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Exploring Cheese "Caves", a meeting with Gabe Jackson and Friends

Join Gabe and others from the club who have explored methods of aging cheese with humidty control and temperature control. 

Any cheesemaker that wants to take their hobby seriously eventually must create an appropriate "cave" for aging.

Many Wheyward Bound members have done this. For this meeting, Gabe will lead us through the topic with discussions and presentations added by our members that have succeeded with their own home cheese caves.

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  • Nancy V.

    btw, this is Gabe...somehow logged in as Nancy..woops!

    June 1, 2012

  • Nancy V.

    Beverage People has had them for brewers for years, come down and check em out!

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I get a model # for the Johnson control. Thanks!!

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!

    May 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good info Gabe - is that true with Bries?

    May 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Tom, I'll look again. So far my attempts with the thermostats have not been successful. But to be honest, mechanics is not my interest, so thankfully I have a great husband who helps me out there. Good thing he likes my cheese!

    May 31, 2012

  • Tom B.

    Some fridges have a little adjustment screw on the thermostat, too, and people have been able to adjust the upper end of the range of their standard fridge by tweaking the screw...if yours has an adjustment it might save you the cost of an external controller...but you'd have to measure the temperature with another thermometer to see where it ended up!

    May 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Monty! I remember you saying that in the meeting. I just couldn't remember the details!

    May 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shelley: we use a Johnson Controls device to override the fridge's thermostat and dial in the desired temp. I too had a fridge without a Johnson Controls & here is what I did. I plugged in the fridge and put it to warmest setting. Then made a shelf out of styrofoam and wedged it between the box were you put the ice cube tray & the main body of the fridge. This tricks the fridge into thinking the whole fridge is 40*F when it is not. Temp the space below the styrofoam, poke holes until right

    May 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm trying to figure out how to come out of the dark ages and plug in my mini refreg to use instead of using frozen water bottles for keeping my temp at ~54 degrees. Neither of my mini refregs will get up to 54 F. What have you folks been doing who have mini refregs to maintain 50-55 degrees?

    May 29, 2012

  • linda c.

    I learned a lot of different tips & tricks, and styles of devices to measure/change humidity and temperature in my cave. There are definitely a lot of low key ways, as well as super-duper high tech ways to age cheese! Thanks everyone for sharing this info and delicious cheese!

    May 26, 2012

  • Tom B.

    For the curd herders with too many computers, there's a nifty USB dongle type gadget called the "TemperHum" which you can get for under $25. It attaches to a USB cable and measures both temperature and humidity. It comes with software and there is other free software you can get for it to monitor your cave's climate. You can make it upload your temp & humidity numbers to a web site and have it text message you if the conditions are out of spec! Just Google "TemperHum" and you'll see.

    May 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    An informative meet up, Thanks Gabe.

    May 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great information! Lots of helpful suggestions, especially for those of us with "wine" refrigerators having humidity issues... Thanks so much!

    May 25, 2012

  • Kathy L.

    Wonderful evening - I really learned a lot. Thanks everyone, especially Gabe!

    May 25, 2012

  • Nora C.

    I would love to know how to set hygrometer I bought front the bp.I called Flordia, where you all order them from, and they told me they were only a distribution center and could not help with that. I am now assuming that it must be ok and doesn't need setting.

    May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sweet, thanks for the help! I've got to go by and check out the new location! Happy Easter and have a great weekend.
    Stan

    April 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I bought a hygrometer from the Beverage people. It measure temp & humidity. :)

    April 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome idea, how do you measure the humidity?

    April 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I use an open large ziplock baggie full mostly of ice w/ a little water in it. I also leave shot glasses full of water in different spots in the freg and I use the wet paper towels in the cheese tray to get 85% relative humidity. I just cut into my first successful brie and it was getting the caves under control that was the toughest part of making the brie!! Good luck!

    April 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just picked up a med size refrigerator...free :-) and was wondering about humidity control. i know I can get the temperature with the (can't think of the name) device. Looking forward to my first cheese!

    April 6, 2012

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