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    Question Milk that doesn’t froth

    I am not sure if anyone has an experience that matches this since this is in South Africa – but if someone does it could be interesting for others.

    A particular brand of milk, the biggest in South Africa, a few months ago stopped holding a froth – no matter what I did with my machine, it stayed flat. At first I thought the supermarket may have been breaking the cold chain and tried the same brand from a different supermarket with the same effect. The first supermarket also has a house brand that had the same problem (the source is not labelled but it is plausible that it’s from the same producer as the other brand that fails). Other brands of milk work just fine, so it’s not me or my machine.

    Any ideas on what could be causing milk to fail to froth? (Fat % is the same on all types I tried, and freshness does not appear to be a factor.)

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    Could be what the cows are eating. Happens in Australia every now and then as well

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    Could be that…

    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    Could be what the cows are eating. Happens in Australia every now and then as well
    Thanks.

    Someone suggested that to me here as well – any ideas what could change this? Something seasonal e.g.?

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    The nutritional content of their graze changes with the seasons, more rain, less rain, etc.


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    Yep, happens in Australia during a couple of the dryer months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Yep, happens in Australia during a couple of the dryer months.
    And we hates it!! Especially in the cafe when we simply have to send milk back to the dairy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwcalder05 View Post
    And we hates it!! Especially in the cafe when we simply have to send milk back to the dairy.
    Can understand your frustration, as a home barista! just an inconvenience, trying to run a cafe, dodgy milk wouldn't enhance your reputation.

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    Little bit of cream in the jug used to fix it for me

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    ^What he said. Our quality of milk varies here in Sri Lanka too. That long life stuff always seems to froth though it does taste pretty bad.

    Cold brew time?

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