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Old 03-23-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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I just made my first batch of salami a couple of days ago, and it's currently hanging to dry in a wine fridge I have, and the question I have is: how do I tell if it's gone bad? Or is it one of those things that you just know (like sour milk)? I don't think it is bad yet, I just want to be able to tell if it does turn out that way

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What style of salami did you make? What kind of cure did you use?

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A lot of things would need to be known. What was the recipe and how is it being kept. Do you have it hanging? Is there airflow? Whats the temp and the humidity level? Did you check the ph before you hung it? What does it feel like when you squeeze it?

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I used the recipe from Charcuterie (by Ruhlman) for the Tuscan Salami, which uses Instacure #2 and Bactoferm F-RM-52. I let it sit at room temp (per the instructions) for ~16hrs to let the culture start doing it's thing, and now I have it hanging in a wine fridge at ~60*F. I'm not sure what the pH was.

I don't think it's rotten, and so far, it looks salami-esque, which is a good sign, I'm just looking for some things to look out for just in case...

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let it go and see what happens, have a homebrew with it once it is done and let us know how it turns out

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I used the recipe from Charcuterie (by Ruhlman) for the Tuscan Salami, which uses Instacure #2 and Bactoferm F-RM-52. I let it sit at room temp (per the instructions) for ~16hrs to let the culture start doing it's thing, and now I have it hanging in a wine fridge at ~60*F. I'm not sure what the pH was.

I don't think it's rotten, and so far, it looks salami-esque, which is a good sign, I'm just looking for some things to look out for just in case...
Did you read the entire section on dried and fermented sausages and not just the recipe? There is a ton of info you need to know that isn't in the recipe itself. Do you have any air flow through the fridge and do you have any clue what the humidity is in it?
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Did you read the entire section on dried and fermented sausages and not just the recipe? There is a ton of info you need to know that isn't in the recipe itself. Do you have any air flow through the fridge and do you have any clue what the humidity is in it?
There is airflow (a fan cycles on and off to keep the temp stabilized) but I'm not positive about the humidity. I have a humidity gauge in my humidor that i can probably repurpose to see, though I haven't had time to do that yet.

I'll take a read through the rest of the section again, I did go through it once, but I probably skimmed over the important parts in my excitement to just start curing meat
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