Friday, May 28, 2010

Setting Up a Cheese Making Room

You may already know Noah and Sue Goddard from their forums about raising goats and making cheese.  Their BASIC CHEESEMAKING forum is very active and you may find it helpful- especially if you are raising your own dairy goats and making cheese with the milk.  To sign up, go to:  BASICCHEESEMAKING@yahoogroups.com

We thought this article would be interesting to any of you who are thinking about setting up a cheesemaking space.  Noah and Sue were kind enough to let us share it with you:

 

CHEESE ROOM  2008 - 2009

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THIS IS OUR WELCOME SIGN ABOVE THE DECK TO THE RIGHT OF THE DOUBLE  DOOR ENTRANCE ON THE WEST SIDE OF OUR NEW BARN THAT LEADS TO THE CHEESE MAKING AREA.

MVC-007S.jpg SUE IS TAKING A BREAK FROM MAKING CHEESE TO ADMIRE HER NEW DECK AND AWNING.   Summer 2009 MVC-001S - bathroom including shower.jpg

THIS IS THE FULL BATHROOM INCLUDING A SHOWER WHICH IS LOCATED TO THE RIGHT OF THE WALL IN THIS PICTURE.  LIKE THE MILK PARLOR, THE BATHROOM IS FINISHED WITH THE SHEETROCK AND MARLITE COMBINATION FOR EASY CLEANING.

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THIS IS THE 40-GALLON WATER HEATER SEPARATED FROM THE REST OF THE CHEESE ROOM BY A SOLID DOOR AS REQUIRED BY BOTH BUILDNG CODE AND DAIRY DIVISION REGULATIONS.   THE WATER HEATER AREA ALSO HAS ITS OWN FLOOR DRAIN.

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THIS AREA LEADS FROM THE CHEESE ROOM INTO THE MILKING PARLOR.   NOTICE THE STAINLESS STEEL HAND SINK AND THE HOT AND COLD FAUCETS TO THE RIGHT OF THE SINK.   THE  CHEESE AND MILK PROCESSING ROOM ARE SEPARATED BY SOLID DOORS AS REQUIRED BY DAIRY DIVISION REGULATIONS.   THE INTERIOR OF THE CHEESE PROCESSING ROOM HAS THE SAME SHEETROCK AND MARLITE COMBINATION AS THE PARLOR TO PERMIT WASH DOWN AND EASIER CLEANING.

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A LARGE THREE-PART STAINLESS STEEL SINK REQUIRED BY DAIRY DIVISION REGULATIONS, WITH DRAIN BOARDS ON EACH END.   WE HAVE PLENTY OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING AS WELL AS NATURAL LIGHTING THROUGH THE WINDOWS.

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THE REFRIGERATOR SITS ALONG THE SOUTH WALL OF THE CHEESE MAKING ROOM AND HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROOM TO ACCOMODATE THE PASTEURIZER AND OTHER EQUIPMENT.

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THE STAINLESS STEEL WORK TABLE SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM BUT HAS BEEN REPOSITIONED 3 FEET TO THE NORTH TO MAKE MORE ROOM FOR THE PASTEURIZER AND CHILLER TANK.   THE BLACK OBJECT ABOVE THE CENTER OF THE TABLE IS A POWER CORD EXTENDING DOWN FROM THE CEILING TO POWER THE HOT PLATE AND DIGITAL SCALE, ETC. 
  
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FRANK AND MARY KIPE
MICRODAIRY DESIGNS, LLC 
13339 SMITHSBURG PIKE
 SMITHSBURG, MARYLAND 21783
AT OUR FARM TO INSTALL OUR
PASTEURIZER AND CHILLER TANK.
 AN IN DEPTH TUTORIAL, DETAILED STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND SUPPLEMENTAL VIDEOTAPE COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF OPERATION ARE PROVIDED WITH THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION.
THEY CAN BE CONTACTED AT
frank@kipe.com
or
301-824-3689  (cell) 301-988-2388
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cheese vat MVC-007S.jpg A 22-GALLON CHEESE VAT IS SEEN IN THE FOREGROUND.  THE PASTEURIZER WITH DUAL HEATERS IS IN THE BACKGROUND. Install Pasteurizer MVC-004S.jpg

