Now that there is a break in my Cheese Making Class schedule I can play catch up on some the cheeses that I have made. The one I often get asked about is my latest batch of Spruce Wrapped Reblochon, which I have nicknamed “Yukon Raft”. It has been about a month since they were made and I wanted to give an update as to their progress.
I was waiting for the Geotricum to bloom before I could start washing the cheese with the beer that I had selected, around day 4 I was pleased to see that they were ready to get a good coating of the beer wash.
I did learn some interesting things that can be helpful when preparing your wash solution. (more…)
They say that curiosity killed the cat. Sometimes this can be applied to cheese making too. I have been curious how the Amber Crossing, my spruce wrapped-amber ale washed, cheeses would turn out. I know that the cheeses are less than 60 days old, but it was time to try at least the one that did not have a strap, as a quality control measure. Well that is what I was telling myself to justify opening it early.
This wheel was only washed with the ale for 7 days, I was concerned that the paste was softening too fast so I stopped the wash early. These were some of the factors I would have to consider while tasting it. The main question remained…How would it taste? (more…)