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Old 01-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #31
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According to my wife's reading, if cheese gets little spots of surface mold on it under the wax, that usually means it wasn't dry enough before being waxed. The internet says either let it dry longer it dry it in a drier place.


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I got it made! The cheese press. Life? Hmm, maybe not.

Anyway, here it is. I need to do some cosmetic stuff to it, stain on the raw edges, maybe stick those round dohickies on the the top and round out some corners. Plus I need to calibrate it. I used my grain scale to get an idea of what 10 pounds of pressure would take, not much, depending on where I pushed on the fulcrum lever.

I'm happy with it because it is the look I was going for and I had the wood on hand. This litttle (it's not that little unfortunately) cost me $7.83 for a bottle of Elmer's wood glue and some hardware. Okay, maybe I"m bragging there. This thing just worked out very affordable for me.



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Dang Dan, that's pretty freaking impressive. So, are you making cheese yet? I"m a bit jealous, been putting that off for a while. Let us know how that goes.

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Thank you for doing that Pappy.

I'm just getting into this cheese making thing. We're homebrewers who make their own beer. I think we are all in some sort of naturalist state of mind. What goes along with letting bugs work on things we love. Cheese! It's natural!

Cheers Pappy!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #35
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Looking good Dan. I am glad I could inspire you... Now get to work on a hard cheese. When I get back from Seattle I will scan some of the book's recipes and e-mail them to you..
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Thanks Steve! I look forward to putting this thing into action. The mozzarella turned out pretty good and was so simple to make. I used the microwave method but want to learn the hot water batch method, seems more ligit. It was great on pizza. The homemade crust turned out decently but I'm a bit out of practice making bread. I'm think I'm going to get another sourdough starter going. I tried it once before but it never really flourished here in the valley. Maybe it has something to do with all the spraying in this valley. I had one for three years in Hawaii, sourdough loves Hawaii, the desert too. I'll give it another try.
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I am willing to bet it is the water unless you use distilled water the valley uses lots of chemicals in the water..
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Steve. Sorry if this isn't exactly a cheese making video. I came across this gal's YouTube videos looking for cheese. I'll post that at the end. This gal is something.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ow9Ws8S8e8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpXg-HRA_A4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=_EqiXOKcY5c
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I got it made! The cheese press. Life? Hmm, maybe not.

Anyway, here it is. I need to do some cosmetic stuff to it, stain on the raw edges, maybe stick those round dohickies on the the top and round out some corners. Plus I need to calibrate it. I used my grain scale to get an idea of what 10 pounds of pressure would take, not much, depending on where I pushed on the fulcrum lever.

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Looks sturdy and adjustable.

Do you have a pet squirrel or something?
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Yep it's pretty sturdy.

Pet squirrel? Nope, no squirrels two cats and a small dog. The cats will sometimes stand at the outside door and wait to be let in. My dog will only use the doggy door. He loves the freedom.


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