Room temperature for Pizza Bible poolish recipe

The Pizza Bible mentions that poolish should be left at room temperature for 18 hours. What temperature is considered room temperature? Thank you.

Simona Buttini
posted about 5 years ago

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Around 68 degrees F or 20 degree C

Tony Gemignani admin
posted about 5 years ago

You can leave it out longer. Sooner or later the starter will or could die. I do like my starter on the slightly more acidic side and a little sour almost like vinegar. You will achieve this as your starter gets older, is more wet, left out for a longer period of time and/or in warmer conditions. You can of course slow it down by putting it in a refrigerator and feeding it every 5-7 days or keep feeding it and keeping it alive at room temperature minusing and adding equal parts flour and water when you refresh or use. This process takes some time to learn and the PH should be watched. We have 5 starters at Tonys Pizza Napoletana and are constantly taking care of them like

- Tony   about 5 years ago

Thank you! Also can I leave it for more than 18 hours like 24 hours? Or should I refrigerate at 18 if I cannot use?

Simona Buttini
posted about 5 years ago

It was always my understanding that room temperature is typically around 65-72 F or 18-23 C.

Tory Glenn
posted almost 4 years ago

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