Cheesed off?

While making a new order for ingredients through my online homebrew supply store, I decided to expand my DIY food making into cheese. Several homebrew stores I know also cater to this hobby. This makes sense because, not only do we like to eat what we make, but both involve attention to things like sanitation and basic organic chemistry.

I ordered “Mad Millie’s fresh cheese ingredient kit,” happy to see that the kit includes “everything” I need to make 15kg of fresh cheese.

Well, except for the equipment. The kit comes with herbs (which I don’t need), cheese salt (ditto–kosher will do just fine), sterilizer (again, got it, ’cause I brew).

What I will need is the cheese muslin, vegetarian rennet and some starter culture. Oh, the feta mould and instructions are useful.  All included, but missing some important elements.

What it does not include, nor do the instructions on my homebrew shop mention, is the $100 or so in other cheese-specific equipment. What’s worse, that homebrew shop does not sell this equipment!

So we’ll see where I can get it. I just want anyone who finds this message to be aware that you should pay close attention to the needs of the hobby, before making the jump into it.  My bad, I suppose.


About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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