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roll refining

Hello,  can someone tell me if it is required to pre refine nibs and sugar prior to running through a three roll refiner (e.g., one with 6…

Started by Mike

10 Jul 13
Reply by Mike

Conche or sugar mill?

Hi all, first I want to really thank you for all the wonderful cacao wisdom you share here. I read your blogs, and have slowly figured out…

Started by Mack Ransom

17 Jul 11
Reply by Daniela Vasquez

Looking for help

Hi all Currently I make chocolates at home but I would like to start a bigger production   I would like to know if anyone know's how to ge…

Started by Laura Marion

4 Jun 20
Reply by Laura Marion

tempering chocolate confusion

I used to tempering chocolate many time was success, but recently have problem in tempering, I used "seeding method" to tempering and below…

Started by him

1 Jun 18
Reply by jeff goh


This may be a big no no but has anyone tried using a Thermoblend to melt/warm chocolate? Deborah

Started by Deborah

5 Jun 14
Reply by Deborah

Machine help needed - grinding blocks of chocolate

Can anyone recommend a machine that can grind blocks of chocolate up with out melting it. In the photo below is a block of untempered choco…

Started by Need beans

2 Jun 11
Reply by Jonathan Edelson

What causes these swirls?

Hello, My hubby and I have been making dairy, gluten and soy free 'milk" chocolate.  We've just started trying out a melanger and can't fi…

Started by Sandy Phillips

4 Jun 9
Reply by Sandy Phillips

How to grow cacao at home

I've had a Theobroma cacao for a couple of years now and have been keeping it not only alive, but occasionally flowering. Since my move to…

Started by Lorna

6 Jun 7
Reply by Tom

Salmonella and Factory Layout

Hello, all!  I’ve found what seems in many ways an ideal space to begin making chocolate commercially (it is a 570 sq ft room in a building…

Started by CM

9 May 30
Reply by CM

Chocovision Skimmer/Dispenser and Enrober - Looking for Hear Your Experiences

I use Rev Delta machines for moulding chocolates and have always done this by hand (i.e., a ladle). I am considering introducing enrobed ch…

Started by Glenn Knowles

2 May 29
Reply by Glenn Knowles


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