Fermenting Sausage

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5 years 3 weeks ago #6104 by Pmguinness
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I just purchased the Umai dry 50mm sausage kit and am a first timer sausage maker. Do I need to buy/build a fermenting chamber specifically to ferment the sausage. If it helps I have a finished basement and live in Colorado.

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Patrick

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5 years 3 weeks ago #6105 by Jim
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Hello Patrick,

Welcome to the forum. UMAi Dry allows you to ferment and dry sausage in less than ideal conditions, that is its advantage over other types of casing. We recently had a customer write to us and suggest that a fireplace is a good fermentation area. Below you will see the picture he provided. Basically any space that is away from direct airflow and is reliably maintained at temp higher that 65F can be used to ferment he sausage. The higher the temp in the space say 75F, the faster the sausage will finish fermentation. We used a unused oven to ferment successfully.

Fermenting in a fireplace:


Fermenting in an unused oven:

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5 years 3 weeks ago #6106 by RRP
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Now THAT is an interesting solution! I would never have thought of that location. OTOH I wonder about those folks who still have older gas fired ovens with a continously burning pilot light...or am I really showing my age here? LOL I recall how my Mother would dry bread for stuffing using that low heat environment! Ron

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5 years 3 weeks ago #6107 by Jim
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Hi Ron,

Having a pilot light in the oven or the fire place is probably a benefit
Since the space has to be a minimum of 65F, if the temp goes higher like 75F or 80F
makes fermentation faster and the process a bit more efficient.
We had a pilot light in the oven, but it wasn't helping raise the temp over 65F that much.

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5 years 3 weeks ago #6108 by nepas
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Now thats a great idea if you have a fireplace.

We are full time RV'rs. 40' 5th wheel.
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5 years 2 weeks ago #6126 by Pmguinness
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Thanks for the great info. Is there a recommended humidity level?

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