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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,528
    I was just going to start some pizza dough for tomorrow and realized I'm out of flour (again). 
    NOLA
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,682
    I haven’t baked bread in quite a long time, but the WFO has gotten me back in to it. These first two loaves are Pain de Campagne from Forkish’s FWSY. I need to learn to how better work with high hydration doughs, and forming in to rounds. Needless to say, they came out looking great, and it is killing me to let them rest for 30 minutes before slicing. 
    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,682
    Crumb came out looking great, very happy with this first effort. 
    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

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  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 6,472
    @CTMike I'll warn you that 500 degrees in your wood oven is not the same as 500 degrees on the egg or in the house. You loose almost zero energy when you add bread to your wood oven - so watch it. It can cook faster/ brown more. Ask me how I know...
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,682
    edited July 2020
    SciAggie said:
    @CTMike I'll warn you that 500 degrees in your wood oven is not the same as 500 degrees on the egg or in the house. You loose almost zero energy when you add bread to your wood oven - so watch it. It can cook faster/ brown more. Ask me how I know...
    Thanks for the tip. This was cooked in the electric hot box as I can’t fire up the WFO today as it isn’t weathered in and we have t-storms rolling in. Pizza tomorrow. 
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  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    Well... I killed my starter.  I couldn’t find it in the basement fridge this morning.  After a search and rescue operation, I ended up finding it in a forgotten corner of the pantry.  SWMBO moved it there while cleaning up over a month ago.  All this time, I thought it was in the fridge 🤷‍♂️. I can't describe how bad the smell was when I opened the jar; dead body kind of bad.  I should have just tossed the jar in the trash but instead I scooped it out in the compost bin (bad move) and then rinsed the jar in the kitchen sink (worse move).  I can’t get rid of the smell 😳😳😳

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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,528
    I’ve made enough loaves that I figured it was worth purchasing a bannetton and lame (I’ve been using bowls and knives with decent results). Wow what a difference!


    NOLA
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 20,762
    paqman said:
    Well... I killed my starter.  I couldn’t find it in the basement fridge this morning.  After a search and rescue operation, I ended up finding it in a forgotten corner of the pantry.  SWMBO moved it there while cleaning up over a month ago.  All this time, I thought it was in the fridge 🤷‍♂️. I can't describe how bad the smell was when I opened the jar; dead body kind of bad.  I should have just tossed the jar in the trash but instead I scooped it out in the compost bin (bad move) and then rinsed the jar in the kitchen sink (worse move).  I can’t get rid of the smell 😳😳😳

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 37,896
    paqman said:
    Well... I killed my starter.  I couldn’t find it in the basement fridge this morning.  After a search and rescue operation, I ended up finding it in a forgotten corner of the pantry.  SWMBO moved it there while cleaning up over a month ago.  All this time, I thought it was in the fridge 🤷‍♂️. I can't describe how bad the smell was when I opened the jar; dead body kind of bad.  I should have just tossed the jar in the trash but instead I scooped it out in the compost bin (bad move) and then rinsed the jar in the kitchen sink (worse move).  I can’t get rid of the smell 😳😳😳

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 37,896
    Been there, smell is indescribable 
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  • Got me a starter going. Its been about a month since I started it. I went with the method that the annoying guy that talks into a cabinet on U-tube describes. First attempt at bread didn't rise (dont think my starter was at the right stage). Trash. Second attempt was a runny mess all over the counter. Trash. Third attempt actually made it to the Egg and in the DO. It came out ok. Taste was good texture was a bit chewy. Fourth attempt is in the fridge for a bake this evening. Good news is that we have had some great pancakes and waffles. I have always struggled with baking from scratch and am forcing my way through this. Trying to avoid buying all accoutrements until I'm sure that I can actually bake something worth a dam.
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,769
    Waiting for it to cool a bit before tasting  
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  • Can you guy's recommend a vessel for bulk fermentation? I seem to be over fermenting and was wondering if a vessel with straight sides may help me judge the amount of rise. I'm in Fla so my ferment time is shorter than most but I am having trouble recognizing it. Thanks in advance, this whole baking thing is a new battle for me!
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,528
    edited September 2020
    Can you guy's recommend a vessel for bulk fermentation? I seem to be over fermenting and was wondering if a vessel with straight sides may help me judge the amount of rise. I'm in Fla so my ferment time is shorter than most but I am having trouble recognizing it. Thanks in advance, this whole baking thing is a new battle for me!

