The water meter is a critical tool for bakers, as it delivers water at a precise temperature throughout the entire dousing. This keeps the yeast in the dough at an optimal temperature and helps to create a consistent taste and texture.
However, there are a few external factors which will influence how your water meter functions, and understanding those will help you utilize your water meter to the fullest! In today’s blog post we are going to cover these, and what you can to to mitigate them!
1: Make sure the water system has a consistent pressure and temperature.
If the water system can not provide water at a consistent temperature and pressure, then even with their temperature compensating capabilities, a water meter will provide you with less accurate results. Depending on your water system, using pressure or hot/cold water on one faucet can reduce pressure or change temperature in others. Having a constant pressure water system, a good pressure tank, and a reliable water heater will help your water meter give you the best results in terms of volume and consistency.
2: Calibrate it every 2 weeks.
The temperature of tap water changes with the seasons, and can vary in temperature more than 10 degrees, even on the exact same setting. Because of this it is important to calibrate the water meter frequently to keep up its accuracy. (Video Link Tutorial Coming Soon)
3: Install a water chiller
A water chiller will allow your metering system to always have a supply of cold water ready when the tap just can’t go low enough. Colder waters allow for longer mixing times, tighter denser gluten chains, and slower development. This adds to the flavor and texture of certain dough like pizza or even tempura batter! Depending on what your intentions are, a water chiller can help you gain more control over your mixing process, and give you more baking options.
Though all Dough Tech equipment is designed to be user friendly and intuitive, mistakes can happen, and we are here to help. If you ever need assistance with your water meter, or If you need help deciding If a water meter is right for you, give us a call at 1-800-896-3706.