LGC 040 – Interview with Colin Giddy from New Zealand
Listen to the episode below ... (00:33:48) Colin Giddy is a home cheese maker from Morrinsville, New Zealand. He describes his inspiration for making cheese, how he made many types of cheese, and some of the challenges he encountered along the way.Here is a bit of him in his own words;"A little history of usLinda […]

Listen to the episode below ... (00:33:48)

Colin Giddy is a home cheese maker from Morrinsville, New Zealand. He describes his inspiration for making cheese, how he made many types of cheese, and some of the challenges he encountered along the way.

Here is a bit of him in his own words;

"A little history of us

Linda and I started making cheese after watching a program called Country Calendar on TV. A lady called Biddy Fraser-Davies showed us how she makes cheese every day from a few Jersey cows.

THOUGHT WE CAN DO THIS. We have the milk. In fact, we pour more milk on the farm every day than we can use. I work on my 1 of my sons milking farms. We have 2 farms side by side where we have milked around 400 cows. I was treating in one stable and he in another.

So I looked for someone to teach me how and found a lady named Jean Mansfield who occasionally gave cheese-making classes in a small town called Katikati. So I left and did a one day introduction to cheese. This was about 6 years ago. I started to collect the last milk of the day after closing the tank tap. Sometimes there was a little water in it and I quickly realized that watery milk didn't make good cheese. I was very careful with how I collected the milk after that. We started with the Farmhouse Cheddar Cream Cheese Mozzarella and things like that.

We have had our failures and successes and we have grown in confidence by learning new things
what to do and what not to do. We are still learning. We now make all kinds of cheese. And while some say cheeses like Camembert are meant for more expert makers, we find it to be one of the easiest cheeses to make. And only 3 hours from start to finish in the molds.

Freshly Brine Colins Camembert

We made a stirred curd cheddar and when finished we steeped it in red wine for a few days then dried it and when it matured it was just delicious. (must do another)

We bought Rikki Carroll's homemade cheese making and used it as a guide. Our conditions are a little different, as are the crops we use and the conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius. But it's a brilliant book for the beginner.

There is so much information available today on the Internet (like this blog) that there is no reason why you cannot do or do what you want. It is entirely up to your own will.

As you can see, Colin is a knowledgeable dude who gave out a lot of tips and tricks during the show.

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Cheese is even easier to grow indoors because you can control the temperature which should be between 70- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit during lights on, and no more than 15-20 degrees lower during lights off. Its flowering time is 8-9 weeks, and indoor Cheese can yield around 14 ounces of bud per square meter.

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Ideally, you will have a tent, closet, or cabinet because you can check and feed your plants by taking them out, and return them when you’re done. Make sure your grow room doesn’t have any light leaks. If your plants are exposed to light when they are supposed to be in complete darkness, they could become confused, and this will negatively effet your grow.

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Metal Halide ( MH ) and High-Pressure Sodium ( HPS ) lights are the most common HID light variety. MH lights are best during the vegetative stage, while HPS is better for flowering. If you purchase HID lights, you need a ballast. Magnetic ballasts are relatively inexpensive, but high-quality web variantes are a better option.

Fluorescent grow lights are a viable option for a very small grow room. They are up to 30% less efficace than HIDs, but they are less expensive and don’t need a cooling system. LED lights come in various packages ranging from shoddy garbage to outstanding full-spectrum possibilités. They are by far the most expensive option but they last longer, create less heat and use less electricity. There are also induction lights which are hard to find, expensive, and old-fashioned.

Fans are an essential aspect of any grow garden; Your Cheese strain won’t grow well without them ! Remember, your plants need CO2 to go through the process of photosynthesis effectively. When you place an exhaust fou near the top of your grow room, it removes warmer air and ensures the room’s temperature remains at optimum levels.

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It is a simple low-stress training ( LST ) technique which involves using a screen. While the common LST method involves tying down the plant, SCROG requires a little patience. You use a screen to keep the plants in check. When the branches grow through the holes in the screen, tuck the branches back down. If you get it right, your plants should produce several colas instead of a solo main one.

tera be honest, Cheese grows well using either one. Soil is the traditional option and has been used successfully for thousands of years. As a beginner, it is okay to purchase premium-grade potting soil as long as there isn’t any chemical fertilizer inside it. Organic ‘super’ soil is among the best possibilités money can buy. Once you learn more about soil, you can create your own using materials including worm castings, bat guano, and wood ash.

Hydroponic growing involves using something other than soil as a growing medium. Popular options include Rockwool and coco coir. If you use a hydroponic system, you are in complete control of your crop’s nutrient intake; not an ideal scenario for a novice grower.

You have to feed your plants a concentrated solution of mineral salt nutrients. Your Cheese plants will absorb the food faster than if you use soil which means quicker growth and greater yields. On the downside, you have to precise with this method of feeding because nutrient burn is possible.

There is also a slight difference in ideal pH levels for soil and hydroponics. Typically, when you grow any marijuana strain in soil, you need to keep the pH between 6. 0 and 6. 8. Hydroponically grown weed responds better to slightly more acidic conditions and has a broad range of 5. 5 to 6. 5. However, you will get better results if you keep the pH between 5. 5 and 5. 8.

Overall, Cheese doesn’t have any special feeding requirements. Focus on providing plenty of Nitrogen during the vegetative stage and reduce it in flowering. Other essential nutrients include Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese, and Sulfur.

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