This was supposed to be a 36 hour sourdough but I got stuck in my favorite airport O’Hare for about 4 hours longer than expected and didn’t get home until 1:30 AM. Due to the extra hours in the refrigerator and the blueberry beer I used this one ended up real sour.
I wanted to make a mostly whole grain bread and this one came in at around 72%. I used freshly ground flour for the levain and for the main dough I added some First Clear for some gluten strength and Durum because it’s one of my favorite flours.
I added some maple flavored balsamic vinegar to add some sweetness without using sugar.
I wanted to up the hydration on this one and it came in at almost 80% but due to the long retardation and high percentage of whole wheat flours the dough handled easily.
Starter Build 1
Mix ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for around 8 hours. The starter should almost double when ready to proceed. You can store it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days until ready to use.
Mix the flours and the beer and 66 grams of the water together in your mixer or by hand until it just starts to come together, maybe about 1 minute. Put the dough in a slightly covered oiled bowl and put in the refrigerator for 12 hours. I ended up leaving it in the refrigerator for over 24 hours.
The next day add your starter and salt to the dough and mix by hand until it is thoroughly mixed and evenly distributed. Next add the vinegar and the balance 54 grams of water. Due to the high water content in the 100% hydration starter this dough is very easy to mix by hand and is very silky and smooth.
Bulk rise at room temperature for 2-3 hours until it grows around 1/3 in volume doing stretch and folds every half hour until it has developed the correct amount of strength.
Put the dough back into the refrigerator for around 20-30 hours. I ended up letting it go around 24 hours.
The next day take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it rise at room temperature for around 2 hours or until the dough has almost doubled from the night before.
Next, shape as desired and place in your baskets if using them. Make sure you use enough rice flour with flour in your bowl/basket to prevent this moist dough from sticking.
Cover the dough with a moist towel and let sit at room temperature for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Score as desired and prepare your oven for baking with steam.
Set your oven for 500 degrees F. at least 45 minutes before ready to bake. When ready to bake place the loaves into your on your oven stone with steam and lower the temperature immediately to 450 degrees. When the loaf is nice and brown and reached an internal temperature of 200 degrees F. you can remove it from the oven.
Let the loaves cool down for at least an 3 hours or so before eating as desired.
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