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Doves Farm originaly dry yeast (not the quick one), is activation necessary?

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Lauridsen

Doves Farm originaly dry yeast (not the quick one), is activation necessary?

I normally use Doves Farm Quick yeast, but the last time I ordered from them, I also bought a tin of their Original Dry Yeast. It says on the tin, that you have to activate it (add it to some water and sugar). I have never done this before, with either fresh yeast, or dried yeast of other brands. Is it really necessary, or will the fermentation just take a bit longer to start, if I skip the activation step?

Henrik

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Postal Grunt

The myth of the necessity of sugar during the hydration of active dry yeast has been around for a long time. Most of the time, I just spread (disperse)   ADY over the surface of the water and wait for about ten minutes. As long as the water is warm enough, 85-105F, it will take on a cloudy appearance which indicates that it has "bloomed" and is active.

On the other hand, there are bakers here on TFL that advocate adding the ADY into the flour as you would do with instant dry yeast. If the yeast is from a reliable source and manufactured recently, it will work out. The ADY may not be as fast as IDY in this situation but unless speed is paramount, that shouldn't be a problem.

Jim

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Lauridsen

Thanks, then I will try using it without making a starter. My yeast based doughs are normally of the slow/long raising kind anyway :-)