The final results! I’m testing coarse-milled vs. triple-milled coarse to fine vs. fine-milled. Does it make a difference?
The reason for this experiment was explained in the prior post, but here are the test case descriptions again:
#1 (orange) Coarse milled flour with one pass
#2 (yellow) Triple-milled flour, coarse to fine, with progressive finer settings each pass
#3 (pink) Fine milled flour with one pass
After baking, there were only minimal differences in the appearance of the three loaves. The volume and oven spring were practically the same. (#3-pink is a bit darker since it baked faster than I expected; the color difference was therefore due to operator error and not the bread’s fault!)
Despite the similarities in appearance, there WAS a noticeable difference in the CRUMB TEXTURE between the loaves. The crumb of the coarse-milled loaf (#1-orange) was a bit dryer and less tender than the finer-milled #2 and #3. There was no difference between #2 and #3, however.
My conclusion is that it’s the ending fineness of the flour that makes the biggest difference in the qualities of the resulting loaf. In my experiments (with Red Fife), the milling process used to get there (one pass, multiple passes, start coarse, start fine, etc.) did NOT make a significant difference. We do not have direct control over the starch damage incurred during milling, but if the different milling processes I tested had any affect, it was not detectable amidst all the other variables that influence results in a home baking environment. .
So, when working with whole grains (with no sifting), mill once, mill fine, bake and enjoy! Credit to @wholegrainsurfer (Andrew Ross), @ceorbread (Guy Frenkel) and Paul Lebeau with @wolfgangsmockmill for valuable advice and inspiration for my crazy experiments! Now, folks, go forth and bake!!
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