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Offline Cartierusm

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8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« on: February 01, 2009, 01:31:48 AM »
I'll be making an 8 gallon blue cheese today and that should yield me a 4" high 10" diameter cheese, which should be plenty big for a blue cheese. I'll post updates tomorrow.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 03:36:04 PM »
So... how's the cheese going?

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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 03:46:16 PM »
Good, I just added the rennet. I'll post pics when I'm done.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2009, 08:13:23 PM »
Come on Carter, I know it's Super Bowl Sunday, (watching the game right now) but we want to see some pics and hear an update.
Looking foward to seeing how this one turns out.

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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009, 09:46:19 PM »
Everything well very good today. The final PH I took about an hour ago after flipping in the mold for a few hours was 5.5 which is in line with figures I have from other sources. Here are some pics.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009, 09:48:48 PM »
More pics.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009, 09:50:48 PM »
More Pics.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009, 09:54:12 PM »
I think I'll be sending chunks of this to everyone here its a big cheese.

I'll be making 3 cheese this week, 15 gal. Parmesan, 15 gal Stilton and another farmhouse cheddar so I can perfect my waxing technique.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009, 11:56:48 PM »
Carter,
I think your cheese making efforts alone are keeping the California dairy business in the black.
Way to go!
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Just once...
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2009, 01:14:36 AM »
LOL, thanks Captain. I want to perfect Parmesan, it's hard because it doesn't knit together very well when pressing.

I'm going to take a page from John or maybe it was Dave, keep the curds in the whey right up to the time to ladle into the mold.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2009, 12:16:58 PM »
Carter,
Looks great!
As for the parmesan, I did get a really good knit on the curds I made this weekend.
I'll get a pic up tonight if I have time but if not within the next day or so.
If you ever decide to eat all of the cheese you've been making, that Tabasco colonic might not be a joke. :-)

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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2009, 12:26:06 PM »
Congrats on the big blue!! 

Dave, I was thinking the same thing on the Tabasco colonic.  At the rate and volume Carter is producing cheese you might even have to ramp that up to the Habanero colonic if he were to take up eating cheese as a profession! ;D

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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2009, 03:58:57 PM »
You guys!!

Chili, what you said reminds me of "Old School" "Here's to you Old Blue".

I went to the doctor and told him I have a piece of cheese for him, I just didn't tell him where it was.

It's hard to remember but I have to keep reminding myself I"m not making 2 gallon cheese and I have to start using my sense of feel for these things. Such as I drained this overnight as I normally do and was going to salt this afternoon after work. It's 8 freakin' gallons and I'm still getting drain off. I can't go by time on these big wheels I'll just keep flipping until whey stops leaking out.
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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2009, 10:19:07 PM »
Old School is one of my favorites. I laughed my butt off: "You're my boy, Blue! You're my boy. "  "We're going streaking!"... classic.

I suppose keep flipping it. Did you have any of the cling-on (Klingon) problems John was having?

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Re: 8 Gallon Blue Cheese
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2009, 01:29:06 AM »
Not in the kitchen, if you catch my meaning. ;)
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