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Old 11-15-2011, 05:07 PM   #11
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OK Parm is FINALLY going . . . I really need to get rid of some of the extracurricular activities . . .

process is fairly easy needed to buy a whisk though cuz I wasnt going to try and cut 1/4" curds (did 3 laps of whisk in and out around the edge and then in the mid). Got it in the first press now waiting to flip it and then get the 2nd press going . . . .

will probably have to get up in the middle of the night to get it in the brine, BUT with my gaming/work history and waking up for fleet returns/mob spawns and 911 calls in the middle of the night that shouldnt be a issue . . .

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new mold and follower working great, may sand the edges of the follower down a touch, kinda a bit tight with cheesecloth is added to the mix . . .

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2nd press going 10lbs for 30 minutes
Yeah follower is gonna get probably 1/4" of it's diameter shaved off

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:34 PM   #12
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Nice work. Pics need to happen.

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Old 11-16-2011, 01:04 PM   #13
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got up at 0300 to throw it in the brine, has about an hour to go b4 I throw it on the cheese shelf in the basement . . .
FYI dont let your brine sit in the pan you make it in. I used sea salt and must have had some scratches in my kettle cuz it started to rust . . . had to dump it and make a new batch and put that into a plastic bowl

oh and yeah the follower needs to be trimmed, it swells and is definetly too tight once it absorbs a bit of whey (but GD the maple wood looks nice )

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Brand new baby Parmesan on the left, cheddar getting stinky on the right and my can o' cheese wax in the back
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Very cool! I want to get into making cheese, but I just don't have a good space for aging. Trying to figure out a good way to do it without converting another fridge/freezer.

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this time of year the basement seems to be about in the right area, I may build a encloser for the shelf for the summer since I have about 20 2 litter bottles for ice anyway

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Ideally my next house will have a basement, but even the ground temps here in AZ get pretty warm in the summer. I'll just have to keep my eye on CL for a free cooling device and pick up another ebay aquarium temp controller.

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Old 11-16-2011, 05:30 PM   #18
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Hey that looks great. Well done.

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