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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #60 on: February 18, 2019, 02:39:13 PM »
With ~115,000g of flour in a batch, you could likely vary the water by more than +/- 1 liter without noticing any difference.
Probably way more than a litre. I reckon that they'd only have a very general idea what their hydration really is.
In my industry we call it "Bucket Chemistry".
"Hey junior metallurgist, fill the tank to about 3 feet below the brim, then whack in about this much of that other stuff. Doesn't look right ? Add a bit more of the other stuff.
Born after we got the metric system? Ah well try filling the tank to about 1 metre (39 and a bit inches) below the brim. Yeah that looks about right."
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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #61 on: February 18, 2019, 02:50:02 PM »
The general consensus seems to be that they end up around 55-60%.
Not what I'd call high hydration, which was my point.
You know how you reckon the "absolutely must have typo 00 flour" mantra has probably screwed over more beginners than it has helped?
I feel the same way about high hydration.

I wouldn't disagree though it does depend a bit on the flour.
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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #62 on: February 18, 2019, 03:26:01 PM »
Emmanuele half-jokingly says: "Qual'è l'idratazione? Boh? È pronta" ----> "What is the hydration? I dunno. When it's ready".

I think they start the dough with fixed amounts of water, salt and yeast and add the flour gradually quantum sufficit or quanto basta until reaching the punto di pasta which they gauge by eye and by touch.


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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #63 on: February 19, 2019, 04:42:47 AM »
I wouldn't disagree though it does depend a bit on the flour.
Yes, no doubt for every different flour there is a minimum hydration level below which the dough is just plain unworkable.
For my three locally available supermarket generics, I find Woolworths and Coles own brands require about 60% hydration for a decent easily handled dough.
The Aldi White Mill house flour is hard to handle at 60%.
I'm trying about 57% hydration next time I use it.
It feels extra silky in comparison to the other two, like it is ground finer, but seems to take less water.

Strangely, those flours are all 10% protein generics that probably come from the same mills. :-D

Emmanuele half-jokingly says: "Qual'è l'idratazione? Boh? È pronta" ----> "What is the hydration? I dunno. When it's ready".
I reckon all of them are guessing it, pretty much. Start here and see if you need to add a little more flour at the end.
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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #64 on: February 19, 2019, 05:15:29 AM »
Recently, I was looking a picture of a Da Machele pie, and it dawned on me that I had been missing the obvious all these years - I generally didn't have places with just crust and oil (and salt which I sprinkle over the whole pie just before baking. Those sections are almost like a bread stick. Doing this intentionally was a major step forward in my pizza. It's not something you see a lot, and I think it may be one reason, that nobody realizes, why people like Da Michele so much.

I do this a bit - not too often because I am the only person of my acquaintance who gets it.
I got the idea years ago from Russell Jeavons, who started an artisan pizza joint in an old house down south.

In about 1992, he built a wood oven from ordinary red house bricks and ran a very successful business selling wood fired delights.
The oven is built inside a rustic enclosure that looks like an oh-so-Aussie corrugated iron rain water tank.

I saw him on TV one day. I'm going to guess it at about 8 years ago. It was one of those lifestyle programs extolling the touristy bits of our state.
As he demonstrated a wood fired pizza, he said something along the lines of "You've got to leave a few bare spaces or the dough won't cook properly."
It was a pivotal moment for me too. I was still cooking the pizzas in my stove at the time, but that was when "less is more" started to make sense.

I remember discussing it with a work colleague who fancied himself a bit of a foodie and had been there.
"Nice pizzas I guess, a bit light on toppings," he said. What a mutton head.

Eventually he sold, but the restaurant is still extant.
Mind you, I just googled it. There's a rolling pin in one of the pictures!!!!
I'm devastated. Looks like the new owners aren't quite as trad as Russell.
Looking at the pictures of their product, I'd wager most members of this forum could do as well.
https://www.russellspizza.com
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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #65 on: March 12, 2019, 12:50:08 PM »
Tomorrow im going to try with caputo blue 00 and 60% hydration.
12h in bulk and 12 in balls.


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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #66 on: March 12, 2019, 04:00:27 PM »
Tomorrow im going to try with caputo blue 00 and 60% hydration.
12h in bulk and 12 in balls.

Pretty good plan there. That's pretty much my go to except I let the bulk ferment go for usually 14-16 hours. Not for any technical reason, I just don't feel like balling the dough early in the morning to give it a full 12 hours.
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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #67 on: March 12, 2019, 04:48:40 PM »
I found in my case that 12 hours in ball led to a “too relaxed” dough, it would stretch for miles If I was inclined, after non scientific messing about I have settled on 18 bulk, 6 ball at 18-20° C and have been happy, relatively speaking. I will be interested in your finding.

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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #68 on: March 12, 2019, 05:20:10 PM »
FWIW: I think 6-8 hours in balls on top of wood is very good (some day I'll give longer a decent try).  Gives the dough time to relax, and the bottoms are nicely dry, so little need for much bench flour.
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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #69 on: March 14, 2019, 08:06:18 PM »
Finally, 14h bulk and 10h in balls.
60% hydration
0.68gr fresh yeast


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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #70 on: March 15, 2019, 12:05:38 AM »
THAT, looks like a pizza, enjoy!
But I already know what you are thinking . . . If I change that, and do this, and next time I will try . .  . And so it goes, do you deliver to an island in the pacific?
Have fun!

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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #71 on: March 15, 2019, 11:31:09 AM »
THAT, looks like a pizza, enjoy!
But I already know what you are thinking . . . If I change that, and do this, and next time I will try . .  . And so it goes, do you deliver to an island in the pacific?
Have fun!

Hahaha. You just described me right after a pizza session. Probably a lot of others on here too :)

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Re: Da Michele Dough
« Reply #72 on: March 15, 2019, 10:17:37 PM »
Hahaha. You just described me right after a pizza session. Probably a lot of others on here too :)
Ahahhaha. Next day 8 in bulk and 16 in balls!

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