I see you named it acceptable, was it the eye formation that dampened your enthusiasm? It looks terrific, AC4U!
Thanks for the cheese.
The small eyes are fine for this style. Very acceptable
Looks pretty good though. Do you think the small eyes and weak PS flavour might indicate a problem with your culture? How old is your PS powder? I wouldn't change anything unless it becomes consistent. I know something is going wrong when my cheeses start becoming consistent! ha!
No, my PS is good. I've found over time that I'm not a big fan of overly PS-heavy alpines. My intent is to give a nuance
of PS character. Smaller eyes naturally follows the reduced PS character.
Consistency in cheesemaking? Yeah, I like to have some assurance that a cheese I make will emulate a previous make. There are a lot of factors beyond my control and I'm just lucky if those line up properly and complement my efforts to adhere to a recipe. Still, each cheese has its own character and agenda regardless how faithfully I stick to the recipe.
If I can achieve a reasonable consistency with my cheesemaking, I can then take that cheese recipe and tweak it slightly. Along those lines, something in my head that I can't seem to shake is the idea of a Beaufort with a little blue character. We'll see.