Surface mold starter question

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Surface mold starter question

Post by fatboyz » Thu Dec 22, 2016 02:14

Applied some surface culture to my Genoa today. This is my first time using a surface culture. I diluted it in a spray bottle and applied it. How long does it usually take to start seeing mold growth development.
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Post by Butterbean » Thu Dec 22, 2016 07:26

When the outside of the casing is no longer dripping wet you should begin to see it.
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Post by Bob K » Thu Dec 22, 2016 13:32

This was after 24 hrs...but it can vary. Also note that mold growth will be more prolific at higher humidity levels.

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Post by fatboyz » Thu Dec 22, 2016 20:47

When it's done and you want to slice it do you wash the mold off then ppel the casing off or just peal the casing off with the mold on it?
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Post by Butterbean » Thu Dec 22, 2016 21:35

I slice with the mold on then just peel the casing off the slice if I'm eating it myself. If I'm going to slice a bunch for a plate I just peel the casing off with mold on then slice.
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Post by fatboyz » Fri Dec 23, 2016 14:57

For storage do you peel the casing off and vac pac?
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Post by Bob K » Fri Dec 23, 2016 15:16

Yes remove the casing. If you vac seal with the mold on the surface becomes slimy as the mold dies without O². Vac sealing and storing in fridge for a month or more also evens out the moisure and the further aging also improves the flavor. :mrgreen:
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Post by fatboyz » Fri Dec 23, 2016 20:22

Thanks for the info Bob! Merry Christmas.
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Post by fatboyz » Mon Jan 02, 2017 15:48

I didn't end up with a heavy white mold across all the chubs. I used a spray bottle to apply and it seems either I put too much on and it just ran off? The top halves don't really have any and the bottom halves have a light dusting. Granted I don't have a formal chamber and the mold wasn't applied until after the fermenting stage.
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Post by Bob K » Mon Jan 02, 2017 16:50

How heavy the mold grows will depend on your chamber and the humidity levels. You don't have to have a heavy growth a blotchy one is fine.

Most in the below pic were started the same time as yours. The mold was sprayed when the humidity in the fermenting chamber was 95% + and then transferred to the drying chamber where the humidity level was kept at 85% for the first two weeks. Its now at 82%.

Also of note the mold is already well established in my chamber

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Post by fatboyz » Mon Jan 02, 2017 16:54

Thanks Bob. Do you spritz on the mold or dunk the chubs?
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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Mon Jan 02, 2017 17:02

I spritz, but I still don't get that solid solid like Bob's picture shows, But I normally don't spritz until after the fermentation and they are in the chamber at 54 degrees with slightly less humidity than my fermentation area.. I tried keeping the casings on and vacuum packing them even with the salt rinse to eliminated alot of the mold on the casings. I won't do it again. Removing the casings before vacuuming is the way to go.
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Post by Bob K » Mon Jan 02, 2017 17:06

I spray it on. Does not need a lot. I use 1/8 teaspoon mold to around 1/4 cup water for around 15-20lbs chubs.
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Post by fatboyz » Mon Jan 02, 2017 17:45

Do you use a normal spray bottle or something quite small?
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Post by Bob K » Mon Jan 02, 2017 18:00

Small bottle, normal size nozzle. Use a fine spray.

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