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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2014, 12:51:05 PM »
As Sailor mentionned, Natamax is not really for hobbyists, it's quite expensive, but Danlac sells it:

http://www.danlac.com/ingredient/natamax-100-gr-natural-antimicrobial-price-lowered

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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2014, 12:43:17 PM »
I will - I'll take some pics this week and upload. Looks like the rind is getting a more even texture.

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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2014, 03:59:46 PM »
IMHO when you have a mottled surface like that, there is still moisture gradients in the cheese. If you wax or vac bag while this condition exists, you will trap whey/moisture inside. That will lead to moisture under the wax or moisture in the bag, and a sour tasting cheese. Try to age it naturally (with proper humidity) until that excess moisture is gone.
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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2014, 09:34:30 AM »
Yep. I agree. I'm letting it go. Either I'll have a grana or I've just invented something new!

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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2014, 08:19:28 AM »
So here's an update. Maybe the pic isn't as great as it should be but:

1) The mottling was gone within 3-4 days of aging (55F 85%RH).
2) There is blue mold in the cracks which seems superficial but likely will penetrate
3) The rind otherwise is solid and feels like a Grana rind should (I think)

I've been scrubbing with saturated saline weekly

Any further thoughts/ suggestions?

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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2014, 04:00:18 PM »
Thanks for the update, Amiriliano.  I know it's not what you wanted but I'd love to hear how this ends up.  Might be one of those "happy little accidents" ?
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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2014, 07:51:38 PM »
Thanks. We'll see. "Grana Padablue"?

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Re: Opinions on why this cheese looks like this
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2014, 09:12:53 PM »
Hahaah, sounds perfect!
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