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rictanica

Hello all.... question # 1 of many, from baking rookie.

Hello all! Trying to perfect the brewing of beer, and baking of bread... Although perfection is unobtainable, im givin er my best shot. Problem is the language barrier. My question is: What is Autolysis? I know in brewing it means when the yeast cells use the dead yeast cells for food at the point that you have reached full yeast growth, it effects fermentation greatly in beer. What is the effect on the flavor of bread?

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Floydm

I think in bread people talk about autolyse rather than the autolysis in brewing.  Here is my take on it.


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OldWoodenSpoon

which is a different word.  Autolyse describes a step where the dough is left to sit and just absorb the liquids into the flour (hydration).  This step is typically done after combining the water and flour, and sometimes any prefermented flour but not always.  It is also typically done before adding the salt.  You will see many formulas that call for this without actually using the word "autolyse", but if you type "autolyse" (without the " marks) into the [Search] box on the upper left hand side of the page you will find more than enough education to keep you busy reading for some time.


Welcome to The Fresh Loaf, and good luck with both your liquid and your solid breads!
OldWoodenSpoon

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Mini Oven

he wants to turn sourdough to mash too!


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/21906/how-much-oversour-dough-use


Autolysis, the process starts from the moment the flour or grain gets wet, the process of decomposition and in bread it has more to do with the water absorbtion (there is less than in beer) and gluten formation at the beginning of the process than later on.  As time goes on the gluten bonds will be destroyed.  Bread is baked before this point while the yeasts are still producing gas and the gluten can trap it.  That point comes much earlier than yeast eating yeasts in brewing.   I'm sure of it.

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rictanica

for the greetings and the clarifiction on terms. Building beverage is much easier for me than building bread at this point.