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Old 11-01-2011, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Emergency Help w/Farmhouse Cheddar

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I'm trying to make a farmhouse chedder with a 1 gallon of local milk.

I added 1/4 tsp of CaCl2 and warmed to 93 (overshot)

Then I added a cup of buttermilk that had been sitting on my very warm counter all afternoon (6 hours). It stunk like sour milk and was super thick, but not quite yogurt consistency. Also it said homogenized on the package but not pasteurized.

At 45 minutes, I don't really have much sign of curd. Am I supposed to at this point, or does it not show up until I add the rennet?

Should I tinker and add a 1/4 tsp of Citric Acid to get things moving along?

I realize my temp, age of buttermilk, and probably five other things aren't quite right.

Sheesh... As lucky as I've been with beer, I suck at cheese.

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:30 AM   #3
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Whew... Yooper is here everybody! Things are going to be ok, now.

The recipe I'm using says don't add rennet until the second hour, but I was thinking curds should be here by now.

It's starting to get a little chunky. I'm going to give it 1 1/4 hours before adding the rennet instead of 45 minutes and we'll see.

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:39 AM   #4
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So the homebrewer in me is reacting to these problems.

Problem:
Buttermilk isn't thick as yogurt, maybe not viable enough.

Homebrewer Solution:
Well if your yeast (bacteria culture) is weak viability overcompensate on the pitch rate and put triple the culture in.

Problem:
Curds aren't forming, indicating that ph may still be too high.

Homebrewer Solution:
Well if your missing your gravity (ph), then just add some DME (citric acid) to compensate.

Not sure if I should listen to the homebrewer or not.

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:44 AM   #5
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Hahaha. No, you don't have to listen to the homebrewer!

I've never done it with buttermilk, but the idea is to add the culture so that the pH is correct (from the culture growing) so that the rennet will form curds. so don't worry- you shouldn't have curds yet, just a slightly sour (taste it if you want) milk.

I've only used powdered mesophilic and thermophillic cultures. But I know buttermilk and yogurt are often used- they just take longer! Patience, grasshopper!

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:52 AM   #6
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Alrighty, when both Yooper and SWMBO both tell me to not mess with it, who am I a lowly mortal to disagree.

After 1 1/4 hours of cultured milk at 90 degrees, we're adding the rennet.

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Rennet added. The Farmhouse Chedder Crisis of '11 will continue in an hour and change when it's time for something to happen.

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More proof that you should never argue with the Yooper/SWMBO combo, our curds formed up just fine.


This is our setup.


The curds post cutting by a few minutes.

After an hour we'll strain and drain.

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FYI for the future... You, in fact, don't want to see curds before you add the rennet -- it means you are too acidic. This will prevent a clean break once you add the rennet!

Looks like you did great this round. I regularly use buttermilk, especially for queso fresco-like cheeses.

Are you doing a cheddaring process, and are you going to be aging this?

I have had horrible luck with cheddars... let us know how it turns out! Looking good so far.

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More proof that you should never argue with the Yooper/SWMBO combo, our curds formed up just fine.


After an hour we'll strain and drain.
It looks great! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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