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homemade yogurt - getting it tart

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fadista Jan 4, 2011 07:45 PM

I've been making yogurt at home using a Eurocuisine yogurt maker (basically, an incubator), yogourmet starter, and whole milk. I let it set for 14 hours.

The result is good, but not as amazingly tart and flavorful as I find in Indian homes. I will try to track down an Indian "auntie" to give me some starter, but until then, does anyone have the secret to tart, Indian-style yogurt? Is it just the starter, or is there more to it?

I have read the other, very informative yogurt threads. My specific interest is in getting my yogurt more tart.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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    tastesgoodwhatisit Jan 4, 2011 09:38 PM

    I find the longer you ferment it the tarter it gets. So maybe a lower temperature, and longer fermentation time.

    1. boogiebaby Jan 4, 2011 10:44 PM

      Never used an incubator. My mom (the indian auntie LOL) taught me to just bring some milk to the scalding point, turn it off, mix in your starter (maybe 1/4 cup) and then cover and place somewhere semi-warm. I use my oven with the pilot light on. I do it at night and in the morning, my yogurt is ready and goes into the fridge. Presto -- tart indian style yogurt (aka curd).

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      1. re: boogiebaby
        gansu girl Jan 6, 2011 07:12 AM

        this is exactly the way my Lebanese mother did it - and she swore that a good starter was key . . . our yogurt was always nice and tart.

        GG
        http://www.semisweetonline.com

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        LauraGrace Jan 5, 2011 06:51 AM

        The starter is a factor, in my experience. My advice is to find a commercial yogurt you like and use that as a starter instead.

        1. geminigirl Jan 5, 2011 09:29 AM

          I have used the Y1 starter from this site and I find it very tart. I then use that batch as my next starter..
          http://www.cheesemaking.com/cheeseculturesandmoldpowders.html
          I use it in my yogotherm
          http://www.cheesemaking.com/store/p/1...

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            walker Jan 5, 2011 10:57 AM

            I have a newish eurocuisine yogurt maker that I've used 2 or 3 times, setting it for 13 hrs. Can anyone tell me why the bottom part of the yogurt is grainy?

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