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Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-third annual convention November 14, 15, 1934 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Curing cheese at the factory. Curing room construction,   pp. 37-41 PDF (1.3 MB)

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names don't happen to be on the program but held up their hands,
would get up and say a word or two and tell us whether they like the
outfit, or if they think it isn't so good.
MR. WmuTRICH: Mr. Chairman, I believe it is a very good thing.
We have a curing room and we put some pipe in. We run an ice ma-
chine and the cold air circulates through there and that makes the air
just about right. In two days we have a nice rind on the cheese and it
holds its shape pretty well, and I believe there isn't anything better
the cheese maker can do than install an outfit to cool the curing room.
SECRETARY: Is there anyone here that has the curing room cooled
with natural ice?
MR. ZILL: This last summer I had about 50 tons of ice to begin
with and I found out the curing room wasn't insulated as well as it
might be, and the ice was gone before the summer was over. I didn't
have room there in the first place to build a big enough ice house to
hold enough ice to carry me through, so I thought the best thing
would be to put in an ice machine. I think the ice machine worked all
right only I have to insulate a little better. We put in over a ton of
cheese a day and therefore it took a lot of ice to keep that curing
room cool and not being insulated the way it should be the ice melted
too fast.
PRESIDENT WHITING: I would like to ask a question. I am particu-
larly interested in this cooling of the curing room because I plan on
building one myself, but I happen to be unfortunate not to have the
high line passing my factory. I plan on using natural ice. How is
your curing room insulated?
MR. ZILL: Well, in our curing room, we have three thicknesses of
boards with air space and paper between and we also put shavings in
the wall and find that isn't enough. We are going to insulate with
cork. We have no high line either.
PRESIDENT WHITING: How much shavings did you use for
MR. ZELL: In one part there is about four inches, but in that part
we built on we have 12 inches of shavings, that is, we have 12 inch
PRESIDENT WHITING: You find 12 inches of shavings is not suffi-
cient insulation?
MR. ZILL: It doesn't work very well.
PRESIDENT WHITING: I am glad to have that information. Is there
anyone else?
MR. PETERS: I have had an ice cooler for the last 24 years. It is
all right; it works fine. The only trouble we have with ice cooling is
that we have to have good ventilation, otherwise it will be too wet
PRESIDENT WHITING: Is there anyone else that has something to
offer? I think perhaps there has been an improvement made in build-
ing these curing rooms and using natural ice the same as everything
else. Since I have been wanting to build I visited two different curing
rooms which are cooled with natural ice. One happens to be a Frank
Buss, over at Caroline. He claims he held it at a temperature of 43',
I asked him about the dampness of this curing room and he said you
could strike a match any place in this curing room. He painted in
this curing room in the summer time, so it must have been dry.
Ma EULER: Do you think that with ice you have relative humidity
control, and can control the proper humidity in your room for this
product as it comes out of the hoop?
MR. EULER: Don't you think that is a very important thing?
PRESIDENT WHITING: Yes, I think it is.
MR. EuLER: Because in our curing room, I know in my years of
experience we can lose a lot in four days, which is a loss to our pa-
trons as well as to us.

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