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Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.

To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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    I've been making a series of loaves where I do the final proofing in a banneton, turn out the dough, slash and bake. The previous tips have all helped and I'm getting more consistent.

    One thing that seems to change for loaf to loaf is the crust. It's consistently crunchy and crusty, which is good -- but it can really change from bake to bake. Last night, I made a seriously crustly loaf and I want to replicate that more consistently.

    My question is what are the factors that determine the texture and thickness of the crust? Temperature, baking time, dough, etc.

    Is there a way of describing, or analyzing how the crust sets and forms, so that you can control it better?

    Last edited by james; 05-25-2007, 01:08 AM.
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    Re: The Crust


    Back up and running at last, but today is a bake day, so little time. Crust thickness has to do with several things, but if we leave the actual formula out of the equation for a moment, we can look at three things: temperature on the hearth, steam and baking time. For a thicker crust, it's best to bake at a lower temperature for longer. Also, if you vent the steam as soon as the loaves show color, they will finish in a drying environment and produce a crunchier crust.

    Having said that, however, the formula also affects crust. A loaf with some percentage of, say, AP flour or Durham flour, will result in a thinner, crackly crust. The more whole grain the flour is, the more substantial the crust.

    How dat?

    "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827


    • #3
      Re: The Crust

      Ahhhh. I see.

      Lower, longer, drier give you a crunchier crust. That would explain last night.

      Thanks again Jim. This is very, very helpful.
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