Feb 3, 2021 – Abe’s VSSD, take 2

Feb 3, 2021 – Abe’s VSSD, take 2

Feb 3, 2021 – Abe’s VSSD, take 2

I decided to start this during the day this time, so I could watch it and better understand the bulk proof. That allowed taking photos of the whole process.  It was a little warmer here than usual yesterday, about 4-5 degrees F warmer than the overnight room temperature than the last time.

Dough info:

Freshly milled hard red winter wheat 150 gm

Freshly milled hard white spring wheat 150 gm

KAF bread flour 200 gm

Water 340 gm (freshly milled flour tends to be thirsty, I went by feel)

Salt 9 gm

Stiff starter 15 gm

After Abe’s great advice, I fed the stiff starter and got it going well a couple of days before using it. This is definitely more vigorous than the last time. 

Dough after kneading. Dough temp 79F, room temp 69F:

After ~ 4 hours:

After ~ 8 hours:

At the 11 hour mark, there was no discernable change. We are early risers and bed time was approaching faster than bulk was moving, so I put it into my makeshift proofing box (microwave with the lights on keeps it between 82-86F). 

After ~ 13 hours total:

Shaped and into the banetton, then into the fridge as we headed to bed.

Banetton came out of the fridge early this morning, and went back into my “proofing box” for about 4 hours. I checked it often, and when the poke test showed it was nearly ready, I preheated the oven and DO.

Scored and ready to go.

I had floured the banetton well last night, then sprinkled in some bran (had been playing with a new sieve) for a little decoration. Most of it stayed in the banetton, will see if what made it onto the loaf even shows after baking.

Spritzed with a little water, then baked at 470F with the lid on 25 min, lid off at 450 another 15 min. Internal temp 209 F. 

Cooling. All my DO bakes at these higher temps ,(internal oven temp verified, not going by what the oven settings say) have overcooked the bottom. I have been trying various cookie sheets etc. on the shelf below, which helps some. Parchment paper and cornmeal too. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 


First impression – a little flatter than last time, will see what the crumb shows. It may be a tad overproofed. Crumb shot tomorrow. I’m predicting it may show some over proofing, guess time will tell…..