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Title: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: Lycorys on January 04, 2013, 06:47:36 AM
Morning, all.

I contacted Bob (smolt1) yesterday about getting some presses for the creamery (http://cheeseforum.org/forum/index.php/topic,3760.0.html (http://cheeseforum.org/forum/index.php/topic,3760.0.html)). I am in the process of taking over an existing artisanal creamery and their pressing methods were inconsistent, leading to less than ideal runs. I am making both Tomme and Caerphilly in 30 gallon batches. These yield 8 or so 4# wheels. I use the Tomme molds for both cheeses. I believe I can get two molds in Bob's 14" press. So I would need 4 presses.

I have very little space in the current creamery and a larger industrial press simply won't work, plus I think it's overkill for the small runs I'm doing.

So my question is this: Do you think this is a viable approach or is there another press that would work better? And no offense to you, Bob, your presses are wonderful - I'm just verifying that this is the direction I should go.
Title: Re: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: Shazah on January 05, 2013, 12:38:22 AM
Hi Lycorys

Check out what this sheep cheese maker uses for her presses. 

Northland Sheep Dairy - Cheese Making.mov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn5Gk6QO8J4#ws)

I've always thought if I ever decide I want to make cheese on a grander scale, I would use this set up as inspiration.

Hope this helps.

Cheers
Sharon
Title: Re: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: Lycorys on January 05, 2013, 06:28:04 AM
That's a nice press, Shaz. Unfortunately I have no room in the creamery for that size of footprint. I have plans to move in a year and that space could definitely accommodate a press like that.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: Tiarella on January 05, 2013, 07:03:17 AM
Check out Sailor's set up of ganged presses using pulleys and all lined up along a counter.  Can someone else remember where his forum photo tour of his creamery is located here?
Title: Re: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: H-K-J on January 05, 2013, 09:10:50 AM
That would be right here (http://cheeseforum.org/forum/index.php/topic,4661.0.html)
Title: Re: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: Tiarella on January 05, 2013, 10:09:29 AM
Thanks HJK,  I thought I could count on you or Boofer to know where it was!  I'm still getting lost at times.
 :D
Title: Re: Cheese Press in a small creamery
Post by: tnbquilt on January 05, 2013, 11:03:54 AM
I enjoyed that video, thanks for posting it. I am going to watch the Boone Creek one as well.