I couldn't wait eight weeks any more than I could wait two weeks after bottling my first homebrew. But I made it seven weeks, and I was SMRT and dried and waxed the cheese in two batches so I can age some of it some more.
My farmhouse cheddar is crumbly and nutty and sharp and just all-around good. And that was with regular old milk and not very good technique in raising the temperature during cooking. There will definitely be more cheese made soon. I'm planning a trip out to Pennsylvania to get some raw milk, and in the meantime I'm assembling molds and thinking about how I want to go about a press. Looks like I've got another hobby.
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