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Offline Sqid

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Dough: Hard and rubbery or floppy. No sweet spot!
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:22:47 PM »
I'm making a 69% hydration dough.
Autolyse 20 mins and then spiral mix for 10 mins.  Depending on what speeds I use for the mix I either get a dough that has no form and is extreemly wet or I get dough which refuses to stretch and tears very easily.
Frankly working with the later is nigh impossible: stretch a little, rest 1-2 mins, stretch a little, rest 1-2 mins.   After 20 mins of this I have an opened pizza base that is not very even plus I think it's tougher when cooked.
The under developed dough is v. easy to open but I see good bubbles occuring in the oven but then 'poof' they deflate so I figure the gluten isn't developed enough.
I'm using a high hydration because it generally works more easily (could have played tennis with the dough ball previously) and because my introduction to pizza perfevtion was via Vassano's site lol.
Does this sound like what typically happens to over mixed dough?   If so, I can just concentrate on improving the sloppy dough that I make!
Thanks for any input and a great site.

Offline Giggliato

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Re: Dough: Hard and rubbery or floppy. No sweet spot!
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 02:21:27 PM »
It's possible that your dough is overmixed. If you post your dough recipe and some pictures you will probably get some more responses, also how do you get your pizzas into the oven and what temp do you cook at and for how long?

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Re: Dough: Hard and rubbery or floppy. No sweet spot!
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 09:35:55 AM »
Could you let us know what flour you are using?


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Re: Dough: Hard and rubbery or floppy. No sweet spot!
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 09:45:38 AM »
Also, let us know how long you're fermenting the dough after mixing, and what the temperature of the dough is at the conclusion of mixing.
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Re: Dough: Hard and rubbery or floppy. No sweet spot!
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2012, 10:19:39 PM »
Its good to see so many responses.  Thanks.
I'm using a gas deck oven with a 3/4" marble slab.   The temperature I'm finding works best is 310C (590F)for the top heater and 240C (464F) for the bottom.  I'm using a non braomated flour with 14% protein and 62% absorption which I'm assured is ground very fine though I can't tell by the feel.   I think my supplier told me that they run it twice through the mill.
I'm not the most computer savy person on the planet -what's wrong with an abacus? :D- but I will try to get some pictures up soon.
I increased the flour yesterday to bring the hydration down to about 67% as the undermixed dough is easier to work with but not when it becomes a puddle in my dough tray!
Yesterday's mix:
Flour                              2050g
Water                            1350g
Wild yeast preferment        500g (83% hydration 227g water, 273g flour)
Salt                                  35g
EVOO                                25g
Nice to see you Tom.  This is one of the main things I'm playing around with at the momment.   It seems that the dough works better if I let the yeast get a bit of a start before putting it in the fridge.
In order to get the preferment near peak activity when I come to use it, I do several things.  I make a thicker preferment (83% rather that 100%) which should slow the fermentation down a bit.  I keep it in the fridge during the day and feed it last thing a night (about 8pm) when it sits on the counter 'till morning which is when I use it.  When I arrive in the morning I mix the preferment with the water and a handfull of flour and let it sit for about an hour in order to "wake up" before I start making the dough proper.   The preferment has more than doubled in size overnight and there is no apparent colapse of the bubbles on top although I suspect that after 14 hours it is past its peak.
I then autoyse 2/3 of the flour for 20 mins.  Yesterday I mixed for 6 mins.   Rest for 40 mins.  Take it out of the mixer and rest for 10 mins.   Ball and straight into the fridge.
The dough is about the same as the ambient temperature after mixing (80F).   It is very wet so I don't think the mixing process warms it up much at all. I have tried using refridgerated water but it didn't seem to make any difference.
After a night in the fridge there is miniscule extra rise.   However even straight out of the fridge into the oven I get fairly good oven spring.  If I let the dough warm up it will double its volume after about 3-4 hours which is great but it has to be treated with kid gloves as it is very floppy and fragile at that stage.
Thanks again for your time guys.
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