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Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« on: October 08, 2008, 06:01:16 PM »
i hope this is classified as a cheese cave.
temp here in nth Queensland is starting to get warm 30c today so bit the bullet and bought a second hand all fridge and a temp controller i have fridge set at 12-15deg things seem to be going OK.
as you can see i have a few cheese made cheddar herb jack camembert in blue container colby and gouda.
temp on Fridgemate shows 20c as  i had fridge open to take photos.
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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2008, 08:09:11 PM »
Bundy, looks great, high tech digital thermostat and great looking cheeses ;D!

So now you have the temp right, next step is controlling the humidity for aging natural rind cheeses!

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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 08:16:50 PM »
Hi CH have temp/humidity meter. humidity in fridge is around 75/80. still reading on how to regulate humidity at the moment, have a cup of water in there.
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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008, 09:46:56 PM »
To add humidity a good trick is to have a wick to get more surface area for the water to evaporate from such as a small towel lying in your cup/bowl of water and outside of it over edge.

Is yours a forced air fridge with evaporator on outside? If so I'm surprised your natural humidity is so high, either way not far to go to get it high enough.

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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008, 11:38:17 PM »
thanks for the tip.
no not a forced air fridge.
what humidity reading do you suggest?
humidity here can get very high now that we are coming i to summer.


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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2008, 07:06:55 AM »
Most recipes/directions call for long term washed natural rind type cheese aging at 80-85% relative humidity. If in bags or sealed with wax then I don't think matters what RH, lower is fine.

In my experience, most forced air - fan type fridges dehumidify the air considerably, making it hard to get back up that high.

You now need a big sign on front saying Bundy's Cheese Cave ;), as in old days most cheeses were aged in damp cool caves.

Let us know long term any tricks and traps you find . . .

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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2008, 03:36:58 PM »
Yes I to would be interested in what you have found.  My DH has given the go a head to buy a fridge for my cheeses, so I am in the market for one, and interested in any tips that I might need to keep on hand when buying.
Many thanks.

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Re: Bundy's Radient Fridge-Freezer Cheese Cave
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2008, 04:52:57 PM »
so far so good i have 6 different cheeses in my cave in  vacuum pac so i can see what's going on.
this info will i hope help Tea as we are both in the same area.got fridge from Pocket Trader.320ltr $200, Fridgmate i bought from craftbrewer's in Brisbane $65 delivered.you have to get a electrician to wire it for you unless better half can do it, instructions are with it.i got local electrician to do it far a carton beer.as i said just over a month and things seem to be OK.
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