Strong anecdotal evidence and what I have learned
December 2022 - The last bakes from my tiny Manhattan NYC kitchen.
While this observation is not probabilistic in the least, the strong anecdotal evidence unequivocally points to the plain fact, an empty refrigerator will run warmer at the same setting than a moderately full refrigerator. Below is a short list of other peripheral observations this refrigeration epiphany led to.
1. Lean bread formulas have a wide range in the degree of fermentation that will still allow for better than decent bread, very good bread even.
2. Bread baking is a science, plain and simple. Denying this fact and prescribing instead too the "seat of your pants" method will always lead to fails that can and should be avoided.
3. Knowing as much as possible about the characteristics of ambient conditions is indispensable.
4. Baking and playing on the internet are great distractions for my mind. Smile...
Cold retarded, commercial yeast-leavened baguettes bake #3
After shaving off half of the expected cold retard of 12 hrs. to 6 hrs. this set of 5 baguettes is still over full proof. The retardation temperature was observed to be 46 degrees F. Dropping the setting one position from two snowflakes to three achieved the magic number 35 degrees F. Under normal usage, the two snowflake setting was more than sufficient.