Science of Bread Production


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April 4, 2018

by Dr. Lin Carson and Aaron Clanton

BAKERpedia and AIB International are partnering to put on an intense technical training on bread. Learn all you need to know about the science of commercial bread production in this exclusive, one-day course. We’ll cover all you need to know to effectively run a high-speed bread line, as well as troubleshoot common problems.

Time is precious, so we’ve packed this session so full of class and lab work that we’ll work through lunch so we don’t miss a thing. Whether you’re a foreman or QA supervisor, this course will arm you with the technical skills you need to be ready for the day-to-day challenges you face in your position.

0.8 CEUs will be awarded upon course completion.

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Who should attend?

  • Production Line Leads/Supervisors/Forman
  • QA Supervisors/Managers
  • Technical Support Personnel
  • Research & Development Personnel
  • Anyone problem solving with fermented dough on a high speed line

Course Schedule

I. 9-10 a.m. Fundamentals of Ingredients

  • Discuss the importance of flour and gluten
  • Understand the role of water and water absorption
  • What are the other functional ingredients?
    • Salt
    • Yeast
    • Dough conditioners
    • Mold Inhibitors
    • Sweeteners
    • Whole grains/other flours
  • Why are minor ingredients important?
    • Malt
    • Milk
    • Whey
    • Buttermilk
    • Flavors
    • Colors

II. 10-11 a.m. Fermentation Process

  • Understand the different fermentation systems
  • Sponge
  • Biga
  • Poolish
  • Sourdough
  • Flour Brew
  • Water Brew
  • How to monitor your fermentation proccess
    • pH
    • TTA
  • Lab – create a sponge, flour brew, and water brew and monitor for pH/TTA

III. 11-12 p.m. Mixing Process

  • How to determine water absorption
    • COAs
    • Farinograph
  • What is gluten hydration and gluten development?
  • Are the hydration of other ingredients important?
  • Lab: Mix a straight dough vs sponge. See the difference in mixing time and temperature

IV. 12-12:30 p.m. Intermediary Processes

  • The importance of dough conditioners and proper mixing/hydration
  • Dough conveying, dough pumps, dough dumps
  • Intermediate proofer
  • Sheeter/molder
  • Water scoring/toppings
  • Lab: Scaling, dividing, rounding, sheeting, molding, topping treatments

12:30-1  p.m. Working Lunch

V. 1-1:30 p.m. Final Proof

  • What does temperature and relative humidity (RH) do?
  • Importance of the right temperature and RH combination
  • Monitoring your proofing process
  • Lab: Final proof

VI. 1:30-2 p.m. Baking

  • Difference between direct and indirect fired ovens.
  • Function of baking pans
  • Understanding the S curve on your thermal profile
  • Understand zone manipulations
  • How to stop oven spring
  • How to delay staling
  • How to manipulate the color
  • Lab: Study the thermal profile of bread baking in the oven

VII. 2-2:30 p.m. Cooling

  • The function of cooling bread
  • Structure
  • Slicing
  • Mold
  • Slicing requirements
  • Packaging requirements
  • Lab: Slice and package bread of different internal temperatures.

VIII. 2:30-3 p.m. Quality

  • How to create a score card.
  • How to quantify texture and color.

IX. 3-4 p.m. Q&A

  • When Farinograph parameters look unusual
  • Common pan bread issues
  • Common bun and roll issues
  • Other common problems like mottled skin, blisters, white corners, sloped crowns.


Dr. Lin Carson, BAKERpedia

Dr. Lin Carson

Dr. Lin Carson

The inability to get technical problems solved on the internet has led Dr. Lin Carson, CEO of BAKERpedia, to her goal of building the world’s biggest baking encyclopedia. Dr. Carson is a bakery expert-in-residence blogger for the Food Process Suppliers Association, and a regular speaker and contributing member of the American Society of Baking.

A graduate of Kansas State University and Ohio State University, Dr. Carson has over 20 years in the baking and food industry, building technical service teams and programs. With past experiences at Wendy’s Int’l and Dave’s Killer Bread, Dr. Carson is now helping commercial bakers across the world streamline their quality processes to minimize waste and increase efficiencies. The Academy, which conducts the Science of Bread Production, is a hands-on learning experience at BAKERpedia, for everyone associated with the baking industry.


Aaron Clanton

Aaron Clanton

Aaron Clanton is the Director of BFTS Innovation for AIB International. Clanton joined AIB in 2006. Clanton has taught in all aspects of the AIB’s baking curriculum including bread production, cake and sweet goods production, operations, and the science of baking with a solid understanding of ingredient functionality and bakery processes. He has worked in the food industry for over 20 years at several major companies including the Kellogg Company, maker of ready-to-eat breakfast cereal and many other bakery items, as well as Interstate Brands Corporation (IBC), the maker of Wonder Bread and Hostess  snack cakes. As a senior food technologist at IBC, Clanton was responsible for developing over 25 new bread and roll products that were introduced to the US market.

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