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45 grams - stiff dough levain (45%)

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malu

45 grams - stiff dough levain (45%)

new and not an expert, but getting frustrated with terminology and confusing recipe. what is "stiff dough levan (45%) got this from the Rustic bread recipe.

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occidental

Hi malu, I understand your frustration, there are a lot of terms that sometimes aren't well defined.  A stiff levain usually has enough flour in it to make it kneadable, as opposed to a liquid levain that can usually be stirred.  The percent refers to the bakers percentage.  If you do a search on this site for 'bakers percentage' you'll find lots of explanations.  Basically for 45% levain it would be made up of 100 parts flour, 45 parts water, for a total of 145 parts.  This can be grams, ounces, etc.  So if you had a stiff levain and wanted to refresh it you could add 100 grams water, 45 grams water.

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PMcCool

bakers percentages are weight-based.  As occidental notes, which measurement system you use isn't important, so long as your measurements are weights.  Volume measurements will not give the right results when talking about percentages.


Paul

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malu

Looks as though I have an abundance to learn. This looks like the place to learn it.  Many thanks.

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malu

Thank you very much, I appriciate the time you took for the explanation. I suppose trying to start a new intrest will take a bit of time to research and learn. I am sure my wife is happy I did not take up brain surgery, although the chemistry part is probably the same. Needless to say again thank you. I will get better with help from kind people like you.


Malu