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Beer Bread revisited
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:19:19 PM »
I'm back to making bread consistently. Once or twice a week. But I'm also quite lazy so making a poolish is by far too much trouble. All I'm doing now is substituting homebrew for the liquid component.

Voila! Real bread without the hassle.

Been using JC's french bread recipe but doing it loaf-style:



This evening it'll be french butter, cheddar and chorizo. In the am peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Tomorrow evening grilled cheese. The next day bruschetta for dunking in soup. Croutons the next etc...

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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 04:27:10 PM »
Nice. Enjoy the soup weather while you can.
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 07:47:29 AM »
very nice. now work some spent grain in there and really make the yeasties happy.

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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 03:37:59 PM »
I've been using a small convection toaster oven to bake my breads in. Placed a thick unglazed tile on the lowest rack and one on the highest rack. That way I don't have to fire up the main oven and so bake instead in the garage or outside even. Wanting fresh bread or a baked potato in the middle of summer promotes rethinking of techniques...

The beer is instant flavor for the bread. With sufficient yeast a starter isn't necessary. So why go that route unless it is to develop flavor, which is what a poolish basically does besides develop gluten and grow yeast. Pretty much making beer at that point anyway.
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 07:08:13 AM »
I baked a couple loaves this morning. Good idea about the connection oven. I hate turning the oven on in the summer.



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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 02:42:15 PM »
Wow! And a classic score as well!

What beer did you use?
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2014, 07:21:04 AM »
Berliner Weisse. The recipe is in zymurgy this month. I've been trying to get those slashes looking better and these are two of the prettiest loaves yet. There was a third loaf that looks like it was shaped by the special kid. We don't talk about it. ;)

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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2014, 06:40:27 PM »
I baked a couple loaves this morning. Good idea about the connection oven. I hate turning the oven on in the summer.



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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2014, 06:47:37 PM »

Are the concentric circles from proofing in banatons?
Yes they are.
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2014, 09:36:38 AM »

Are the concentric circles from proofing in banatons?
Yes they are.

Looks awesome Jimmy!
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 09:36:37 AM »
Check out Jimmy's beer bread article in the new Zymurgy magazine.

Congrats Jimmy!!!
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2014, 10:34:01 AM »
Looking forward to it.

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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2014, 12:19:12 PM »
I guess we can check 'Make cover of Zymurgy' off our list now.

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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2014, 12:37:08 PM »
I've made some spent grain bread, but nothing approaching how that looks!  I look forward to reading your article.
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Re: Beer Bread revisited
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2014, 09:36:20 AM »
I guess we can check 'Make cover of Zymurgy' off our list now.

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Yes sir!!!

Sorry for the thread hijack Euge...but great recipes by Jimmy and Lori in Zymurgy. Check them out when you can. I love old world crusty breads!
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