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Whole grain spelt (or wheat) flour VS unbleached white spelt (or wheat) flour

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Melian

Whole grain spelt (or wheat) flour VS unbleached white spelt (or wheat) flour

Hello everyone,


I am going through a recipe that call for both Whole grain spelt (or wheat) flour VS unbleached white spelt (or wheat) flour and I don't know what is the difference between the two of them...is one with seeds inside? Thank you very much in advance. I will post the recipe after I solved my doubt!


Sam

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Yerffej

Whole grain flour (spelt or wheat) is just that, the whole grain.  This would include the bran, germ and endosperm.  White flour is usually just the endosperm with the germ and bran entirely removed.  Often these terms are subject to less than strict interpretation and the flour can have slight variances.


Jeff

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Melian

Thank you for your reply...I have never seen at the grocery both of them, usually is "Spelt flour" and "Whole wheat flour". Do you think there should be a special mention on the bag? Or maybe I can substitute with something else?

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Yerffej

I am not certain exactly which flour you seek.  If it is labeled as "spelt flour" with no other description I would GUESS that it is white spelt with most or all of the bran and germ removed.  Whole wheat is whole wheat and will have some or all of the bran and germ included.  Without these it becomes a white all purpose type flour.


These are loose descriptions because the flour world is filled with confusion and non standardized labeling but what I have given you here should provide a basic guideline that is not set in stone.


Jeff

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Melian

I am sorry is not easy to explain, i perfectly got the difference, bu t i want to report the dosage so i can better explain:


 


200 gr whole wheat / spelt starter (and ok i have got that)


400 gr filtered water


400 wholegrain spelt / wheat flour


500 gr unbleached white spelt or wheat flour


300 gr soaked grains


4 teaspoons sea salt


 


in the shops, even the organic / natural product ones, I am able to find spelt flour (not specified if is white or whole) and whole wheat flour (stoneground if i am lucky) so maybe the problem is that there is not much request for those other flour and the shops do not order it. So i would probably use regular spelt flour and whole wheat flour if i can't find anything different...