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Adaptation

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I think I may have found my problem.

  
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Another Loaf of Good Bread

Monday, April 23, 2012

I turned out a white bread sourdough loaf today, and it was a complete success. The white bread does have a slightly tangy taste, which I can't detect in the rye loaf. The BW says it's fine, and everything worked exactly the way the recipe says. I used only 1/4 of a cup of starter and it occurred to me that I threw away 3/4 of a cup yesterday when I could have used a full cup of starter, and maybe had to wait four and a half hours instead of 18 to for the dough to rise. I did save 1/4 cup of starter today, and I intend to try 3/4 cup or a full cup of starter the next loaf and six hour or four and a half hour rise time to see what happens. It will be a while, because we're working on three loaves of bread right now and we need to eat some of it.

  
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Jack's Ordination

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I went to Jack/s ordination as a Lutheran Deacon today, but didn't stay for the reception afterward. It lasted about an hour and a quarter, and the reception was a pitch-in. Since I wasn't a member of the church, and since Jack didn't tell me that when he asked me to come to the ordination, I didn't feel that it was really proper for me to hang around - and by leaving immediately I avoided the invitations to come back.

  
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MS.ELENI 4/22/2012 6:08PM

    It was nice of you to go.

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Success

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The BW says the first loaf smells like grape-nuts, and tastes wonderful. She says it's the best bread I ever baked. Meanwhile, generation 9 of the starter doubled in size in something less than three hours, so I think I won't double the amount of starter for the next loaf - just wait until evening before mixing up another loaf tomorrow, and then giving it a full 18 hours before I knock it down. I cut the bread while it was still warm (and a little gooey on the knife) and split it with the BW - and with a little butter on it the taste was wonderful.

  
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BREWMASTERBILL 4/22/2012 8:00AM

    Fresh bread is awesome.

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Sourdough Rye Bread

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I got a good starter on the second try, when I followed the instructions exactly. It doubles in size every three or four hours instead of every twelve, and I couldnít wait Ė I had to try a loaf of sourdough rye with the seventh generation. It may be a total failure (inedible) but I wanted to see what happens, so I started a loaf rising when the dogs and I got back this morning. The starter is on the ninth generation now, and at least one guy says that the starter will be stable and good if you feed it every 12 hours for 30 days, which would be the sixtieth generation.

I worked outside today, and was in the process of planting two flats of St. Augustine plugs in the small sparse areas when the most exciting thunderstorm we have had for a long time hit Ė it was one of those where the rain looks like sheets of curtain waving in the wind when you look at the house across the street, and you canít see the house very well. I got wet enough that I decided to stay inside for the rest of the day.

Right now the loaf had risen for 12 hours so I knocked it down, shaped it, and put it in the oven with the light on to rise again. Iíll bake it around 10:00 and find out what happens today. Using only a fourth of a cup of starter (two ounces) to rise 20 ounces of flour is a lot less than most writers recommend, but keeping the starter in a small container has a lot of advantage. If itís not enough itís easy to multiply by just feeding it every four hours. The only advantage is the long (18 hour recommended) first rise and the long (two hour) second rise. If this doesnít work, Iíll double the starter until I get good results.

This is the web site I have been using, and itís a mistake to use vinegar instead of unsweetened pineapple sauce:

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/alpha/f
ood/sourdough-bread.html

The starter recipe works great if you use pineapple juice, and I used whole-wheat flour out of the cupboard. After the vinegar fiasco, it was wonderful to see the thing foaming and covered in bubbles after the third day.

  
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