Cheese help

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by bmwrtmike, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. I have 2 successful cheese smokes under my belt. I was doing batch 3 today and ran into a snag. My first 2 smokes were both 3 hours in my PID Big Chief. No electric, just my AMNTS with cherry and apple. Today I did alder but at 3 hours there was almost no color, and a quick taste had almost no smoke flavor. It ended up going about 8 hours. Just seemed kind of weird. Any idea on what might have happened? Smoker temps were 70 to 75. Weather in the 50's for all the smokes.
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Alder is a very mild smoke. Good for Fish. Apple is stronger and Cherry is well known for contributing a Mahogany Color to smoked food. Your switch to Alder is the reason for the anemic color and mild flavor...JJ
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2015
  3. Thanks, I kinda thought that might be the issue. Guess I will leave the alder for fish.
  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like hickory for my cheddar cheese as it gives it a sweeter smoke flavour.- but very little colour.
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just read your other post,, good smoke,, see a little color huh??

  6. Thanks. Went back to the cherry

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