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Old 05-11-2009, 01:27 AM   #11
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I used star-san... I sprayed my whole kitchen down... of course, with my mozz, it went from a gallon of mile to our bellies in less than 4 hours, so I dont think sainitation was at the top of the worries...

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Old 05-11-2009, 01:30 AM   #12
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I used star-san... I sprayed my whole kitchen down... of course, with my mozz, it went from a gallon of mile to our bellies in less than 4 hours, so I dont think sainitation was at the top of the worries...
And....for any cheese aged 60 days, you don't even need to used pasteurized milk. But I still sanitize all my cheesemaking stuff, just like for beer. If you're eating the cheese in 45 minutes, though, I guess sanitizing is overkill!

My next project will be goat cheese Havarti, I think. I like to mix up soft cheeses with hard cheeses- as to keep that pipeline going!
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Well, just be aware that it's like beermaking. You think you "just need some citric acid and some rennet" and pretty soon you're buying a cheese cave. I'm just saying.

Actually, I saw a book at the library that used Dannon yogurt for many cultures, and had many soft cheeses that didn't even use rennet.

I like Leener's website- they have the kits you can purchase, all the ingredients, but also all of the recipes, so you can see how involved each recipe is before you commit to it.

I'll try to take pictures next time. We have a homemade cheese press (it's hysterically funny- old boards and some dowels, with kitty litter and bags of grain as the weight) and I use my old brewpot for my cheesepot, so I really haven't had to buy much at all as far as ingredients or supplies for cheese. Star-san is a great sanitizer for cheesemaking!
Yes I can see where this is going... perhaps I'll have to consciously keep this as a "mini" hobby so it doesn't get in the way of my maniacal brewing. I'm working with 900 square feet here.
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