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#1 of 4 Old 02-07-2009, 11:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Regarding filmjolk starters and other "counter top" fermenting yogurts...

I am curious as to why the milk does not have to be sterilized prior to culturing. Is it because of the mild temperature of which it needs to rest?

Don't get me wrong, I dislike going to all that trouble. I'm preparing to order one of these type starters and want to make sure this is not some crazy pipe dream.
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Are you using raw milk or pasteurized? Pasteurized milk has already been "sterilized", and raw milk you never want to "sterilize", since that's the point of raw milk.

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keep in mind, though, that if you're using raw milk you will need to keep a pure starter, which means heating up about a cup of milk to over 160 degrees F. but that's just a cup of milk to keep the starter alive, the rest of the milk stays raw.
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It's pasteurized milk. When I make yogurt with store bought yogurt, I always bring my milk up to 185 degrees on the stove top.
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