I chill my milk for 2 hours, then put it in the fridge...ice crystals are visible or i use a cheese thermometer to check temp and make sure it is right above freezing>>>>
Yep, when we get to the house the milk goes straight to the freezer. Then to the fridge after it just starts to freeze. .
<<<Are you using a new ziplock bag for your ice each milking, it would be difficult to sterilize the old one each day....just my opinion. I don't use this technique myself.....again, the microbes>>>
Yes, we use a new bag each time. Are you talking microbes from a used bag that's been washed or from a new bag?
<<<I don't use sweetfeed either>>>
No sweetfeed here.
<<<Are you air drying the containers for the milk? Do not dry with a cloth, especially not a kitchen towel>>>
Yes, only air drying.
<<<Always milk into stainless steel, do NOT use a plastic milk bucket. No matter how clean you think plastic is, it's not>>>
Yes, we only use stainless steel.
<<<We clean our SS bucket with a milk stone remover & acid rinse solution. Let air dry>>
Same here. Special dairy soap with a brush and sanitizing spray. Acid wash once a week. Air dry.
<<<Filter milk immediately>>>
Yes, we do.
<<<Store in clean glass jars in the fridge. Again, don't use plastic>>>
<<<Store milk in the coldest part of the fridge. The door is NOT the coldest part, just the most convenient>>>
Didn't think about that one, but we do. Top shelf all the way in the back. It starts to freeze a bit back there at times.
<<<Keep the udder shaved and keep the buck out of the barn>>>
Udder shaved. No buck.
I just don't know what else. We are doing everything with this doe that we do with the other three. Their milk is fine and always has been. They all eat the same thing, too.
We are sending off a sample from each side of the udder tomorrow for mastitis testing. See what that brings. I hope she's not just like this.
Hubby thinks it will just take more time. He's convinced it's just from her freshening--his reasoning is that if it was mastitis the taste would not be getting better, which it is. Ever so sloooooowly, but it is. It doesn't taste like it did at the beginning. I still wouldn't drink it, though. I sure wouldn't sell it.