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Dry Jack
« on: January 13, 2012, 01:19:15 PM »
Now that I have a Jack recipe I like, it's time to do my first Dry Jack.

The make went well, though the yield was higher than expected.  The wheel felt hard/solid, so I think it may be due to breed and season--Brown Swiss Cow in the winter.

Dry Jack    #46  1/12/12

4 gallons Swiss Brown cow milk 4%, pH 6.6
3/8 tsp MM100
1/8 tsp TA
¼ tsp x3 rennet
2 tablespoons salt
Floc x 2

Warmed milk to 90 degrees, added cultures and let sit 5 minutes.  Stir cultures in and let ripen 30 minutes.

Added rennet and watched for floc.  Floc 11 minutes x 2 =22 minutes set time.  Cut curds into 1/4 inch cubes and let rest 5 minutes.

Raised temp to 100 degrees over 40 minutes (was 101 degrees)

Stir 30+ minutes at 100 degrees. Let settle 5 minutes and drain to level of curds when pH is 6.2 (took 50 minutes to reach 6.2 which is what I expected since I cut curd after 22 minutes--far quicker than with garlic jack).  Temp 100 degrees

Stir another 30 minutes or until whey pH is 6.0 (took 30 minutes), temp 100 degrees. 

Drained and stirred in salt.

Hooped and pressed at 30 pounds for ½ hour.  Redressed and pressed at 100 pounds for 1 hour, pH 5.4.  Redressed and pressed at 204 lbs overnight. 

Yield after unhooping 4 lb 6 oz. 

Ripen in cave for 1 week then apply ¼ of the rub and put on rack with good ventilation, at 50-55 degrees, for 24 hours.  Repeat this 3 more days.  Return to cheese cave and age as long as humanly possible—eight months?

Rub:

4 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 teaspoons instant espresso
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
5 teaspoons olive oil (that makes a nice thick paste)
« Last Edit: January 15, 2012, 11:25:16 AM by anutcanfly »
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 02:29:48 PM »
It will be interesting to see your results, my son wants to help me make a dry jack.  Nice cheese by the way.

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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 07:39:06 PM »
Thank you, I'm curious too!  :)  I wasn't sure if this cheese is full fat or part skim.  I've heard both ways on this cheese. 
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 07:48:52 PM »
Very cool.  I want to make a dry Jack at some point too.  Will be interested to see how this goes for you.  How long are you planning on aging it? 

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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 09:25:10 PM »
9 months I think.  I've tried Dry Jack that was aged over a year and didn't like it as well as the younger version, but I don't remember how old the version was I liked!  ::)
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012, 02:04:30 AM »
Sounds good.  Don't forget to post photo's each day you add the rub.  Will be interesting to see how it looks each time more is added on.  Also, to get some idea about the oil in the rub.  Should be an interesting make.

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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 01:31:25 PM »
Will do.   :)
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2012, 10:18:13 AM »
Dry Jack should use skimmed or part skimmed milk.
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2012, 11:28:38 AM »
Thanks Sailor,

I'll try skim milk the next time.  :)
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 05:19:02 PM »
First rub and looking... dark!  5 teaspoons of oil was good.  It made a nice thick rub.  This is one cheese I will definitely enjoy chewing on the rind.  :P


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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012, 06:26:43 PM »
OOOOooooo!  Doesn't that look good already.

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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012, 04:08:43 PM »
Wow! that looks already so tasty!!!

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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012, 04:09:08 PM »
I just applied the final rub to what appears to be a chocolate cake.  The best part is licking my fingers after I'm done!  :)
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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 04:26:16 PM »
Wow!  That looks really ... not like cheese! ha!  Seriously though, that looks great.  That should produce some very nice flavours once it ages out.  I really must make this now.  I'm very impressed.  A cheese to you.

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Re: Dry Jack
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 06:46:08 PM »
Thank you!  I may end up treating other types of cheeses to similar rubs.  It's going to be hard waiting this one out!  :)
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