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MA 4002 Mesophilic and Thermophilic Starter Culture

MA 4002 Mesophilic and Thermophilic Starter Culture

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MA 4002 Mesophilic and Thermphilc starter culture is commonly referred to as a 'Farmstead culture.' This is a great choice for any cheese made with MA 11 because the added thermophilis will aid in ripening the cheese.

This culture is predominantly a blend of standard mesophilic lactic acid cultures similar to MA 11, which develops the primary acidity. This culture also contains S. thermophilis which serves as a ripening culture later in the cheese making process. The mesophilic cultures produce acidity during the first part of the process, after the cheese is salted and aging, the thermophilic cultures begin to work in a ripening capacity to break down the complex proteins into simpler components.



  • Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
  • Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
  • Lactococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis
  • Streptococcus thermophilus

Store in the freezer

25 DCU

Inoculates approximately 250 gallons of milk. Can be divided into 25 gallon batches for farmstead use, or 8-10 gallon batches for home use.

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Yes No Allergens Description Of Components
X Peanuts
X Tree Nuts
X Sesame
X Milk
X Eggs
X Fish
X Crustaceans
X Shellfish
X Soy
X Wheat
X Triticale
X Mustard
X Sulfites


Use approximately 1/2 tsp for 6-12 gallons of milk. This is an estimated guide for usage. Setting temperature, stage of milk and type of cheese will call for specific amounts to reach proper acidification rate.

Reduce culture amount by 25-50% when using raw milk.

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Always as Described

I purchase this culture probably once a month and make many different cheese. It never fails and always performs amazing in the milk. Never had an issue, nor will I buy this stuff anywhere but here. I have been burned multiple times by garbage cultures on ebay and Amazon. If you want quality culture for quality cheeses, this is the place!

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Stephan T.
Austria Austria
Ideal for hard cheese

Excellent quality starter culture! Made some alpine style hard cheese with it and boy does that cheese thrive in the ripening box!

Dianne C.
United States United States
A little goes a long way (whey)

Goat Milk Tomme is how I use this culture, nothing could be better and the ease goes along with that. My newest favorite cheese, love this culture

James C.
United States
Cheese starter

Another great culture from the folks at New England....

Maria M.
United States
Always Satisfied

I’m a little past being a “Beginner” cheesemaker. The cultures I’ve purchased (and I have many!) from New England Cheesemakers have always been wonderful to work with. I recommend this company to everyone!