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Offline iratherfly

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Re: Help. Hairy Blue!!!
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2012, 01:00:27 PM »
I've been working on a raw lactic goat blue for almost 2 years now. Really difficult but I am getting there. It's an absolutely INSANE recipe. Got one aging right now. I think it will be the first one that is actually formulated correctly.  Lactic blues are difficult to do well!


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Re: Help. Hairy Blue!!!
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2012, 02:51:13 PM »
I think I can count on one hand the number of lactic blues I've ever seen.  They are ridiculously time consuming to make and a nightmare to age.  When I had my own farmstead business I used to make a goat one sometimes but it's just about my least favorite cheese tomake, next to stretch curd cheese.

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Re: Help. Hairy Blue!!!
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2012, 04:06:31 PM »
All the lactic blues Ive tried turned out with a bitter note.   likely too much moisture. You need to predrain the fool for a week! :)
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Re: Help. Hairy Blue!!!
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2012, 03:08:50 PM »
True Fancois and Tomer! This is why it has taken me 2 years to figure this out.  I basically am making crottin-like curd. Salt it and crumble it after pre-draining. I wait 2-4 days in low moisture cool environment for it to show signs of mocasse so I know it is beginning to de-acidify and it's dry enough. I then seed it with the blue and toss it to form very light pressing with mechanical holes. I salt that cheese heavily to kill the geo and give it a week to form blue. I pierce as needed at this point and possibly pierce more in a couple of weeks if needed.  Foil when it looks right and then 2 more months minimum in very cold refrigeration (36°F). It only works if it is properly drained in the beginning. It's a strange little technique but it works.

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Re: Help. Hairy Blue!!!
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2012, 10:47:33 PM »
Thanks guys for all your advice/support re my 'hairy blue' cheese, and i apologise for my long absence. Life got in the way of my cheese making!

Francois was correct - it was mucor and after flattening it down and more turning/aging, it produced quite a nice cheese.

I also appreciate the advice re salting blue cheese rather than brining. I have tried this out on several batches and my brined cheese never grows as much blue as the salted cheese... however i always worry about over salting so trying to find a balance.

Happy cheesemaking!

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Re: Help. Hairy Blue!!!
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2012, 02:19:29 AM »
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I then seed it with the blue and toss it
  why are you tossing away such a lovely cheese?  ;D
Do you crumble it (as far as you can "crumble" a very soft lactic paste) and remould it?
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