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Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« on: April 23, 2012, 11:49:09 AM »
Hi there, I have the DCI Supreme liquid rennet that is double concentrate.  It says to use 1/2 a tsp for 2 gallons of milk.  When I do that the cheese is usually firm and slightly rubbery.  I was wondering if I use a really small amount, like 1/8th teaspoon or less will that give me a much creamier and soft cheese?  Will it coagulate in the same time or take a lot longer?  Thanks!


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Re: Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 01:53:42 PM »
Do you use the clean break or the flocculation method to tell when the curd has set? If you us the flocc method, you can use the time it takes to get to surface gelling to say whether you're using too much rennet.

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Re: Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 03:42:40 PM »
There are various factors other then rennet which determines the texture of the final cheese.  what kind of cheese are you trying to make?
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Re: Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 09:19:08 PM »
I am using raw goats milk and want to make a soft, spreadable fresh goat cheese without doing a 18 hour or long lactic make.  I want to be able to make it in a couple of hours  and am wondering if I can do that with just rennet.  Someone told me add vinegar to get to a ph of 5.2 and then add a couple of drops to make to make it work. 

What is floccuation method?

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Re: Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 10:00:54 PM »
What's the rush?

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Re: Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 07:32:21 AM »
I am using raw goats milk and want to make a soft, spreadable fresh goat cheese without doing a 18 hour or long lactic make.  I want to be able to make it in a couple of hours  and am wondering if I can do that with just rennet.  Someone told me add vinegar to get to a ph of 5.2 and then add a couple of drops to make to make it work.
You can make an acid coagulated bag cheese, but you won't get much flavor. I've done those a lot with whole milk to make a quick cheese spread by adding spices. But since you've got raw goats milk, it seems tragic not to make a nice chevre - it's so easy to do, and it tastes so great! I make my cow's milk version by pre-ripening the milk a bit before I add the rennet, then let it go 24 hours, ladle it into a cloth lined colander, then gather up the corners and let it hang another 12-24 hours.
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Re: Chevre Making - Noobie Questions
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 07:38:23 AM »
Yep, ditto that. If you don't want to wait, then start 1-2 days beforehand for a cheese you want to eat. And then keep it going, making a new batch every 2-3 days so you always have a pipeline of fresh cheese.
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