Today I am making yogurt. Homemade yogurt is not hard to make if you have a good starter and you keep an eye on the temperature.
I have read a lot of different ways to make yogurt at home. They all work. We have a big family so I make large batches so most of the yogurt makers I came across were not big enough. I use a crock from an old crock pot I had and a heating pad.
Slowly heat 4 quarts goats milk to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit)
Remove from heat
Add 1/4 cup starter (plain yogurt with live cultures)
Pour in bowl (crock)
Put on lid.
Turn heating pad on low (placed under the bowl)
Incubate 6-8 hours
Keep temperature at 90-100 degrees
Sometimes I will add 1 cup powdered milk to make a thicker yogurt.
A lot of people use mason jars to incubate in. The important thing is make sure the temperature stays within range. Yogurt makers are nice if you have one, but not necessary.
There are a lot of things you can do with the plain yogurt. After it is done you can add fruit or other flavors. Make frozen yogurt or Popsicles. Use it in place of sour cream.
Best thing about homemade yogurt is no added preservatives or sugar. Only what you decide to put in it.