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Measuring Percentage of Rise of Bulk Fermentation

Rosie11's picture
Rosie11

Measuring Percentage of Rise of Bulk Fermentation

Hello - I need some guidance on the timing of the calculation of the rise by marking my proofing container.  I am unsure if I should begin the marking at the time of the first stretch/fold during bulk fermentation - or wait until the end of the stretch/fold period which can be two to three hours later.  I am aiming for a 25% rise at the end of the BF and am concerned about over or under proofing if I calculate it incorrectly.  Thank you! 

barryvabeach's picture
barryvabeach

When you finish mixing is when you need to make the mark.  You can just put it in the container, make the mark, then put it back wherever you normally keep it for stretch and folds.  Then put the bowl on your scale, fill with water to the mark, hit tare, then add 25% more water - that should be your second mark.  

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Rosie11

Thank you barryvabeach - that makes sense.