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Offline NeverSummer

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Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« on: February 28, 2022, 07:49:50 PM »
Hi there,

I have a question for the owners of the Famag IM5: From your experience - what is the smallest amount of dough that the machine is able to knead?

Thanks!
Jo

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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2022, 08:15:54 PM »
Jo,   I just bought mine, and I autolyse first, with whole wheat,  I can do 450 grams of flour and 360 of water, no problem.  Without autolyse, not sure.  I asked the same questions recently and Pleasant Hill said 500 grams of flour is what they suggest as a minimum, if not using an autolyse.   The other night after doing some bread dough, I did a small batch of pizza dough - 260 flour 170 water, and it kneaded that ,  though I was not shooting for a window pane, and I only used the Famag because I had just finished the bread dough.  It is less efficient with small batches than with a larger amount, but still has some kneading action with smaller batches.  BTW,  no one mentioned it, but I find it is much quieter than my Ank.    What amount do you plan to do?  If you want me to try a test run, let me know flour amount, type, and water, and I will do it by this weekend. 
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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2022, 08:32:01 PM »
Hey barryvabeach,
This was very helpful, thanks. I donít have a specific amount of dough in mind. Iím currently trying to figure out whether I should go with the Famag or the Sunmix machine. I think both will do the job for my normal bread and pizza doughs, so I searched the forum for pros & cons and Iím now trying to validate some of them with real experience from the users. My normal amount of dough is higher than 500g of flower + water, but sometimes its not and therefore it is interesting for me to understand the minimum amount of dough the machine can handle.
Thanks again!
Jo

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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2022, 06:36:19 AM »
Jo, sorry, can't give you any help on the Sunmix.  I wanted the removable bowl and that is why I went with the Famag, though those with the Sunmix say cleaning is not an issue.  I would think that the size of the bowl would be the issue - the narrower the bowl, the more efficient with smaller amounts. I use 450 grams of whole wheat on a regular basis, and am quite happy, though frankly the Ank would easily handle that amount as well.
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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2022, 03:08:02 PM »
Jo, have you read thru this thread ?  -->  https://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=70385.0
Good posts in it about the Famag.

If you normally make small batches, you can always double or triple the batch and freeze part.
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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2022, 10:12:15 PM »
I have a sunmix 6 and regularly do batches as small as 520 g of flour and then water and have never had any issues with a batch that small. Its a great mixer and highly recommended. I worried about the non-removable bowl regarding cleaning, but found it takes only a few minutes to clean it

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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2022, 06:16:47 AM »
A bit late with the reply, but I tried 540g of dough in my Sunmix 6.  I think that that is about the minimum quantity it would do, it didn't knead it as well as a larger batch, but the dough was ok.

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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2022, 10:07:10 PM »
A bit late with the reply, but I tried 540g of dough in my Sunmix 6.  I think that that is about the minimum quantity it would do, it didn't knead it as well as a larger batch, but the dough was ok.



A machine like that is probably made for large batches only.  :)

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Re: Smallest possible amount of dough for Famag IM5
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2022, 01:38:09 PM »
Likely yes, I normally do about 1-1.5kg and that works very well.  I recorded that video for someone that was asking about what the minimum dough quantity was.  Possibly it's more reasonable to knead by hand if one wants only 500g of dough.. :)
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