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by jcflorida
Mon Oct 12, 2020 04:58
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lifespan of Apera PH60S pH meter?
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Lifespan of Apera PH60S pH meter?

I agree with what Butterbean posted about the storage solution. I also found that the little bottle of KCl storage solution that came with my Apera meter was pretty inadequate. Also, the crappy gasket on the tip cover leaks, so I store the kit vertically on a bookshelf so that the tip is pointed dow...
by jcflorida
Sun Oct 11, 2020 03:05
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lifespan of Apera PH60S pH meter?
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Lifespan of Apera PH60S pH meter?

I've had my Apera PH60S for a little over 3 years. Maybe used it 60 times or so usually in clusters during fermentation. Just got done fermenting some salami last week, calibrated the meter using fresh pH buffer solutions and it was pretty much OK. So, I can't give any credence to the 2 year life sp...
by jcflorida
Sun Jan 19, 2020 04:48
Forum: Sausages
Topic: summer sausage
Replies: 4
Views: 1169

Re: summer sausage

I do semi dry cured pepperoni similar to what you asked about, but its always either fermented to reduce the pH, or I use encapsulated citric acid (ECA) to reduce the pH. I cook to an internal temperature of about 145º if fermented, or 155º if using ECA. (The melting point of the coating on ECA is v...
by jcflorida
Sat Dec 21, 2019 01:57
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: First Attempt at Whole Muscle Salami - Result and Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 837

Re: First Attempt at Whole Muscle Salami - Result and Questions

Thanks for the replies Bob K and redzed. beef bung would have been better . . . will try that next time Second best would be pasted hog casing sheets . . . I've tried to find these before, but could only find them in small quantities at the Canadian firm Stuffers. They don't ship outside Canada. two...
by jcflorida
Fri Dec 20, 2019 05:27
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: First Attempt at Whole Muscle Salami - Result and Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 837

First Attempt at Whole Muscle Salami - Result and Questions

I recently made my first try at whole muscle salami. Followed the recipe for spicy capocollo from cajuneric's youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFfqwyxC_Zo Except used pork loin instead of pork collar, so I guess its really lonzino. Used a 900g piece of commodity pork loin (Smith...
by jcflorida
Mon Dec 09, 2019 21:15
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Cure #2 with different percent of sodium nitrate
Replies: 12
Views: 1582

Re: Cure #2 with different percent of sodium nitrate

Some 6 years ago, I asked The Sausage Maker about the 1% Sodium Nitrate in their instacure #2 while many references including their own FAQ and other manufacturers use 3.67% to 4% Sodium Nitrate. I got a response that, at best was non-norishing or at worst, they claimed that 4% was a typo in their F...
by jcflorida
Sat Nov 30, 2019 15:42
Forum: For beginners
Topic: Proper Use of Cure #1
Replies: 8
Views: 1531

Re: Proper Use of Cure #1

redzed wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 06:23
a 0.6% European curing salt. I simply add 100g of Cure#1 to 90g of salt
Redzed, did you mean 900 grams of salt (or 10 grams of cure#1)? 100g cure#1 to 90g salt is over 3% sodium nitrite, or am I missing something?
by jcflorida
Fri Nov 29, 2019 19:04
Forum: For beginners
Topic: Proper Use of Cure #1
Replies: 8
Views: 1531

Re: Proper Use of Cure #1

The one teaspoon per 5 pounds sausage mince is about right. In my opinion, 1/2 cup (assuming cure#1 at 6.25% sodium nitrite) is way too much for curing products like corned beef, bacon, or pork loin. I use this calculator for the amount of cure#1 in brine, and it's resulted in successful cure. https...
by jcflorida
Tue Aug 13, 2019 03:31
Forum: For beginners
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 11
Views: 1773

Re: Greetings

Hi Mick, I'm not an expert, but I've been through some of the same issues that you may be encountering. So I'll pass along what I've learned for what its worth. Firstly, your temperature swings are much more extreme than we have here in the Southern US (Florida). Our temperatures mostly range betwee...
by jcflorida
Tue Jul 30, 2019 14:07
Forum: Dry Curing with Tublin: Umai and Banquet Bags
Topic: My First Coppa
Replies: 3
Views: 2646

Re: My First Coppa

BBQBob wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 16:21
Tied, bagged and netted and in the fridge for 8 weeks
That Coppa looks really good. Did you use UMAI bags for aging in the fridge?
by jcflorida
Sat May 25, 2019 16:25
Forum: For beginners
Topic: Post-drying PH is 6.5 - is my sausage safe?
Replies: 7
Views: 1562

Re: Post-drying PH is 6.5 - is my sausage safe?

Agoracritus wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 23:35
if anyone is having trouble finding the Wedliny Domowe main page and section
For what its worth, there is a link at the bottom of each page of this forum that takes you to the Wedliny Domowe main page.
by jcflorida
Mon Apr 22, 2019 00:52
Forum: Sausages
Topic: Semi Dry Cured Pepperoni
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Re: Semi Dry Cured Pepperoni

Hi redzed, Hope you had a great Easter yourself . . . and also that work slacks off a bit soon. I vaguely remember those long hour days, but as an old retired guy, I have lots of time to post on forums that I like to learn from. lactic acid bacteria are intolerant of a high acid environment Thanks f...
by jcflorida
Sat Apr 20, 2019 21:27
Forum: Sausages
Topic: Semi Dry Cured Pepperoni
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Re: Semi Dry Cured Pepperoni

Forgot an important step in the above post. After smoking, the sausage was poached in a sous vide bath at 143ºF for 4 hours.
by jcflorida
Sat Apr 20, 2019 18:54
Forum: Sausages
Topic: Semi Dry Cured Pepperoni
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Semi Dry Cured Pepperoni

It's kind of sad that there has been no new activity on this GREAT site in over 10 days :( So I decided to post the pepperoni we made over the last week or so. Nothing spectacular, but at least it lights up the board :D Here's the recipe: https://i.imgur.com/V5sAibw.jpg We've tried many dry cured an...
by jcflorida
Sun Mar 10, 2019 23:06
Forum: Dry Cured Meats and Sausages
Topic: Very Old Farmers' Bulletins call for Saltpeter, can I use it?
Replies: 11
Views: 2580

Re: Very Old Farmers' Bulletins call for Saltpeter, can I use it?

Bob,

No real need to re-post, I was just wondering if I was doing something wrong. Thanks for the response.