So this was only my second attempt at a washed rind, after the first was a complete failure and never developed the orange colour or "stink" of a washed rind. This time, it still took a very long time for the b.linens to get going -- I think it was around 4 weeks before I got any orange splotches appearing! So yeah, it was slow to get going, but eventually got there.
The inspiration for this cheese came from two places. The first is a pinot-washed cheese that is wrapped in vine leaves, called Oen and made by Bruny Island Cheese Co. It's one of my favourite cheeses. The other inspiration came after I discovered hop leaves are edible. And from there, my love of beer and cheese came together.
I've just wrapped up my cheeses in the hop leaves this past weekend after washing the cheese for about 5 weeks. Will now leave them for a couple more weeks and see how they go.