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"Bread Buddy" Dough Calculator

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The Scientific Baker

"Bread Buddy" Dough Calculator

I wrote a simple bread dough calculator web page that you can use on your phone or tablet. It can solve for flour weight, water weight, total weight and hydration with or without a starter/preferment.

Bread Buddy

 

I use it almost every time I bake, so I thought I'd share. https://kallanreed.github.io/bread-buddy/index.html

In the picture I have 150g of 100% preferment and want to figure out how much flour and water I need to make a 450g loaf at 76% hydration. Select "Flour and Water" from the drop down, fill in the fields and click solve.

On iOS you can add it to your home screen and it looks just like a normal app.

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markgo

It looks really clean and works perfectly! Are those custom icons? They're adorable. 

I see myself using this occasionally - when I don't have immediate access to my spreadsheet. I've bookmarked it 

One thing I would recommend is maybe putting the dropdown up top - I feel that it works better with the general flow of thought (at least for me).

Overall,  well done! 

 

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The Scientific Baker

The icons are custom - I'm certainly no graphic designer though. I moved the controls to the top, I agree that it helps with the flow. Buttons on the bottom might be better, but I want it to fit in one screen height so I kept them with the drop down.

Hope it's helpful.

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markgo

I think it's an improvement. 

Oh -- what about salt?

Haha... typical of me to forget about the salt. 

I hate when I forget the salt, it makes me want to apologize to everyone who worked hard to produce that flour that I just wasted. 

 

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_vk

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

I'd love to be able to split the flours. Like x% WholeWheat, y% BreadFlour and z% Spelt = TotalFlour. 

I also think salt is a must ;)

Very well done.

Thanks

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The Scientific Baker

The problem with salt is that it's recipe specific so then the UI starts getting even more complex. I could compromise and just show 2% of total flour, but that still could be wrong.

Maybe I'll get time to add an advanced section that is hidden by default.

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Richard C

"On iOS you can add it to your home screen and it looks just like a normal app" - and on Android too.  Thanks a lot.

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Kathi Tagliamonte

I love this tool's ability to figure out hydration with a pre-ferment.

If you go back to playing with it, I would find it useful to have whole wheat or rye

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The Scientific Baker

Solving for flour weight with a target hydration given a preferment was exactly why I wrote it. I still want to be able to solve preferment as a percentage of total flour, just need more free time.

What do you mean by having whole wheat or rye?

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markgo

I've used Bread Buddy several times now.  It's really handy. Thanks again! :)

Do you mind if I ask you a few questions about programming, as well as some general questions about how to get started as a Software Developer?

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markgo

It's now 9 October 2018, and I'm still using your app. So handy. 

I use it mainly for solving for how much water I need for a given flour and starter amount. 

SCIENTIFIC! Thanks, buddy! 

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markgo

03 MAY 2020 -- Still using it, and recommending to a friend or two. At this point, I feel like I should donate some fees.