Making Exceptional Yeast Cakes, Weeks 4 and 5
After another seven days, bring them out, pack them into a weng, and seal the head [with clay].
The cakes smell about the same as they did the week before: sweet and caramely, with some odd alcoholic notes. They leave behind a pretty large amount of a dark brown liquid. I didn't taste it.
After another seven days, bore a small hole in each cake, thread a rope through them, air the whole string in the sun, really make sure it’s dry, and then place the cakes inside.
I used a small copper needle that I hastily made out of some wire to thread some clean string through the cakes:
One lesson for when I do get a proper weng is that the opening needs to be somewhat larger than my hands! It was really hard to get the cakes out.
Now I have a beautiful yeast cake necklace.
The cakes are firm but still a little fragile. I'm nervous about lifting up the string off the table top for now since they're still very damp and they break apart under pressure. Some of them are firmer than others - the ones at the bottom of the jars seemed to be particularly firm.
I'll let this dry on the table for a few hours and then move it somewhere less in the way, with some air flow.
But! Now we're ready to start fermenting. And not a moment too soon, since Birka is coming up in three weeks and I want to bring something to enter, plus I've committed to making three things for the arts and sciences competition at King's and Queen's A&S the week after.
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