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Saanen milk??? Bitter?

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by misfitmorgan, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Jul 5, 2016
    misfitmorgan

    misfitmorgan True BYH Addict

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    Anyone ever notice Saanen milk tasting almost bitter? Our doe's milk all has a bitter taste to it and i have no idea why i have never tasted any goat milk like it.

    Is it possibly something lacking in her diet....or are Saanen's just different for milk i know they have a low butterfat. Our Alpine's always tasted good, i have thought about pasturizing her milk just to see if it gets the bitter part out. Its just missing the sweet flavor milk normally has that im used too.
     
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    babsbag

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    It may very well just be the Saanen milk. I don't particularly care for the Saanen milk I have had to drink. But it could also be diet. See if you can find a cobalt block for her to lick on, it is supposed to help with milk flavor.
     
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    I have heard that Saanen milk isn't that great for drinking...
     
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    misfitmorgan

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    Maybe thats it....i tasted the mini la mancha's milk and its fine. Plan on cheese with the Saanen milk so shall see.

    i did not realize Hoeggers shipping was so slooowwww. i have my culture from New england cheese already and waiting on Hoegger's.
     
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    misfitmorgan

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    i shall look for a cobalt block.
     
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    Our Saanen's milk tasted off when we first started milking her, but now it doesn't at all...
    In my experience, pasteurizing eliminates any goaty flavor, but I have no idea why☺
     
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    Although, the pasteurized goat milk at the store tastes awful! ( in my opinion)
     
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    I AGREE, it is nasty.
    The trick to good milk IMO is milk clean, milk fast, chill even faster. :) If you pasteurize use stainless steel, no aluminum, and chill as fast as you can afterwards. An ice bath is ideal and a salted ice bath is even better. @Southern by choice says that her milk is better if she chills and then pasteurizes and then chills again. I have no experience with that as I pasteurize when warm and then chill but have never tried it the other way.

    Some goats just have better milk too.