I have tried several time to make goat milk yogurt and I can not to get it to thicken. The first time I started with room temperature milk, all I got was something that resembled a semi thick yogurt drink. The next time I heated the milk, allowed it to cool to 115 degRees, then added the starter and let it go. Again it only thickened a little more that the other batch. I am at a loss on what to do. Can you help?

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I cannot say for sure why your yogurt didn't thicken, but have noticed that, apart from starter quality and milk temperature, goat diet can be to blame on inconsistencies in all cheese/cultured milk products. I believe that GMO grains change the behaviour of proteins during cooking and culturing. If you feed your own goats, avoid all GMO grains and see what happens. Besides this factor, be sure that all measurements are reasonably accurate, and try heating your milk to blood temperature and not much past. Beyond about 115 degrees F., many live organisms begin to die. Be sure your starter hasn't been contaminated by sitting out, changing temperatures, or being subjected to other conditions that could tamper with the desirable cultures. Lastly, yogurt made from other batches of yogurt which are too many "generations" from the original starter may fail to work. To avoid this, you may freeze small batches of a fresh starter so that you can stay with second or third generation yogurt for some while.

Updated on March 16, 2020

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How to Make Organic, Raw Goat's Milk Yogurt
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