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Hamelman's Vermont Sourdough with increased whole grain-HELP PLEASE!

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Sedlmaierin

Hamelman's Vermont Sourdough with increased whole grain-HELP PLEASE!

Ok, so unless I have a moment of being a complete idiot, I think there is quite a mis-print in the amounts for this bread, under the home column.Anybody who has baked this bread and who can verify  my math here would be helpful-I will write up what I come up with once it is baked. I just want to bake the BREAD!


Ok, so it is a 65% hydration dough with 11.2 oz of AP flour and 4.8 oz of rye flour-that would put the water at 10.4 oz, right?


C


 

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Doc Tracy

Would you like a spreadsheet in grams to help with this? I hate using ounces. If you email me at tracy@doctracy.org I'll send you a spreadsheet designed just for the breads in this book. One for the sourdoughs and one for the straight doughs.

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Sedlmaierin

Tracy- you are angel! I will email you right.....I have been converting all that stuff into grams-my one petpeeve about the book; that the "home" section is not in grams.HAve you made this bread? It seems way off in the amounts........which if I REALLY REALLY read a recipe before starting I should have noticed,but alas!


C

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Doc Tracy

I just mailed it to you. good luck! I've not made this bread yet but it's on my list of breads to bake. In fact, I think I used that formula when we were making the spreadsheet.

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Sedlmaierin

I just went ahead with the 10.4 oz water-we shall see what happens.In the meantime I will try to figure out why this recipe seems so wonky!


C

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Doc Tracy

I designed my spreadsheet so that you don't have to worry about holding back any certain amount of starter. His builds are great but I always get confused when I'm trying to figure out how the build goes into the finished dough. As I'm getting used to the book, I'm getting the hang of how he wants you to do it but at first I found that extra bit of starter confusing.


So, remember to keep out some starter because it won't be in the build or final dough. My spreadsheet assumes that you maintain your starter seperately.

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LindyD

I'm at work and don't have the book with me, but I mixed the Hamelman VT sourdough last night and recall the home formula calls for 24 ounces (1 pound, 8 ounces) of bread flour, plus the rye. Water was 14.8 ounces (but don't quote me).  I goofed and added all of the levain instead of holding back an ounce; will see what it looks like when I pull it from the cooler after work.


Am pretty sure the formula which uses whole wheat is the same, except it substitutes WW for the rye.   Will check tonight.


A futher note:  this formula is my everyday bread.  It has never failed.

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Sedlmaierin

Thanks Lindy! I am making the one on page 156, though and it has different proportions. I will try and figure it out at some point today-possibly with the help of the spreadsheet! But at this point I will be making a small loaf, since I went with the 11.2oz bread flour plus the 4.8 oz rye flour...which gives a way small dough yield than the stated 3lb 5.4 oz............


c

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leucadian

It will be interesting to hear how the bread comes out. If I understand you right, you've got 11.2 oz bread flour (70%), 4.8 oz rye (30%), 10.4 oz water (65%), 0.6 oz salt (3.75%). Good thing you re-calculated the water! Looks like you had a sticky loaf of rye. Did the high salt level affect the rise time?

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Sedlmaierin

well, i halved the salt. this will be called "flying by the seat of my pants vermont sd......"


i shall make a blog post once it is done. sheesh, if it turns out it will be a miracle!


so to recap-since i never posted this orginially. i started the levain at night-was lazy and went by the cup measure(this if the first time i went by cup measure and it is off! therefore created a stiffer levain and it also means there is a huge amount of pre-fermented flour),then this a.m. realized how wonky things are and proceeded with guesstimating the remaining flour/water ratio-trying to approximate that 70%BF,30%RF and 65% H2O pus .3 oz salt. I can tell you already, I used more water, since the dough seemed not of medium consistency at all going by those ratios! Have tasted the dough and it does not seem too salty.......


i guess, this is what you call learning experience!


c


 

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leucadian

I think the overall bread flour amount in the home recipe is off: instead of 11.2 oz total bread flour, it should be 1 lb 11.2oz (6.4 oz levain + 1 lb 4.8 oz final dough).


You can see that the overall ratios don't add up (11.2 : 4.8 is not 85:15), and the ingredients in the overall recipe are a pound short of the 3 lbs 5.4 oz total needed for 2 large loaves of 1.5 lbs each.

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plevee

Some kind person posted corrections to this formula previously;


The total BF should be 1# 12oz


All the liquid levain weights should be doubled, with 14.4oz incorporated into the final dough


Water in final dough is 12.8oz


The metric numbers are correct. Patsy

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Sedlmaierin

thanks-  i searched under the recipe name and didn't find any posting of the corrected recipe. oh well.........the waiting game is on. i shall find out what kidn of bread i am baking in a few hours!


c

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Zeb

Hi Doc Tracey,


 


Would it be very forward of me to ask if I could have your spreadsheet too?  I have a scale that converts from ounces to grams and I usually write out the numbers by hand as I go through, but I get into a terrible muddle with these formulae sometimes.  I love working with this book but it is hard sometimes, especially when you are used to grams.


