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Replacing Instant yeast with Osmotolerant yeast

January 25, 2013 - 11:13pm -- Jassie 2


I have this 1lb bag of osmotolerant yeast and I am wondering how much to reduce it by if I'm using it in replacement of regular instant yeast. My breads seem to rise too fast if I use the same amount and as it is a big bag to me, I find it pointless to get a separate bag of instant dry yeast.

Thanks for any input!



Juergen's picture

Why should I use one type of yeast over another?

January 12, 2013 - 5:15am -- Juergen

Whenever I make a yeasted bread,  I always use instant yeast because this is the only type of yeast most supermarkets here in Holland sell. As a result I've never used fresh yeast or active dry yeast at all. The brand of instant yeast I typically buy is Bruggeman because that is what my local supermarket sells.

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Yeast Amounts - beginner baker

January 1, 2013 - 10:04am -- leechild4


I have just got started in baking, having bought myself a couple of books for Christmas. The question I have is about the different amounts of yeast the two books ask for in their recipes. The difference being one is American and one English.

How to Bake by Paul Hollywood
- his general rule is around 7-10g instant yeast per loaf 

Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller
- for his batard recipe he creates a poolish with 0.1g yeast, and then in the dough uses 0.9g yeast

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Going "backwards" -- Using yeast when recipe calls for starter

December 31, 2012 - 12:51am -- mikemike

Hi everyone -- I'm new to the site and fairly new to baking breads.

Because of my current situation, I'm not able to begin a wild yeast starter at the moment (but I will sometime soon) so I have a question: What should I do differently if I'm using active dry yeast in a recipe that calls for the use of a wild starter? 

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Red Star PLATINUM Yeast Sampling/Baking contest winners

December 19, 2012 - 4:42pm -- KosherEye

Hi, is delighted to announce that we have posted the winning recipes for the Red Star PLATINUM Yeast Sampling/Baking contest. We received so many great recipes...there are a lot of fabulous bakers out there! Please visit with us and view the 3 winning recipes selected by Red Star Yeast.

We thank members of the Fresh Loaf who submitted recipes.

dvalentine10's picture

After a recent failed attempt to make Tartine's basic country loaf, I decided to change up my starter.

I now feed 50 grams of starter 50 g water + 50 g flour. I feed it every 12 hours. (On a related note, this seems a little too fussy. Do I really need to do this all the time?)

I store it in a glass pint jar on the top of my fridge. I keep it screwed shut.

The starter shows strong bubbling activity, though I can't get it to double in size. It maybe -just maybe - gets to be a third larger in a 12-hour span.

What's most amazing about it is that after 12 hours, it smells extremely strongly of apple vinegar. Also, when I unscrew the lid, the inside of the container is pressurized from all the yeast activity (I assume).

My question for you: Am I on the right track? Is something crazy happening here?


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