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Offline Brian

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Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« on: November 24, 2008, 09:17:47 AM »
OK
Where I live (Oregon) there isn't a lot of ground water, so everyone here including myself have 2500 gallon underground water storage tanks.
I built a shed over the top of it and insulated it.  I have built a couple of shelves on the inside and have a remote out there that shows temp and humidity.
Seems the constant water temp of 55 degrees keeps the temp regulated and also keeps the humidity up at around 80-85%.  Temp outside here is 30 but inside the "cave" is 47 degrees.
So now I have 2 Chedders, a Gouda and 2 Romanos that will make there home there.  Wish me luck!

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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 10:05:40 AM »
sounds Ideal,  watch out for critters trying to get a free meal.
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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 10:36:25 AM »
Yea I know.
The door is TIGHT.  Damn shed is nearly airtight too.

Only critters getting in there would be a bear.  Which apparently are up here but I haven't seen any sign of one.  Setting a mouse trap just in case for the little guys.......


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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 03:49:15 PM »
You can catch a little bear in a mouse trap  :o

Sorry just joking  ;)

Well I wish you luck with your cheeses.  Going into summer here, so it is going to be an uphill battle keeping cheese for a while.  Still haven't organised my fridge yet.  sigh   
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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2008, 08:38:20 PM »
Brian, that is a novel idea! I've heard of Cheese Cave's and Cheese Cellar's but never a regulated Cheese Shed, sounds great, post a couple snaps for us when you get time . . .


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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2008, 06:24:46 PM »
Yikes.
We've had snow and it's kind of dry.  I had to put a bowl of water next to the cheese since the humidity has got down to 60%

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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2008, 08:23:37 AM »
Sometimes a bowl of water doesn't have enough surface area to evaporate water, one trick is to hang a towel in water and over edge as huge surface area.

If that's not enough I read about in France where aging room thaey splash water against the walls, but walls were tiled ;).

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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2008, 10:08:54 AM »
Not to contradict you CH, but in my full-sized-upright-freezer-turned-cheese-cave,  a small pan of water raises the internal humidity to about 90%.

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Re: Brian's Storage Shed Cheese Cave
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2008, 10:54:25 AM »
Of course you can, never a problem, if we don't correct each other we are all going to be in trouble and making non-optimal cheese :D.

Good point, funny, when I tried an old upright fridge, a bowl of water wasn't enough for me . . . in this thread though Brian has a Cheese Shed in Oregon USA, so I'm guessing a lot larger volume and leakier than a fridge to keep humidity high in.