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rj

Member since Sep 2009 • Last active Aug 2019

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I've been using the recipes from Flour Water Salt Yeast, and the third picture is the Pain de Campagne recipe which is

    370g white flour
    30g whole wheat flour
    310g water
    10.5g salt
    1g instant yeast
    180g levain (50g old levain, 200g white flour, 50g whole wheat flour, 200g water)

    Which I think comes out as 78% hydration...?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I am about 7 loaves ahead of you in making sourdough so I am by no means a supremo, but here is what I have learnt...

    1. Use rice flour for dusting of the banneton. So far I think the best way is to have rubbed some rice flour in to the basket, chuck the excess out and then dust again from a height through a very fine sieve to get an even coverage.

    2. If you are going to try high hydration dough then get a dough scraper, possibly even two. One which is a metal blade and another plastic one which you can use to scrape dough out of the bowl after the bulk fermentation without knocking the air out of it.

    3. When you shape the dough before putting it in the banneton you will end up with a seam. If you want a natural looking crack on the top, place place the dough seam side down in the banneton, if you want to score it then place the dough seam side up.

    4. I've had better results from going directly from the banneton to the cast iron dish. I've also tried

    5. putting it onto the countertop, but the dough was just too runny to pick up easily

    6. putting it onto grease proof paper, again dough flattened out and I found that the crust after baking felt a little like it had been deef fried rather than baked.

  • in Rides & Races
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    about £40/£50 on food per day, which was almost exclusively eating things on the bike with food from service stations

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I recently moved to somewhere with just me and my girlfriend so now I need a cargo bike to bulk buy toilet roll.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Also in Edinburgh and just seen the thread. Quite looking forward to my first festival in 10 years!

  • in Rides & Races
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    On purely anecdotal speculative evidence... I felt extremely fit coming into the race, during the day I'm not sure how I could have stopped much less, and Ben, Fiona and my sleeps felt largely dictated by lightening storms. We were all pretty much riding at the same pace. I think the 'speed' at which you are able to ride in these races is probably dictated by a combination of fitness, preparation, luck and mental resolve. I have no clues on fitness but the other 3 of those things are not related to sex. Whatever combination she has, it's working well.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I think a mixture of, drenched on Sunday night, rain all day Monday, caught in a storm on Tuesday night and wet this morning from rain and water on the road. Never stopped for long enough to dry out even with everything in hotel hot cupboards

    Sounds like a Craig David song

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yeah, I'm done. Feet have 'disintegrated' for lack of a better explanation.

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    Having never ridden an allnighter it seemed too risky to try this early on in the race.

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