Biga + Soaker
Today I'm making Peter Reinhart's 100% whole wheat loaf. It has a biga and a soaker that I made last night. I'm curious why, technically speaking, do these need to be done separately? Why couldn't a person just mix all the ingredients of the biga and soaker in one big ball and let them sit overnight? It would sure simplify things. I'll post a picture of today's loaf when it's done. I'd appreciate opinions about this. Thanks!