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My 4th Lancashire
« on: March 09, 2013, 05:39:53 PM »
Hi,

It's been a while since I've made one of these, so I figured it was time to give it another go.  These are a fairly quick make as far as cheddar types go, and it peaks around 2 months.  It isn't intended for long aging, as the long floc makes the curds a bit moist for that, but it is a nice one for the table early on.  Just in the first press as I post the notes here, but I'll update as things happen and will eventually add a photo. 

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 Lancashire (Sunday, Mar 10, 2013; sunny, 23 C, 1006 barometer)
11 L home brand standard (3.3 g fat, 3.1g protein per 100 ml; Past. & Homogenised).
2 ice cubes ripened Tararau Buttermilk (mesophilic)
1 ice cube MW3 (Mad Millie’s)
1/4 tsp 50% calcium chloride
0.6 ml rennet IMCU 750
2 tbsp + 1 tsp cooking salt

1) Add culture, (time: 8:00) 
2) Warm to 31.1 0C, stirring gently. Turn off heat. (started warming around 8:00 am; 3.6 litres boiling, 0.7 litre tap in lrg pot; reached 31.3 at 8:19)
3)  ripen for 45 minutes, at 31.1 0C. (start time: 8:19   end time: 9:04   end Temp: 30.4 oC).
3) Add ¼ tsp CaCl in egg cup of water (time 9:05 temp 30.4 oC).
4) Add rennet.  Time: 9:07:30 Temp 30.4 oC (set back in warm water bath of 34 C)
         Floc time 9:23:00 = 15 min 30 sec.  Use 3.5x multiplier = 54 minutes  15 s.  Time to cut is : 10:01:45 )
5)  Cut curd into 1 CM pieces (good curd)
6) Let curds stand for 10 minutes to firm up. (START TIME : 10:10; temp 30.9 0C : I’ve increased heal time from 5 to 10).
7) Stir curds for 10 minutes until they release more whey, become firmer and float freely in the whey. (10:20 - 10:31; end temp 31.5 0C)
8) Let settle about 10 minutes.(10:31-1041  Temp  31.5  0C) increased to 10 minutes fr 5
9) Drain off whey through cloth-lined colander.
10) Move the cloth full of curds to pot and press down with your hand to knit them together. Twist the cheesecloth around the curd to expel some more whey and to help them knit.
11) Put the lid back on the pot and put pot in warm water to keep the curds warm. Let stand for 15 minutes. (11:07-11:22)
12 ) Turn the cake of curd over and hold for 15 more minutes. Start time (11:25-11:40)
13) Cut cake of curd in half and pile one piece on top of the other in the pot. Cover and hold for another 15 minutes. The two halves will knit together into one piece. (start time: 11:40-11:55)
14)  Mill into large lumps (size of large walnut) and add salt
15) Fill prepared mold with curds press at 10 kg (PSI 0.71) for 1 hour. (start 12:15-1:15)
16) Remove from press, flip and re-dress the wheel of cheese.  (1:15-2:15) Press at 20 kg (PSI 1.43)
17) Press overnight at 35.2 kg (PSI 2.53). (between 2:15-7:00 flipped a number of times as it started to tilt, so 3 or 4 “recovery” flips to flatten out the two faces.  Finally removed 6:00 am; 1376g out of press) (excellent knit 15.6 cm diameter x 6.1 cm height; 1.18 g/cc)

18) Air dry 3-5 days until dry to touch. Ripen 12-15 0C at 85 - 90% humidity for 4 to 8 weeks, depending upon your taste.
Moved to 10C cave 5:00 pm, Thursday March 14, 2013.  1214g

Made ricotta: raised to 93.3C, added ¼ cider vinegar, waited 15 minutes, scooped into cheesecloth and drained.  Obtained 406g after 45 minutes draining.  Added around 8g salt.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2013, 11:08:25 PM by JeffHamm »
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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013, 12:33:47 PM »
Ok,  so, had to continue to adjust the weights on this as it was tending to tilt, but we finally got there.  The cheese is 1376g out of the press, although I had dropped two chunks after milling, so it's fairly typical of my weights at this stage.  It was 15.6 x 6.1 cm, for a density of 1.18 g/ccm.  It will dry out to around 1.1 - 1.2 kg I would expect.  Anyway, the knit is really good, and I'm pleased with the result.  Now, time to air dry for 3 to 5 days, and then into the cave for a couple months. 

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 08:26:20 AM »
Another beautiful cheese, Jeff.

I was actually looking for a moister Cheddar style to try. I'm wondering if this would fill the bill.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 10:45:46 AM »
Looks great Jeff!

Is this cheese very different from your caerphillies?
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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013, 12:18:22 PM »
Hi Boofer,

Just remember, this make is tailored for short aging (2 months), it's not a long aging cheese because of the moisture. 

As for the flavour CWRebel,  yes it's quite different.  It doesn't have the tang that caerphilly has (perhaps because it's aged out a bit), but also, two of my three previous makes were very mild.  The last one, however, have a very sharp flavour which I'm hoping to get again this time.  Will see.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 11:11:42 PM »
Into the cave today at 1214g.  Nice and dry on the outside.  I'm thinking I will wash this with saturated brine for a week or so as I do the Beaufort as they are in the same box.  Will keep contamination at a minimum.  Will see.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 01:50:44 PM »
Hi,

Just updating this one as it is almost 2 months since making and that's when it is normally cut into.  Basically, once in the cave I washed it with saturated brine (one face per day, sides alternating day) for about a week or so.  It developed a slight "schmier" in the process.  I stopped after that and since then have done very little other than the occasional brushing (even that has been very infrequent).  It now weighs 1004g.  May cut into it this evening when friends are over for supper.  Will see.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 02:11:49 PM »
Looks great and I am sure it will be a tasty treat for your guests! 

I have not made a Lancashire yet, but it is on the list.   ;D

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 03:21:47 PM »
Looks good, Jeff. Actually, it looks rather dark under the Geo wispiness.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 03:26:12 PM »
Thanks guys.  It is a bit dark Boofer, from a slight schmier that developed during the wash I think. 

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2013, 01:56:52 AM »
Hi,

Cut into this today.  Is very nice, firm but crumbly paste.  It has a good flavour, a bit sharp, which I like.  Everyone gave it a thumbs up, so that's good.  The rind is nice too, a bit chewy, but no off flavours or overly mouldy bits.  Basically, I'm pleased and would make this again without any need to vary this make protocol. 

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2013, 09:06:12 AM »
Another cheese for the Cheese Maestro!  ;)

Well done, Jeff.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2013, 10:06:25 AM »
That IS a lovely looking cheese!!  Congratulations and another cheese for you!!    :D. I like the rind appearance.

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2013, 01:09:27 PM »
Thanks!  The rind looks more like the first picture than the cut one, in that it is dark (as Boofer noted), though it does have a dusty geo coat too.  The geo seems to have stolen the show in the 2nd photo.  Once this one warms up the flavour is really good, our first bites were early out of the fridge, but then we had some more and it was very good. 

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Re: My 4th Lancashire
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2013, 03:17:48 PM »
Just had a wee sample and this has turned out to be a wonderful cheese.  A good flavour that really grows after the tasting.  I hope my next turns out as nice.

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