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TBBA Basic Sourdough - Flour Comparison

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TBBA Basic Sourdough - Flour Comparison

Now that I have made a few decent loaves of SD in a row using Reinhart's Basic Sourdough formula, I have been eager to experiment.  However, I thought I'd start simply by doing a white flour comparison so things wouldn't get too out of hand for a beginner like me!  I doubled the recipe to make four loaves and used my usual KAF Organic AP for two and Shipton Mill Traditional Organic All Purpose, which I picked up during our trip to England in June, for the other two loaves.  I used exactly the same procedures for all of the loaves, even down to the amount of water.  They all came out tasting very good, though the Shipton Mill flour definitely soaked up more water and had a tighter crumb.  It also produced a milder tasting, slightly sweeter loaf.



My makeshift batard rising couche: jars of peanut butter supported by rolled up towels and covered by a disposable plastic tablecloth draped over cooling racks.  Here, one loaf is covered and one isn't.



KAF AP on the left and the ever so slightly smaller Shipton Mill AP on the right.  Not much difference on the outside!




KAF AP crumb on the left and Shipton Mill AP crumb on the right.  I'm not a great photographer (to say the least!) but I think you can see the larger holes of the KAF loaf.


I don't know if anyone else here at TFL has had a lot of experience with Shipton Mill flour, but I got it since it is what Richard Bertinet uses... and we were in England anyway... and I wanted to see the mill...  If I lived in England within say, 50 miles or so of Shipton Mill, I'd probably make the trip to buy their flour.  However, since I live in the USA I wouldn't say it's worth trying to special order or anything.


Summer

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Thanks for doing this experiment.  I have recently begun caring a lot more about what type of flour gets used in the bread, and trying to figure out the differences.  Do you have any other information on the flours you used? Gluten percentages or any other metrics?


I am currently using General Mills Power Flour, but I just ordered Giusto's Ultimate Performer and All Purpose Snowflake.  Many more tests to come.


Danny - Sour Flour
http://www.sourflour.org

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summerbaker

Oh boy, I'm going to look dumb, but all I know is that KAF Organic AP is not as "strong" and needs less water than regular KAF AP.  It seems that the Shipton Mill Organic AP is similar to the regular KAF AP.  I used to use KAF Bread Flour for everything, but wanted to make a move towards organic so I switched.  The organic is not as strong, of course, but is still over 11% protein.  That's all I remember from looking it up awhile back.  Good luck with your comparisons!


Summer