I would like to measure the pH value of dough with a pH-Meter, to ensure a pH value of 4.1 (max). Because of the high viscosity I would thin down the dough with demineralized water for two reasons:
- I expect more accurate measurements
- This reduces pollution of the measurement device.
As far as I understand this will affect the measured value, so I would thin down the dough in a defined ratio of 1:10.
Is it correct that the thinning with demineralized water changes the pH value?
The ratio 1:10 should cause an offset of 1 in ph value, right? In which direction? Do I have to add 1.0 to or subtract 1 from the measurement to estimate the real value?
As it seems to be important: We are talking about weak acids produced by fermentation of rye flour (or wheat flour) using sourdough (lactose bacteria + yeast). Some samplings are taken during the fermentation process to check that the pH value is low enough (value of 4.1 or lower). I'm less interested in the -details- of the theoretical background, more in a practical solution for the issue. The actual real value isn't that important (I need to check, if the pH limit is reached), but it would be interesting how to measure it as there might be future experiments where the value matters...
The use of additional chemicals except (demineralized) water should be avoided for simplicity. Of course the use of tab water would be preferable, but I guess this becomes more complicated because of unknown water hardness and varying ion concentrations.