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How long is too long for a preferment?

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kristaleebee

How long is too long for a preferment?

Hi friends, 

I was wondering how long is too long to preferment a sponge for a loaf? My recipe recommends 12-14 hours, but I let it go for 24? Could this ruin my loaf? Thanks!

Krista

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Danni3ll3

At this point, you have nothing to lose so go ahead and finish it. 

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suave

If it's overfermented to a point where it has completely collapsed and lost structure, yes, of course.

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Mini Oven

and the size of the preferment and temperatures involved.  If a large portion of the dough is prefermented and overfermented it will definitely affect the dough.  Temperature should also be considered.  A cold preferment might be fine.