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metasyntactic 11-09-2012 10:52 PM

What sort of equipment does a newbie need?
I'm thinking about giving this a go (in particular the yummy looking farmhouse cheddar above). Any advice about what to buy and where (Amazon?)

Also, is it possible/advisable to make rectangular blocks of cheese?

Zuljin 11-10-2012 03:09 AM

I aint started yet, but have seen moulds in many shapes. So says round is preferred because it's a good shape to distribute the weight from the press.

TowsonTiger22 11-11-2012 08:10 PM

Looks like a pot, a term, and a press. Other than that, doesn't look like much.

Zuljin 11-11-2012 10:27 PM

You also need those little pieces of cellophane to wrap your slices in.

I saw a ss cheese pot at the hardware store for $85. It was like a mini brew pot. Uh. I don't think so.

TowsonTiger22 11-12-2012 12:37 AM

I'm gonna wax my cheese.

Zuljin 11-12-2012 01:59 AM

To make it go faster?

inhousebrew 11-12-2012 02:33 AM

Midwest Supplies sells beginners cheese making kits. I've been eyeing them up for the better part of a year now.

Zuljin 11-14-2012 10:27 PM

Advanced Cheese Kit looks good. I may be able to piece some of that together from the kitchenware isle or second hand stores, but for a kit...

modenacart 11-15-2012 12:30 AM

I have seen nice stainless containers that could be used as a mold at the good will for a few dollars. I am going to pick one up the next time I see one. Plans for a press are everywhere on the internet if you look.

Zuljin 11-27-2012 12:09 AM

I just went mostly a la cart at Austin Homebrew Supply.

1 x Basic Hard Cheese Kit (comes with a basket looking mold, cheese cloth, thermometer and various ingredients)
1 x Hard Cheese Mold (800 g) (looks like a pail with holes in it)
1 x Red Cheese Wax
1 x Lipase (Mild)
1 x Stainless Steel Ladle for Cheese Skimming
1 x Cheese Salt - Amount: 4 oz
1 x Curd Knife / Spatula
1 x Lipase (Sharp)
1 x Citric Acid - Amount: 2 oz

$86 shipped

I made a cheese press for next to nothing and have a pot to cook in already. I think this is a good start.

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