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Dense and Gummy Crumb

swedishflish's picture

Dense and Gummy Crumb

So this is my loaf at a 65% hydration. 
My levain is:

20g starter

60g whole wheat

60g water

and I let that sit for 10 hours

My dough recipe is:

500g bread flour

325g water

125g starter

11g salt

I autolysed for two hours then added in my starter and incorporated it. I then let it rest for 30 minutes. Then I added in the salt and vigorously slapped and folded it for a good 5 minutes. I let that ferment in a diy "proof box" with a temperature of 90F for 30 minutes and performed a total of 4 stretch and folds every 30 minutes. I then laminated the dough and let it rest for another 30 minutes. I then did 2 coil folds every 30 minutes. I then let it sit for 1.5 hours. Then I preshaped it and let it sit for 30 minutes and then final shaped it and let it ferment in the fridge for about 12 hours. The total bulk fermentation was 6 hours. I preheated my dutch oven at 475F for an hour and steamed it for 30 minutes. I then removed the lid and lowered the temperature to 450F and let it get some colour. I'm not really satisfied with the oven spring or the texture of the crumb. It is quite wet and gummy. How would I fix this problem?

dbazuin's picture

I guess after  6 our bulk fermentation on 90° with this amount of preferment is to long. When it goes in the oven there is no more food for the yeast.

About gummy did you let it cool long enough before you cute in it?
if you cute to soon you disturbed the inner cooking process of the bread. 

swedishflish's picture

I sliced it about 2 hours after the bake. But I tried doing the float test with a small piece of dough and it didn't float.

dbazuin's picture

The float test is for the starter/levain not the dough. 
And even for that it is not full proof. 

A levain made of 100% white flour and a 100% hydration is to liquid to float. 


sadexpunk's picture

i too have been baffled by my starters floating qualities....... my rye starter has never floated, yet my 100% white 100% hydration did float the other day.  

dbazuin's picture

I guess it got a very small threshold where it float. 
Once you worked with it a few weeks you can better eyball it. 

I made a 100% hydrated white flour levain yesterday evening ratio 1:5:5. It was declaining already when started using it this morning and it was very liquidity. 
But nevertheless it did a perfect job in rising my dough.