Zeb

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Doc Tracy

Please do. Why do all the work when there's something out there better? I have a scale that converts too but I don't always want to make 3 loaves of bread. Trying to divide 1lb 12 ounces into 3 is just crazy instead of asking the spreadsheet to make me a 1,000gram loaf of bread.

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Zeb

Thanks Tracy, email received !  - plus I've made notes on the Vermont sourdough formula which I will put inside the book too.  You are all so kind and helpful - thanks again Zeb

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nosimplex

Tracy, may I ask you for the spreadsheet too?  I'm using a bread maker and have to recalculate the numbers. I'm doing manually using the Hamalman's book 

Thank you

Alexei

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JerryW

Looks like earlier reply-posters have already shown the corrections needed.  FWIW the earlier (July 31, 2009) thread where this was discussed to death is entitled "Errors in Hammelman [sic] and DiMuzio bread books" and may be found at http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/13075/errors-hammelman-and-dimuzio-bread-books

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Sedlmaierin

Thanks to both, you and Mini. I don't know why I didn't find that thread when I searched!


I will put it into my favorites for easy reference!


C

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Sedlmaierin

Wohoo-just read that thread and I have to say-am glad I wasn't part of it!


But definitely will be my go to when I make this bread -for the firstish time!*wink*


Christina

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Sedlmaierin

Danke schoen!


C

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Mini Oven

when I fly by the seat of my pants.

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Sedlmaierin

I KNEW it! That's what was wrong-I was not wearing jeans, on all previous baking days I did! Therefore the flight was a bit rough..........oh wise one!


That was a sweet chuckle for the a.m.!

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Sedlmaierin

Thanks to all you friendly helpers! The bread is done, cooled and cut. Tastes amazing-looks miles substandard partly because some super dufus(me) decided to stick it in a loaf pan, due to its high rye content and the rye-y feel of the dough...........when will I learn to trust my starter?


Anyways, the rest of my day followed the same prinicple as the recipe-just kinda off......so maybe it was in the air.


When I get back from my mini-trip I will post picture and write a blog entry.


Cheers


C

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Doc Tracy

It's the taste that matters. I kept baking pretty batards and boules. One day my husband said-can you bake these in loaf shapes? They'd be really good if they were shaped like regular loaves. So now I'm baking in loaf pans. Most everything. At least until I get into the house where I have a full size oven and can experiment with a stone and various methods of covers/steams.

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Sedlmaierin

You know, EVERY SINGLE bread I put into a loaf pan ends up with a nasty crack looking thingy on the side. Mini had a good idea about it when I posted about a similar problem with a rye bread(cutting and pasting here)


"About the crack.  I think a combination of the wetness of the dough and the weight is falling over the edges of the pan.  The heat sets the crust and the loaf keeps rising as the set crust floats causing the crack.  Maybe you need a bigger pan or a smaller recipe or a slightly dryer dough."


Did I learn? Nope! But yeah, the taste is really quite lovely! I have never made a bread with bread flour and a large rye percentage-it is really nice and just the right type of bread for my husband. I can't wait to make a REAL Vermont SD ,though, like I set out to......Oh well, next week maybe!


C

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Barbara Krauss

Hi there C,


I think a quick solution to your problem is to stop using the "Home" column in the Hamelman recipes and instead look to the metric equivalents in column 2, converting the kilograms to grams.  All you have to do is move the decimal point two places to the right for all weight values -- very easy.


For instance, for the levain build, it's 150 g bread flour instead of 1.5 kg; 188 grams water instead of 1.88 kg; and 30 grams mature culture instead of .3 kg.  It's one of the great advantages of using metric. I end up with two decent sized loaves using these measurements.


Barbara

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Sedlmaierin

Thanks Barbara, excellent idea! For the recipes I checked out that means one ends up with a bit more dough yield than is written in the home column, but it doesn't seem to be a large difference. I love metric,so much easier to use one tenth of the commercial metric column than converting the ounces into grams.


At least you were smart enough to figure it out by yourself-thanks for the tip!


Christina

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UnConundrum

I did that yesterday as well and it worked wonderfully :)


 



 



 


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Sedlmaierin

beautiful! can't wait to make that bread!


christina

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Mini Oven

Mini

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Barbara Krauss

Hi Christina,


Nice of you to respond, you are very welcome!


Barbara