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Offline nikro000

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Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:42:06 PM »
Hi, I am new to cheese making and made my first (hard) cheese a week ago. I pressed it with a can as a follower and paint cans as weights. To make my second cheese easier I bought a simple cheese press on ebay: a board on the bottom, a bar on top, side rods, a high cylindrical mold and a rod that screws a follower into the mold. My problem is - the mold is only 4 inches across and I didn't realize how small that is. The press came with a recipe for a 1 gallon milk cheese (probably bc the mold is only 4" across, BUT all my other hard cheese recipes are 2 gallon milk recipes. Here is my question: the mold is high, so I have no doubt I can fit the curds for a 2 gallon recipe into it. BUT the resulting cheese will be a wheel that is less wide and rather high (like the cylindrical mold). Is that in any way a problem when the cheese dries and ripens?


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Re: Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 09:19:17 AM »
You'll be perfectly fine with a 2 gallon recipe.  Might be a little taller, yes.

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Re: Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 11:17:22 AM »
BUT the resulting cheese will be a wheel that is less wide and rather high (like the cylindrical mold). Is that in any way a problem when the cheese dries and ripens?
Here's an example and accompanying pics of Fourme d'Ambert which has a similar form factor.

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Re: Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 11:58:01 AM »
Can the press handle a different mold?  Lots of sources, including our own iratherfly. 

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Re: Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 05:09:22 PM »
You'll be perfectly fine with a 2 gallon recipe.  Might be a little taller, yes.

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Re: Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 05:10:06 PM »
BUT the resulting cheese will be a wheel that is less wide and rather high (like the cylindrical mold). Is that in any way a problem when the cheese dries and ripens?
Here's an example and accompanying pics of Fourme d'Ambert which has a similar form factor.

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Thank you for the example. I feel better about the press!

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Re: Press Too Small - Recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 05:11:24 PM »
Can the press handle a different mold?  Lots of sources, including our own iratherfly.

Unfortunately the siderods are too narrow to support a bigger mold and the follower is a perfect fit too.