Is Making Cheese Difficult?
No, not at all. Anyone who can follow a recipe can make cheese! However, like any new adventure there are basic things to learn. We suggest that beginners start with soft cheeses or yogurt. Procedures can be found in a book, or on the internet, but The Home Brew Barn suggest that you take an introductory class. Cheesemaking is as much as an art as it is a science.
Is taking a class a big commitment?
Introductory classes are 1 session and take about two hours. The cost of the classes are usually $35 and by taking the class, you will get started making great cheeses quicker!
Do I have to take a class to make cheese?
No, you do not; however, by taking a class at The Home Brew Barn you will experience superior results. This is largely due to the fact that you will actually see how a soft cheese is made. Seeing all of the equipment and additives and how they are utilized maximizes your success
How much of my time will the class take?
Most soft cheeses can be made in an hour or less. When you make it the first time, it may take a little longer because you are learning the process and setting up your "cheese kitchen".
Do I need a special area to make the cheese?
No, it can be made right in your kitchen. To make any type of cheese all you need is a normal size work area, stovetop and sink. Some cheeses require heating and/or draining, while others do not.
How much cheese would I make at a time?
Typically when beginning your recipe would start with a gallon of milk, cream or half and half. Recipes and types of cheese vary, but this will yield 1-2lbs of cheese. As you become more proficient, you can make batches of just about any size.
Is it expensive to make my own cheese?
On average, the cost will be approximately 1 1/4 times the cost of a gallon of milk depending on the type of cheese. The Home Brew Barn offers Mad Millie line of additives and equipment making kits. Their products result in superior tasting cheeses with larger yields. We also offer our own inexpensive basic kits to get you started; where you can add or change equipment as you go. These kits have enough ingredients to make 15-30lbs of cheese!