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What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« on: June 12, 2009, 09:24:36 AM »
Just curious what everyone uses: 
I use this:
EZAL MA11
Contains:
  • (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
  • (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris


I know there are fancier cultures out there.  Mine is a strictly Mesophilic approach, But I know that there are some Mesophilic-Thermophilic hybrids out there. 

Love to know what you pros use.


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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 12:29:47 AM »
Depends on where my last order went out to and which recipe I am using:

Choozit™ MA11
(LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
(LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
(Dairy Connections)

or

CHOOZIT™ 102
(LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
(LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
(Danlac- bulk package)

or

Choozit™ RA 24
(LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
(LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
(SSP) Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus
(Danlac)





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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2009, 07:24:47 AM »
So,  Sometimes you use both "CHOOZIT™ 102"  and "Choozit™ RA 24" in the same batch?
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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2009, 06:22:21 PM »
Nope sorry I thought I put the or in there someplace. one or the other. I fixed it - sorry again.

When I am making just squeeky cheese aka cheese curds or making a horseradish cheedar I use the RA 24 because of the increased heat you get firmer curds making them more squeeky longer. It also seems to bring out more of the horseradish flavor with the hotter curds.

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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2009, 06:29:04 PM »
You could also use a combination of MA 11 and Thermophilic Type C or the 102 and Thermophilic Type C to achive the same affect.


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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2009, 08:44:53 PM »
Sounds real good.  Thanks so much.
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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2009, 06:08:35 PM »
Your most welcome sir!

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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009, 06:08:19 AM »
Wow, I have alot of studying to do.
I'm about to do my first cheddar and I'm using a little white packet that says Mesophilic on it, which I got from New England cheesemaking supply. No other details.

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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2009, 09:40:55 PM »
Quite a few of the books I've read say Mesophilic culture or Thermophilic culture and are not specific. You can use any one that you have or make one from yogurt or buttermilk if you wish. The cultures I listed are just suggested alternatives that worked well for me.

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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2009, 09:43:46 PM »
When you use a thermophilic culture, do you adjust temp?
 
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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2009, 10:54:36 PM »
I am by no means a cheddar expert, so take this for what it's worth.  I assume you are talking about proper cheddar, not farmhouse or stirred.  Proper chedar requires a meso culture or you'll never get your pH down during the cheddaring.  Any aggressive meso acidifier will do:
Kazu
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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2009, 04:21:27 PM »
Yes Wayne I do. but as I mensioned only for sweaky cheese curds.

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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2009, 08:13:40 AM »
Thanks Deb.  I may try that.

FRANCOIS - where do you get some of those cultures?  I've never heard of Kazu
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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2009, 10:43:56 AM »
Egon sells a Kazu1 1000 I LYO 50 DCU for making Gouda Cheese

Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetilactis
Lactobacillus helveticus
Carrier: Sucrose, Maltodextrins

but that's the only one I found.

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Re: What Cheddar Culture do you use?
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2009, 05:57:20 PM »
oh,  a Gouda culture? 

ok - See this is the really the basis for my question.  I am trying to see what others use for Cheddar.

When I go grab a block of cheddar from the store, I always wonder what starter culture thay used, and since I can't aske them,  I thought I would ask those in this forum.
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