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post #1 of 10
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Got a mid-week smoking bug and decided to give cheese a go with whatever I had in the fridge. Managed to find about half of a block of medium cheddar, so I chopped it up into 6 rectangle pieces and set it in the fridge on Wednesday night.

 

When I woke up for work on Thursday morning, I took out my blocks and left them on the counter for the day.

 

Got home from work Thursday at 5:30 and fired up my Big Chief and filled the pan with maple chips and put my cheese in. I managed to keep the temps between 75-90F through the 3.5 hour smoke by keeping the door cracked.

 

After smoked, I kept on a rack at room temperature for a day or so, then vac-sealed and put in the fridge. I have not tasted any yet and I'm really not sure how long I'm going to wait..

 

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Threw an ice pack and some ice cubes in there to help keep temp down. Told Ms. Duke I was making smoked ice.:icon_lol:

 

 

post #2 of 10
Great Lookin cheese man ! icon14.gif I just recently done my first as well, from what I understand it has to mellow for a few weeks or it will taste bitter !
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Great Lookin cheese man ! icon14.gif I just recently done my first as well, from what I understand it has to mellow for a few weeks or it will taste bitter !

 

Good to know! It sure smelled smokey. I'm afraid I might have overdone it. Guess I'll find out in a few weeks!

 

Is it just me, or is there a lot of waiting in this hobby? head-wall.gif

post #4 of 10
Did you have a cocktail with your smoked ice! Looks good the wait is the hardest part but worth it!
post #5 of 10

Most say 14 day wait But i promise you 30 days is better. i have some that is 2 years old in the fridge and i really saw a difference up until the 6 month mark.

 after 6 months i can't tell / taste any difference.

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Originally Posted by WaterinHoleBrew View Post

Great Lookin cheese man ! icon14.gif I just recently done my first as well, from what I understand it has to mellow for a few weeks or it will taste bitter !

Good to know! It sure smelled smokey. I'm afraid I might have overdone it. Guess I'll find out in a few weeks!

Is it just me, or is there a lot of waiting in this hobby? head-wall.gif

Haha, there is waiting for sure.... But that's why Q & brew go together so well ! Just saying ! biggrin.gif
post #7 of 10

Nice Cheese    Great Job

 

Gary

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Most say 14 day wait But i promise you 30 days is better. i have some that is 2 years old in the fridge and i really saw a difference up until the 6 month mark.

 after 6 months i can't tell / taste any difference.

 

Yikes! I better start doing some larger batches!

 

 

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Originally Posted by WaterinHoleBrew View Post


Haha, there is waiting for sure.... But that's why Q & brew go together so well ! Just saying ! biggrin.gif

 

I like your style!

:beercheer:cheers.gif

post #9 of 10

DB, Looks great, start another batch soon!

post #10 of 10

This is sweet - I bought my cheese and I'm just goofing off until I get a cool day to do it on.  Keep up the good work.

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