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My wheat bread doesn't rise enough

MCS Gal's picture
MCS Gal

My wheat bread doesn't rise enough

I have been grinding my wheat and baking wheat bread for years. My last two batches just didn't seem to rise like they should. I have tested my yeast - it is okay. I thought the first batch wasn't good because my flour was cold. I recently opened a new bag of wheat (I used hard white wheat). Could the wheat be the problem? If so, is there anything I can do about it?

Frequent Flyer's picture
Frequent Flyer

....variations in bags of wheat berries. My last bag (50 lb bag) produced doughs that seemed much more extendable than previous batches.

As far a what to do...try to get some information from the supplier.  two batches can be a small sample depending on what a batch is.

Lastly, you could try adding vital gluten, although I've not seen much difference in using it.

FF

MCS Gal's picture
MCS Gal

You have confirmed what I thought. I may try another batch but I think what I'll do is use this wheat in other recipes and get a new bag for bread.