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Buying a Deck Oven for Small Scale Production

February 8, 2016 - 9:34pm -- kselip

Hello, I have lurked this site often until today. I'm trying to start a small scale bread business out of my house. I have worked in several bakeries but have been baking out of my home oven for some time (sadly gas). I'm thinking of upgrading to a small commercial deck oven. A real bread oven is out of my budget but a used pizza oven seems like it could work well.

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do you prefer a dry heat or moist heat proofer?

October 29, 2015 - 9:42pm -- Lokbot

 I was wondering if people prefer a moist or dry heat for their proofer.  

I made a simple proofer.  I got the idea from various forum posts.  The main reason I went this route was because I could build this out of parts that I own.  I spent 10 dollars on a 100 watt adjustable aquarium heater.

 It's a cooler with water in the bottom of it and an aquarium heater.  It has a rack about 4 inches above the water that I can put my proofables on.  I noticed that it's a pretty humid environment.  I'd guess > 80% RH.  Is this high humidity ideal for proofing?

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Has anyone seen the IGF spiral mixers on ebay?

October 15, 2015 - 7:29am -- vtsteve

The importer seems to have sold some (with motors for US electric); I hate to be the first kid on the block.  ;-)

It looks like one could buy a three-phase model, void the warranty by installing a VFD, and have a variable-speed, reversible, lift-head/removable bowl, 25 kg. spiral mixer for under $3k...

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Ankarsrum kneading time

July 11, 2015 - 2:56pm -- pmiker

Forgive me if this has been covered before.  I did some searches but did not find an answer.

I have 3 lbs of dough, 50% fresh whole wheat, 70% hydration with a bit of melted butter.  Once mixed how long and at what speed would you knead the dough in the current model Ankarsrum Model N30 Original?

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N50 mixer

January 24, 2015 - 1:20pm -- Tenne

I have a couple of these that I am looking to sell if anybody is interested. Both are in excellent working order w/SS bowls but no mixing hooks or paddle. Anybody interested?

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mixer conumdrum

November 7, 2014 - 10:52am -- pmiker

In looking at specs, here's what I find in terms of capacity:

Haussler Alpha - 13 lbs

Ankarsrum - 10.5 lbs

Bosch Universal Plus - 15 lbs

The Bosch is the least expensive and has the greatest capacity according to the specs.  The Haussler has a larger bowl.  It seems everyone loves the Ankarsrum.   All three mix differently.  Two are multi-purpose while one is mostly just for dough.  Is there enough difference in the performance of these three to justify one over the other?


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