FRANK IS CONNECTING WIRING TO THE DUAL HEATER ELEMENTS WHILE MARY PREPARES A CHEESE VAT.
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THIS IS THE WEST ENTRANCE TO OUR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED DAIRY PARLOR AND CHEESE MAKING FACILITY WITH A 9 FOOT BY 24 FOOT AWNING COVERING THE DECK AND DOUBLE DOORS.   OUR WELCOME SIGN IS IN THE DISTANCE.
 IT WILL BE SPRING NOW BEFORE WE GET GRASS PLANTED.

New Dairy Barn - Looking East - MVC-002S.jpg THIS IS THE WEST ENTRANCE TO OUR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED DAIRY PARLOR AND CHEESE MAKING FACILITY  AFTER THE BLIZZARD, DECEMBER 25, 2009. 
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EVERYTHING IS STAINLESS STEEL- TOWEL DISPENSER, SINK, FAUCETS, ETC.

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WE KEEP OUR SWIFT MICROSCOPE STORED IN THE OFFICE / STORE ROOM AREA ALONG WITH MEDICATIONS, VACCINES, SEMEN TANKS, ETC.   IT  IS ON A WORK TABLE WITH ROLLERS SO THAT WE CAN MOVE IT EASILY INTO THE PARLOR WHEN NEEDED.
  ATTACHING WALL BRACKETS FOR THE AIR SPACE HEATER AND THERMOMETERS.  Pump and bottler on chilling tank MVC-012S.jpg

INSTALLATION CONTINUES.   THE BOTTLE CAPPER AND PUMP SIT ON TOP OF THE CHILLER TANK TO THE RIGHT OF THE PASTEURIZER.

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 MORE WALL BRACKETS TO HOLD THERMOMETERS, PROBE, AIR SPACE HEATER AND OTHER CONTROLS WHEN NOT IN USE. Lid MVC-013S.jpg

FRANK CHECKING THE LID, AGITATOR AND AGITATOR MOTOR TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING FITS WELL.

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INSTALLATION IS COMPLETED.   BRACKETS ON THE SOUTH WALL HOLD THE CHART RECORDER AND PROBE, AIR SPACE HEATER,
PRODUCT AND AIR SPACE THERMOMETERS.  THE WHITE OBJECT ABOVE THE LID IS THE AGITATOR MOTOR.   THE STAINLESS STEEL OBJECT ON THE SIDE OF THE PASTEURIZER IS THE DUAL 220 VOLT HEATER.
A CHEESE VAT IS IN THE FOREGROUND.


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TAKING A BREAK AFTER COMPLETING THE INSTALLATION.

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FRANK EXPLAINING THE OPERATION OF THE CHART RECORDER TO SUE WHILE MARY PREPARES TO DEMONSTRATE THE BOTTLING SYSTEM.

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Current plans are to make cheese, yogurt, sour cream, chocolate milk and fudge with a focus on marketing to restaurants, farmers markets, direct consumer and internet sales.
We will also continue to sell raw ungraded fluid milk here at the farm.
Noah L. and Sue A. Goddard
GODDARD FARM PUREBRED NUBIAN DAIRY GOATS
1801 East 335TH. ROAD
Lecompton, KS 66050-4037
ph: 785-887-6083
alt: 816-804-9532

2 comments:

Sheri said...

Hello,
We are in Pleasanton, Kansas and are setting up a cheesemaking facility for our Jersey cows and Alpine goats. My question is about the lab testing equipment. How much equipment is necessary, what tests need to be done, and how much does the equipment cost?

Jeri said...

Sheri,
These are good questions. It might be a good idea for you to join the forum at BASICCHEESEMAKING@yahoo.com. Also, you can contact the Goddards directly at nubians@earthlink.net. Best wishes with your new facility.
Jeri