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Cheese Aging Cave

Completed cheese aging cave during January 2011 when we had quite a bit of snowfall!

Completed cheese aging cave during January 2011 when we had quite a bit of snowfall!

Construction Progress of Underground Cheese Aging Cave

Many of you have heard or read about our cheese aging cave. A bridge leading to the hillside was the first stage of construction. Then we needed a big hole in the ground. Since our hills are solid rock we had to have the area blasted to break up the rock for removal. 40 - 3"+ holes were drilled and filled with explosives and detonated in succession. The whole hillside lifted up and after the dust settled there was lots of exposed chunks of rock.
 
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The pictures below show the work to build our cheese aging cave. It is a big undertaking but the completed structure will hold all the cheese we could possibly ever make and it will age in the old traditional way. At the back of the cave are two rooms - one will be for hard cheeses, Parker and Tanasi Tomme, maybe some cheddar. The smaller room on the right will hold bloomy rind cheese, Cave Spring. There is also a brine room for feta. Check here to see the changes...


Future bridge leading to cheese cave site

Future bridge leading to cheese cave site


 

Setting forms to fill with concrete

Setting forms to fill with concrete


 

Walls poured and roadbed back filled

Walls poured and roadbed back filled


Excavating the site after blasting

Excavating the site after blasting


 

Some of the rocks were very large

Some of the rocks were very large


 

Unloading rocks - many dump truck loads

Unloading rocks - many dump truck loads


Forming floor for underground cheese aging cave

Forming floor for underground cheese aging cave


 

Perimeter form boards

Perimeter form boards


 

Jim at entrance to cave

Jim at entrance to cave


Foundation layout with plastic sheeting and rebar

Foundation layout with plastic sheeting and rebar


 

Entrance walkway

Entrance walkway


 

31 yards of concrete for the floor

31 yards of concrete for the floor


Exterior form for walls, interior door bucks in place

Exterior form for walls, interior door bucks in place


 

Door buck for entrance door

Door buck for entrance door


 

Metal forms set up for the outside walls

Metal forms set up for the outside walls


Forms at the entrance to cave

Forms at the entrance to cave


 

Forms show the interior walls and rooms

Forms show the interior walls and rooms


 

Concrete being pumped into the forms

Concrete being pumped into the forms


Cave entrance

Cave entrance


 

Concrete forms removed

Concrete forms removed


 

Cave walls and doors

Cave walls and doors


Entrance - working on the support for ceiling

Entrance - working on the support for ceiling


 

Plywood will cover ceiling to support concrete

Plywood will cover ceiling to support concrete


 

Inside tunnel toward entrance

Inside tunnel toward entrance


Perimeter form & steel reinforcing for ceiling

Perimeter form & steel reinforcing for ceiling


 

Two layers of rebar for strength

Two layers of rebar for strength


 

Ceiling almost done - one more truck - 38 yards

Ceiling almost done - one more truck - 38 yards


Exterior Fresh Air
Air Intake

Thin wall plastic pipe is attached to the exterior walls that will collect cool fresh air to bring into the cave for air exchange. The intake is the vertical pipe on the right. When the back filling is complete the pipe and walls will all be underground.

 


Exterior Fresh Air

The 1100 linear feet of pipe will collect approximately 300 cu. feet of cool air.  When small duct fans are turned on, ammonia and other gases from the cheese aging process will be exhausted as fresh air is gently brought in.

Dumping gravel and spreading with the tractor

Dumping gravel and spreading with the tractor


 

31 dump truck loads of gravel to fill around the cave

31 dump truck loads of gravel to fill around the cave


 

A layer of dirt will seal the surface

A layer of dirt will seal the surface


Cave Entrance

Cave Entrance


 

Rack of cheeses in aging room

Rack of cheeses in aging room


 

Our cheese gaurdian keeps watch on visitors

Our cheese gaurdian keeps watch on visitors


Racks of cheese

Racks of cheese


 

Aging Tanasi

Aging Tanasi


 

Tanasi

Tanasi


 

Bonnie Blue Farm

Jim & Gayle Tanner
Waynesboro, TN
931-722-GOAT (4628) 

tanngoat@wildblue.net

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