Questions about whole wheat
So I woke up pretty ambitious this morning. I haven't baked for a few days, giving my mind a break from all the number crunching I had been foolishly attempting. I have two working starters, BF and Rye (both from New Zealand). Yesterday I bought WW (Robin Hood Best for Bread) and non-wheat Rolled Oats (Bob's), to further my attempt to make a more healthy (for me) bread. I decided that this morning I would turn my 2 starters into 4;
WW, WW+BF, Rye, and Rye+WW.
So, starting with the very small amounts of starter I had kept, I turned my pure BF starter into WW and WW+BF (I don't need a pure BF anymore, I've decided that.) I created the Rye+WW, and fed the Rye.
All doubled in 2 hours, I was very happy.
So my new approach now is to take my starter, turn it into some amount of levain (usually ~160g or a little more), fermenting it along the way. I took the starters, did 3 feeds 2 hours apart. All the time they're sitting in my smoker at 92F (please, let's not discuss that whole LAB thing again, I tried it before, I like the results, I'm doing it again end of story...;-])
Ok, so at each 2 hour interval, I check the starters. If they have at least doubled, I do the next feed. As I said, all doubled 2 hours after the initial feeding. So I fed them again. At 4 hours, all but the Rye+WW has doubled.
So, I leave the Rye+WW in the smoker with no extra food. I feed everything else again. At 6 hours, all have doubled again, but the Rye+WW is still like only 50% increased.
So, the Rye pure went back into the fridge for storage (wasn't going to make anything with it today), I split the WW and BF+WW levains in two and put half into the fridge to retard (together with an autolyse dough ball for each) till the morning. The other half I've turned into Ciabatta dough which is now waiting to triple rise in the microwave (put in a small bowl of water, on high for 2 mins, then put the levain in, makes it like 72+ np for an hour). Lots going on.
Bottom line, any idea why the Rye+WW might not have doubled? It doubled in the first 2 hours, but not after the second feeding...???