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Yeast Hydration @ 68º Reason For Low Dough Flavor?

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    Yeast Hydration @ 68º Reason For Low Dough Flavor?

    Rushed and distracted, I hydrated Fleischmann's yeast in 68 degree water. Fermentation took 5 hours to double, not 2, but everything else in my go-to NY recipe was normal, including 4 days' retarding before proofing, forming, and baking. The dough had much less flavor than normal. Do you think 68 degrees was the culprit?

    Short answer? No.

    Same flour as usual? Anything else change, i.e. salt % etc?


    • fkrall
      fkrall commented
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      Ahhh--now that you mention it (and I should have mentioned it), I ran out of King Arthur bread flour and so added 90g King Arthur Pizza Flour to the 280g KA to complete the standard 370g flour total. Everything else the same. I remember thinking the Pizza Flour (my first time trying it) would help the flavor rather than hurt it, but perhaps not.

    I don't think so either.


      I do not think so either. As mentioned, could be the flour. I have seen the climate of the room have an effect as well.


        What recipe are you using?
        I’m working on my pizza game as well. So any info will be greatly appreciated.


          How old was the flour? Older flour can make a difference...


            Steve B https://stellaculinary.com/stella-cu...-resource-page. I'm making the NY Style. I think a great site with a number of helpful videos. Thanks, all, for your suggestions. As I review my notes, I realize I made a number of rookie mistakes, not the least of which was posting my question before reviewing my notes! Perhaps not microwaving the yeast hydration (the thought crossed my mind) was the smartest thing I did. We learn more from our mistakes....


            • Steve B
              Steve B commented
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              Thanks for the link.

            A friend of ours just baked us a loaf of sourdough bread, from Bread flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, semolina flour, water, and salt. Fantastic.



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