour and 250g water added to poolish before dumping poolish into flour.

I guess maybe next time I'll add the water to the flour instead of the poolish and then dump the poolish on top.

First time making this recipe so user error is definitely a possibility.
Where you add the second 250g water shouldn't matter, poolish or flour.   I add it to the poolish it help dissolve it then everything into the flour.

As stated above I think you're off on your measurements.  Maybe forgot to zero out scale when weighing the water so you came out short.

No problem adding more water like you did.  Mix til it feels and looks right

Jerry
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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2021, 03:31:03 PM »
From disaster to success? Haven't cut in yet but it looks promising!

I'm thankful for forgiving high hydration doughs!

I guess I messed up measuring but I thought I was so careful. Oh well.

Also forgot to score the first one.

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2021, 03:40:13 PM »
Looks great to me. Perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner!

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2021, 04:31:03 PM »
75% is not too bad for bread. Typically the lowest I make (300g water to 400g flour). Itís in the 80-90% territory I can end up with a pancake rather than loaf. The flour also makes a big difference. With a high amount of wholemeal, you can increase the hydration.

Looks like you made it work.
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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2021, 06:21:18 PM »
75% is not too bad for bread. Typically the lowest I make (300g water to 400g flour). Itís in the 80-90% territory I can end up with a pancake rather than loaf. The flour also makes a big difference. With a high amount of wholemeal, you can increase the hydration.

Looks like you made it work.
I normally do 85% and use king Arthur bread flour. 

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2021, 06:21:42 PM »
From disaster to success? Haven't cut in yet but it looks promising!

I'm thankful for forgiving high hydration doughs!

I guess I messed up measuring but I thought I was so careful. Oh well.

Also forgot to score the first one.
Came out great.  Good job enjoy them

Jerry

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Re: Bread making questions
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2021, 10:14:33 PM »
Thanks everyone for the help! The bread turned out great.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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