I didn’t want to take Craig’s thread about Fresh Yeast at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,16775.0.html too far off-topic, so I am starting this thread. Chau mentioned at Reply 19 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,16775.msg164473.html#msg164473 that he thought a starter could be made out of cake yeast. I have no doubts about what Chau posted.
I am trying to start a starter with frozen Red Star cake yeast, KASL, water, and molasses. Last evening I mixed 20 grams of KASL, 20 grams of spring water, 2 grams of Red Star cake yeast, and 2 grams of molasses. So far this is how my experiment looks early this morning. I have no idea how if this starter will take off or if it would be potent enough to use as a starter. What I want to see if the cake yeast flavor would contribute anything to the final pizza dough flavor.
It has been posted many times on the forum that cake yeast, IDY, and ADY are interchangeable, but I am more an experimenter, so I have to see for myself. I have posted I thought that Red Star cake yeast when mixed with water does smell like sourdough.
This is the link of the process of making the cake yeast and molasses starter, if anyone is interested.
The finished 5 loaves of Amish bread for Christmas. Everyone really liked the homemade Amish bread.
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Adventure in Pizza Making
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