Of Course whats a good story without pictures ? The link in the above post should have a control sheet attached.
8 litres Cows Milk - mine has 3.9% fat.
1/32 tsp lipase - diluted in a 1/4 cup of Purified water (no Chlorine), 20 minutes before use
1/8 tsp CaCl2 - diluted in a 1/4 cup of Purified water.
1.5 doses of Flora D. 1/16 tsp + 1/32. - Changing up from 5 litres to 8 today.
2.5 mls of 200 IMCU rennet.
Bring milk to 32 degC.
Add CaCl2 and Lipase stir for about a minute
Add Culture - Let re-hydrate on the top for a couple of minutes - FD is a bit clumpy.
Ripen for 1 hour
Add Rennet - I Use the Floc method to determine the cut time - using a 4 time multiplier.
MAking sure the temp stays 32DegC - Cut curd into 1/2 inch blocks - wish I could do this accurately !! Let curds rest (Heal) for 15 minutes.
Stir gently for 20 minutes. maintaining temp.
Drain to the level of the curds and transfer to already lined fetta forms.
let drain for 1 hour - remove from form - redress
Let drain a further hour and repeat.
Now for the divergent pressing - I'll post pictures to show what I mean.
1/2 the batch is let drain under its own weight for 4-6 hours - this allows the Acid to develop more as you are not pressing the whey out - therefore not reducing the food for bugs.
1/2 the batch is very lightly pressed - this removes the whey faster and therefore reduces the available food for bugs and hence less acid. This one will be more dense but less crumblier than the other. Press for the same time as the other batch.
These are then brined in a heavy brine for 4 hours per 1/2 Kg (1lb) in a heavy (16%) brine and then let cure in a 8% light brine.
light brine 4 litres water 250 gm salt 15ml CaCl2 and 15 mls Vinegar. 16% heavy brine just double the salt.
All post the control sheet and images later today.