I've made it quite a few times over the past few years and it turns out seemingly ok, but the flavor just isn't as yummy as what I usually buy at the store.
I just don't get it. I use delicious raw jersey milk which I love, and as a starter I use a little of the plain organic whole milk Nancy's that I buy. It is also really tasty - I love it just plain. Somehow, the end result just isn't as nice in flavor though.
Could it be that I need to purchase a starter instead?
My method is: heat milk gently to 180, cool to 110, stir in 1TBS starter yogurt/qt milk (I use mason jars) and let sit overnight - usually ~ 12hours, sometimes a little more or less. It sets up pretty well (occasionally I've gotten a grainy texture). To keep it warm while it cultures, I put it in a small cooler with a hot water bottle.
Any ideas? I really want to make my own, but I eat a lot of yogurt daily and I'm just not really into it like I love my Nancy's (which has milk powder and is made with homogenized milk unfortunately :( ) .
Oh I also tried a locally made yogurt that uses non homogenized milk and noticed the flavor was similar to my homemade. Could that be it?
Thanks for any input!