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Old 06-08-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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As promised, here is a picture of my homemade ghetto cheese press. It's just two boards, with 4 dowels. The dowels are glued into the holes on the bottom board, and the top board just "floats".

I made a colby cheese today, so this is 50# of weight on the press. You can see it's mostly grain, but a couple of 8# kitty litters work, too.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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You can see it's mostly grain, but a couple of 8# kitty litters work, too.
Love it! Just don't get the bags mixed up, next time you brew.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:17 PM   #3
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Love it! Just don't get the bags mixed up, next time you brew.
What? You don't like kitty litter wheat?

Sometimes I have a little trouble balancing the weights, and once in a while I'll hear a loud "crash" in the kitchen. That's why there is nothing else on the island anymore. I learn things the hard way.
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What? You don't like kitty litter wheat?

Sometimes I have a little trouble balancing the weights, and once in a while I'll hear a loud "crash" in the kitchen. That's why there is nothing else on the island anymore. I learn things the hard way.

Sounds like a great name for a beer!
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Very nice. I've only made soft cheeses so far but have all the ingredients to get into hard cheese already. This is so simple I wouldn't have to buy any new tools for this.

This would even be a good use for the weights that are sitting in the basement next to the weight bench that hasn't gotten used in who knows how long

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A good future upgrade would be to mount a thick dowel right in the center, then pick up some barbell weights you can slide onto the dowel.

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A good future upgrade would be to mount a thick dowel right in the center, then pick up some barbell weights you can slide onto the dowel.
Yeah, I'm in the market for barbell weights. They would fit nicely in the center between the four dowels.

There's also a beat up aluminum can between the top board and the follower of the press. The reason is because the mold doesn't stick up high enough above my draining bowl. So, the can gives the "room", if that makes sense.

What you can't see is that is a colander/bowl set up. So that the whey goes into the bottom bowl. I've done it in the bowl without the colander, with an upside down saucer, but this works better. The red bowl you see is actually just a colander that fits the bowl. There are a couple of inches below that colander where the whey can collect so the mold isn't sitting in the whey.
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It looks like a corny keg would fit nicely on there. A full one weighs right around 50 pounds.

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It looks like a corny keg would fit nicely on there. A full one weighs right around 50 pounds.
For crying out loud, man! It took about 4 trips to bring the grain and kitty litter up from the basement. Now you'd have me stacking full corny kegs up on my island on top of that ghetto cheese press. I carry full cornies around all the time, but never lift them that high.

I could hurt something important- like my BEER!
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hehehe I was gonna say... I'd rather have 10 lbs of 2-row hit the floor than a full corny.

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