    I just use a bowl.  Sourdough rises a lot less (in my case) than regular yeasted bread.  If you do an overnight in the fridge ferment, you really can't go too wrong with 4-6 hours at room temp (considering 2 hours at the beginning with 30 min turn and folds).

    For rectangles, though, look at lexans.

    Something like this.


    NOLA
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    Can you guy's recommend a vessel for bulk fermentation? I seem to be over fermenting and was wondering if a vessel with straight sides may help me judge the amount of rise. I'm in Fla so my ferment time is shorter than most but I am having trouble recognizing it. Thanks in advance, this whole baking thing is a new battle for me!
     

    Cambro

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  • Thanks guys! @buzd504 been trying an overnight bulk followed by 12-24 hours in fridge. The overnight bulk is just too long in my case. Whats left after an overnight bulk is basically a big pile of slop...
  • Hoster05Hoster05 Posts: 271
    Made two country brown loaves with apple cinnamon bacon folded in.  Like most things involving bacon, I could have added more bacon.  


    Mankato, MN - LBGE
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    @Hoster05 you are killing it!

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  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    I haven’t seen @NPHuskerFL posting in a long long time, I was actually wondering about him.

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  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 6,472
    paqman said:
    I haven’t seen @NPHuskerFL posting in a long long time, I was actually wondering about him.
    He's alive and kicking. I interact with him on IG some. He still posts there.
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. A curing chamber for bacterial transformation of meats...
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • FarmingPhDFarmingPhD Posts: 640
    My starter has been in progress for about 10 days, last couple it finally started having consistent life.  Proofing baskets are supposed to show up Friday and first loaf coming hopefully Saturday.

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 37,896
    paqman said:
    I haven’t seen @NPHuskerFL posting in a long long time, I was actually wondering about him.
    We played phone tag today.  But I still haven't talked to him since early on in the pandemic.

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  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    @SmartyPantz this looks pretty good to me!

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  • FarmingPhDFarmingPhD Posts: 640
    First sour dough loaf.  Pretty sure it was overproofed which is partly why I had poor oven spring along with I’m sure a multitude of other mistakes. I do think will eat just fine though and it’s music listening to it crackle as it cools.

  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    @FarmingPhD looks pretty solid to me!

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,600
    Great color on that loaf @FarmingPhD !  Doesn't seem overproofed from here. 

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  • FarmingPhDFarmingPhD Posts: 640
    edited January 31
    Thanks @paqman & @caliking , flavor is great and texture is pretty good.  I’m not very familiar with what I should expect from sourdough texture. My crumb was fairly small and it had more moisture than I expected making it seem kind of heavy.  My wife used the term it seems tacky even though it is fully baked.  The high hydration doughs are definitely challenging to work but really cool how the gluten develops and it becomes workable. 

    Edit: we cut into it at lunch and half a loaf was gone in 15 minutes.

  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,689
    @FarmingPhD  Did you let it fully cool before slicing?  The crumb on sourdough is a bit more « tacky » than yeast bread but it is worst if you slice while still warm.


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  • FarmingPhDFarmingPhD Posts: 640
    paqman said:
    @FarmingPhD  Did you let it fully cool before slicing?  The crumb on sourdough is a bit more « tacky » than yeast bread but it is worst if you slice while still warm.

    I let it cool almost 3 hours, so may have been above room temp but wouldn’t call it warm.  Good to know and will make sure we let it fully cool going forward.
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