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RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
2/28/12 4:34 P

the only time I couldn't get my bread to rise was the time either my water or milk was to hot and I killed the yeast... and I've been making bread for about 30 years and "should" know what I am doing... guess that is what happens when I rush and don't pay attention to what I am doing!

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MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
2/28/12 3:12 P

Thanks!
I tried it with 1/2 potato water, and that seemed to do the trick.

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2/28/12 9:39 A

I've found that potato water changes how well the bread rises as well. I either adjust the mix of types of wheat I'm using, or use a mixture of potato water and other liquids. It's an easy test to see if that is your issue...next batch, use 1/2 potato water to 1/2 water. If you get better results, that would be the culprit.

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MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
2/27/12 9:32 P

I've been baking bread for years without problems. This past month, two batches wouldn't rise. The yeast is fine because some other doughs have risen in between bread failures - pizza dough, sweet dough etc.- and I am baffled as to why the bread is suddenly not behaving in line with my expectations.
The only thing that changed is that I used the water from cooking potatoes instead of water straight out of the tap. Would potato starch kill the yeast?

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