Mystery: New WG Spelt needs more AND less water.
I recently changed my usual wholegrain farro spelta flour to another brand.
I've been using it, 100%, in two different breads.
Bread number 1 has no autolyse and is flour, salt, honey, water and a starter.
Bread number 2 has an hour-long autolyse (which includes flour, water and honey, no salt) and is flour salt, honey, water and a starter too (but in different proportions to bread number 1).
I am getting strange results.
With this new flour, bread number 1 is less sticky than normal. Instead of sticking to my hands initially and needing 5/6 mins of working to get to a good consistency, it is non-sticky from the beginning and ends up a much less hydrated bread.
With this new flour, bread number 2 (the one with the autolyse) is MORE sticky than normal when I bring it all together, to the point where it is unworkable.
How can the same new flour, used in recipes kept exactly the same as previously need more water in bread 1 and less water in bread 2?
Does the autolyse really make that much difference? It is the only thing I can think of!
A few more details: 1- This new flour feels much more grainy than my previous supply - more like a hard wheat would, and 2 - This new flour is so much less extensible. I used to be able to stretch my old dough good and long but this flour breaks into a spider's web when I try to stretch.
Is the protein content (which I don't know and cannot access) making a difference too?
Many thanks for any insight.