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First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby guitrman1 » Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:52 am

So I made some mozzarella and some feta. Both are outrageously good. So I want to try making some other types of hard cheeses. Anyone know does hard cheese have to be aged at 55 degrees? Nowhere in my house remains that cool (except the kegarator and such). Also anyone have any good plans for a cheese press? Any ideas on how to measure the force exerted on the cheese? Ok thx for the info
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby MDixon » Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:36 am

Yes, many hard cheeses need to age at 55F or so.

As far as a press, skip the springs, they suck! You'd be much better making one like this and use weights or a 5 gallon bucket with the appropriate amount of water to equal the required weight
http://fiascofarm.com/dairy/cheesepress.html
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby guitrman1 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:41 am

MDixon wrote:Yes, many hard cheeses need to age at 55F or so.

As far as a press, skip the springs, they suck! You'd be much better making one like this and use weights or a 5 gallon bucket with the appropriate amount of water to equal the required weight
http://fiascofarm.com/dairy/cheesepress.html



What about humidity? I would imagine that less humidity is better for aging.....
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby MDixon » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:34 am

The opposite, more humidity. Get a book on Cheesemaking. Rikki Carrol (sp) has a good one and the Tim Smith book on Artisan Cheese is very good. Unfortunately, ALL the books have errors...
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby SMITHENHALS » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:37 am

Any good cheese making web sites? Online stores?
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby landarc » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:15 am

More Cheese? Can it be far away :)
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby Mr. Wonderful » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:02 pm

landarc wrote:More Cheese? Can it be far away :)

:lol: I think Beerbiker was heading up that department .
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby dresselbrew » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:01 am

SMITHENHALS wrote:Any good cheese making web sites? Online stores?

I found these. I still haven't made my first batch yet so I can't say how good or bad the info is on these sites.
http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Ch ... gal_00.htm
http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cheeserecipes.htm
http://schmidling.com/cres.htm
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby rixport » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:28 am

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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby BeerPal » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:31 am

rixport wrote:http://www.webecheese.com

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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby Monster Mash » Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:05 am

My LHBS is called the Home Wine, Beer and Cheesemaking Shop. They carry everything for making cheese. My wife tried it once and I was afraid to try it....
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Re: First Cheese making attempt with great results

Postby Dmac08 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:23 am

Monster Mash wrote:My LHBS is called the Home Wine, Beer and Cheesemaking Shop. They carry everything for making cheese. My wife tried it once and I was afraid to try it....


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