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Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:20:21 PM »
Very new to the hobby. Attempted a batch of limburger. Ageing at 55 deg.,80% hum..   No mold formed after 18 days. Are my parameters OK.? Or just need more time for bloom?
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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 04:16:25 PM »
That humidity is too low, needs to be 98%. And the surface for b linens needs to be prepared with a yeast or deacidifying mold because b linens doesn't grow below pH of ~5.8.
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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 06:50:25 PM »
Hi sawhett, welcome, there's some very good reading in the Washed Rind & Smear Ripened Board, should give you tonnes of info, plus Searching on word Limburger, have fun!

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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 01:58:04 AM »
Any chance of saving this batch? If so, how? Or should I just toss it?
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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 07:28:12 AM »
How do I achieve 98% humidity?

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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 08:52:44 AM »
in a small area, using a humidifier is a good approach. How are you doing it now?

You can still get a b linens bloom even now, but you have to make the conditions suitable so it can grow.
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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2010, 10:03:53 AM »
Using a small bowl of water and moist sponge.in a dorm fridge..84% now. Still, 98% is almost complete saturation, no? Should I toss the 1st attempt?

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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 10:31:56 AM »
Try aging it and see what happens and learn from it. Put it in something where you get air circulation underneath, and then wrap a plastic bag around the entire thing, to get the humidity up. That should get you a good bloom.
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Re: Smear Ripened Cheese - Getting Good B linens Bloom
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 10:55:42 AM »
Thanks.Will try that