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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

Chocolate bar packaging for lazy people

I make bars at home for friends. I'm not sufficiently motivated to wrap them in foil. What are some alternatives? They don't need much shel…

Started by Lane Wigley

7 Dec 14, 2012
Reply by mary amsterdam

FYI - some Chuao beans for home brewers over at Chocolate Alchemy this week

This stuff is hard to get...

Started by Lane Wigley

1 Dec 9, 2012
Reply by cheebs


I am having a difficult time looking for equipment to start making chocolate. I've never made any before and don't want to spend thousands…

Started by Roy McClish

11 Nov 26, 2012
Reply by Ben Rasmussen

Agave in Chocolate Formula

I was wondering, can one use Agave syrup instead of sugar in a chocolate formulation when making it from scratch? what are the pros and con…

Started by Daniela Vasquez

0 Oct 21, 2012


Greetings all, I was wondering if anyone can offer some advice on pregrinders. I have been using the champion juicer which is slow and mess…

Started by Adam Kavalier

12 Sep 29, 2012
Reply by Adam Kavalier

Time in Melangeur and storage

If I do a 1 lb batch of chocolate at home with 10 hours in the melangeur (Santha) and then do everything the same except a 3lb batch. Would…

Started by Lane Wigley

1 Sep 26, 2012
Reply by Gap

Drain Frame for wet grinder.

A simple angle steel frame bolted together to hold the grinding stones above an Ultra wet grinder. This can help when cleaning the finished…

Started by Frank Schmidt

4 Apr 14, 2012
Reply by Ernesto Bugarin Pantua Jr.


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