SS: same thing happens with our toilets if we let then go too long between cleanings! Orangey stuff/linens on the bowl.
HKJ: I know the linens gave it a really good smell. When I pierced it last week I didn't want to wash my hands because they smelled so delicious. Maybe that's a little gross, but there are people who think cheese is gross because stuff grows in it. I do think it is contributing to the flavor, but I have not really focused on the details of the taste bc of the sharpness. So, you left it in the cave for a month and then the fridge? I would think the cave would make sense for a bit....as long as it is vac bagged. I am very happy that it will smooth out with a bit of aging. It does sounds like I will have a great cheese in a month or so. (salivating) Glad to have you chime in!
Bob: I think I will be blued out, but sounds like aging will only help it anyway. Did you vac bag yours when it was in the fridge? This Stilton is probably a bit drier than typical because I was combating linens for a while. It is slightly creamy with some crumbliness and not waxy. I'd love to get some PR from you. I think just a very small amount goes a long way! Maybe we can share some p shermanii too if you have some or if you don't, if I buy some....?