Experience with Esmach SP-5 micro mixer
I've finally decided to bite the bullet and buy an Esmach SP-5 micro mixer, and am really looking forward to getting it. I'd like to get some feedback from people experienced with the machine on how they cope with the single speed, as well as the lack of a reverse speed.
I've been told to autolyze the flour and water for about 20 minutes before mixing a formula, which will eliminate the need to mix on second speed. Is this the same as the double-hydration mentioned on other threads?
I've found on larger professional mixers (think 30 kilos of dough and up), the reverse speed is very useful to incorporate additional ingredients, such as nuts, dried fruit, etc. Since this feature is not available on the SP-5, what is the best way to add those ingredients? Maybe a little at a time through the lid opening while the machine is running?