Question regarding Mixing Hamelman 3 Stage 70% Rye by Hand
I am making Hamelman's 3 stage 70% sourdough rye and am on the final sourdough stage now. Pretty soon I am supposed to mix in a large portion of flour and water.
Hamelman calls for a spiral mixer, which I don't have -- not even a stand mixer. He says to mix it on the lowest setting for 4 minutes and 1 1/2 minutes on the next speed up.
Can't I just use my hands to mix it in, and if so should I do it over a period of 5 minutes? I guess I need to try to be really gentle with due to the sharp edges of the rye bran.
Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks.