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by Agoracritus
Tue Aug 20, 2019 02:17
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

And thanks Bob K, (et al)
For all of your helpful tips and specific advice.
by Agoracritus
Tue Aug 20, 2019 01:48
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

Looks great. Glad they turned out well. Odd about your loss of taste. Any medical term for that phenomena? Just curious. Thanks BB, Dysgeusia (or Paraguesia) is the medical term for the particular symptom (altered or loss of the sense of taste), that can be caused by many different medical conditio...
by Agoracritus
Thu Aug 15, 2019 23:39
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

THEY’RE DONE!!! 😃 At just about 3-1/2 weeks, the sausages (basic versions of Landjaegers) have all lost between 41-43% weight (with just a few stragglers left in the curing chamber for a few more days). I vacuum sealed them in bundles to “equalize” in a mini-fridge, for a couple weeks before I finis...
by Agoracritus
Wed Aug 14, 2019 01:04
Forum: For beginners
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Greetings

As pretty much anyone with experience building curing chambers knows, there’s no such thing as a universal design. (As you are already aware of, and is a caveat with most specific/helpful recommendations) With so many different regional climates, seasonal and even daily fluctuations, it basically co...
by Agoracritus
Mon Aug 12, 2019 22:40
Forum: For beginners
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Greetings

Greetings Mick! It looks like you’re well on your way down the right track, and have definitely come to the right place for asking specific questions that are difficult to find the answers to anywhere else. Just as a heads up though; sometimes it can take awhile to get your questions answered (espec...
by Agoracritus
Mon Aug 12, 2019 02:10
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

Regardless of cost they should all be calibrated on a regulator basis I should probably specify that I’ve spent $$, (not $$$), on hygrometers. I don’t currently own a hygrometer that can be adjusted for calibration. I’ve looked into meters that can be calibrated, and various methods for calibrating...
by Agoracritus
Mon Aug 12, 2019 00:08
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

I just discovered today that the humidity readings on my humidistat (that I thought was also my most accurate hygrometer), are actually off by about 10%. 🤨 That means that in all of my posts and replies regarding setting my curing chamber between 63-69% Rh, (in order to get the desired rates of dryi...
by Agoracritus
Wed Aug 07, 2019 06:31
Forum: Sausages
Topic: TRANSLATING SAUSAGE RECIPES
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: TRANSLATING SAUSAGE RECIPES

Incidentally, the fact that internet recipes are all over the place never surprises me, but when a recipe has thousands of views and hundreds of likes and comments without a single person pointing out a glaring error, like WAY too much salt...it always blows my mind a bit. That’s what I like about f...
by Agoracritus
Wed Aug 07, 2019 01:12
Forum: Sausages
Topic: TRANSLATING SAUSAGE RECIPES
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: TRANSLATING SAUSAGE RECIPES

My pleasure. One of my favorite stories my mom tells sometimes is about learning how to cook on her own (before the internet), and was following a recipe that called for three cloves of garlic, which she mistook for “bulbs”. 🥴🤢🤮 (I should probably mention that she’s a really good cook today.)
by Agoracritus
Tue Aug 06, 2019 22:48
Forum: Sausages
Topic: TRANSLATING SAUSAGE RECIPES
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: TRANSLATING SAUSAGE RECIPES

[quote=polka post_id=41911 time=1565089160 user_id=5110 Separate question: I found a "Russian Sausage" either here, or elsewhere, that has 3 TBSP caraway, and 3 TBSP dill seed in a 5# batch of sausage. It appears to be a Kielbasa with added onion, and the "extra" seeds. If you are even vaguely famil...
by Agoracritus
Sun Aug 04, 2019 07:23
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

So, I’ve basically learned that progressive pictures of the curing stage is kind of pointless. In fact they seem to be more misleading than helpful for any kind of reference. Even though all of the sausages have lost almost 30% of their initial weight (at the two week mark) many of them don’t look t...
by Agoracritus
Fri Aug 02, 2019 06:59
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

Update: -At the 10 day weight check (the other day), the second batch of sausages had lost about 20%. -Very uniform color, firmness/density (and no dry rim or case hardening). -They still look and smell exactly how I hoped they would (at this stage), and seem to be right on track for a 40% +/- weigh...
by Agoracritus
Fri Jul 26, 2019 02:25
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

That problem can be solved. Stefans build from a side by side. Thanks for the link. I thought about doing that, but my concern was that the freezer has a fan as part of the cooling system that really blasts the air around. Even if I disarmed the fan, the air exchange part of the freezer cooling sys...
by Agoracritus
Thu Jul 25, 2019 00:33
Forum: Dry Curing with Tublin: Umai and Banquet Bags
Topic: My First Coppa
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: My First Coppa

Nice!!!

I think Coppa just jumped to the top of my next “to do” list.

Thanks for the motivation/inspiration.
by Agoracritus
Wed Jul 24, 2019 23:32
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Drying fast fermented sausages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1212

Re: Drying fast fermented sausages?

I needed to place an order for two of those please! Nice work, agoracritus! I can't help to notice, is that a mini fridge you're using as a curing chamber? Thanks Bob, It’s actually a fairly large side by side fridge/freezer I got for free on Craigslist. (It just looks kind of like a mini-fridge in...