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I was wondering if anyone can tell me what is in this picture and how it affects bean to bar

Hi, This is my first post. Thank you in advance with any information you can provide me with. I just made my first batch of chocolate from…

Started by Trimaniac

2 Sep 26, 2013
Reply by Trimaniac

getting lots of bloom, is that normal?

Hello, Chocolate Lifers, Im new to chocolate making, but not the consumption ;-)  I recently got myself a small melanger, and I have run…

Started by Alan Caldwell

1 Jun 24, 2013
Reply by Ben Rasmussen

Micrometer

Does anyone know of a good, easy-to-use micrometer for chocolate?

Started by Daniela Vasquez

2 May 27, 2013
Reply by Daniela Vasquez

Chomping at the bit, but I'd like some advice first...

So, I've got a decent amount set aside to order the equipment I need for small scale bean-to-bar production, but I wanted to get some advic…

Started by Thomas Snyder

8 Apr 5, 2013
Reply by Thomas Snyder

Saving a batch at home (doesn't temper/solidify properly)

Something went wrong with my current batch at home. It's a relatively large batch for me so I'm trying to rescue it. I originally used 2kg…

Started by Lane Wigley

1 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Kerry

Making Milk Chocolate

After making dark chocolate for a couple of years, I have ventured off into the world of making milk chocolate.  The first batch ended up b…

Started by Thomas Forbes

8 Feb 27, 2013
Reply by Gap

Bean to Bar Maker Co-operatives

There was a discussion a while ago where (I think) Sebastian suggested buyers for fine flavoured cocoa beans should consider pooling their…

Started by Gap

1 Jan 9, 2013
Reply by Tom

Cocoa bean diagnosis

Hi, I've attached a photo of two beans that were in my current batch. Is this basically the same thing in both beans? The bean has germina…

Started by Gap

2 Dec 30, 2012
Reply by Gap

Lactose added separately to Milk Chocolate?

I have been getting encouraging results making milk chocolate and I'm looking to experiment with malt extract and possibly lactose.  Study…

Started by Felipe Jaramillo F.

19 Dec 24, 2012
Reply by Linus Daniel

Winnowing equipment for hobbyist

I can't help but drool at the vertex winnowers from Boston Cocoa. But dropping 35k into something that I'm currently not doing for profit i…

Started by Ning-Geng Ong

4 Dec 24, 2012
Reply by Clay Gordon

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