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Offline Schnecken Slayer

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First try at a Stilton
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:55:03 PM »
I followed the WACheese recipe and used my 6 1/2" mould. (It was either that or my 4"cams)
Flipped as per instructions and left to develop for 4 days.

I then smoothed and here is the result so far.
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 04:01:01 PM »
Nice bluing comein on, did you use a slurry from another blue or a PR-PV DVI mold?
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 05:53:50 PM »
Nice bluing comein on, did you use a slurry from another blue or a PR-PV DVI mold?
It's dry PR powder in a packet from the home brew shop. (He does cheeses and cured meat supplies as well, although I haven't tried doing any sausages myself)

I added 1/4 tsp per 10 Litres as recommended. I noticed the first trace of blue after 2 1/2 days
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 10:17:17 AM »
How many days since the start, how long will you be ageing?
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 01:48:57 PM »
How many days since the start, how long will you be ageing?

I had to go back and check my spreadsheet. It's only about ten days old. We had some cool weather so I left it out 5 days instead of four. The extra day made it a lot easier to smooth the surface since it was still a bit hard on the fourth.
The "start eating" date is 26th Feb. according to the recipe.

Another question: Do you turn this and how often?
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 02:14:03 PM »
I turn mine daily.   It's been pierced for two weeks now and starting to smell less like ammonia. outside is encrusted with mold, as it should be, and looks a bit scary. LOL

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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 10:12:13 PM »
They look amazing, and kinda scary...  :D
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2012, 10:19:26 PM »
I was rubbing them over the other day and a small piece of the crust broke off and I tasted it, brave soul, and it was incredibly good.  Really looking forward to eating the center.  ;D

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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2012, 05:15:37 AM »
I was rubbing them over the other day and a small piece of the crust broke off and I tasted it, brave soul, and it was incredibly good.  Really looking forward to eating the center.  ;D
Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Stilton?   A)

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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2012, 09:32:44 AM »
How many days since the start, how long will you be ageing?

I had to go back and check my spreadsheet. It's only about ten days old. We had some cool weather so I left it out 5 days instead of four. The extra day made it a lot easier to smooth the surface since it was still a bit hard on the fourth.
The "start eating" date is 26th Feb. according to the recipe.

Another question: Do you turn this and how often?

I flip mine daily for the first week, then every other day the next, then once or twice for the rest of the ageing period.
I do air them every day for a half hour or more.
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2012, 02:09:01 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I had picked up on the airing from other posts here. It is a little damp on the bottom when I flipped it and I gently touched it with paper towel to dry it off and then let it air for 40 minutes.
I will start poking it in a couple of days.
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2012, 01:38:03 PM »
Having looked at a lot of other Stilton posts and reading about how the mould growth changes daily is one thing, to actually see it happening is amazing!
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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2012, 01:41:14 PM »
Agreed....and scary too!  haha

Mine is developing a very light fuzz with a few spots of blue...should be taking off in a day or 3.

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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2012, 04:19:57 PM »
Sides are covering nicely!

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Re: First try at a Stilton
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2012, 06:29:49 PM »
That is coming along nicely :)
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