I have a Pomati T5 tempering machine, but I can't seem to get the tempering right. I'm used to temper in three steps, heat/cool/heat, but with this machine I can only set one heating temperature and one cooling temperature. How can this work? Or does some magic happends behind the scenes so the chocolate tempers even though it seems like the machine only uses two steps, heat/cool?
The chocolate manufacturer told me to use the following temperatures for tempering their chocolate: 50 C / 26 C / 31 C. Does this mean that I should use 50 C / 31 C with my tempering machine or should the three steps be translated in to something else when I should use only two steps?
I really appreciate your help. Thank's a lot!
The T5 is a continuous machine, in that it takes care of the heating/cooling/heating inside a set of coils. IIRC you only need to set the high and working temperatures.
The machine tempers using a two stage process and works quite nicely when you figure out the proper temperature settings for the bowl and the spout. The working bowl should be set at 45c or there abouts depending on the chocolate you are using. The tempering setting should be between 30 and 32c depending on the chocolate. Everything that comes out of the spout is tempered chocolate. The bowl is kept at 45c and therefore takes the tempered chocolate out of temper. The chocolate then cycles through the screw area where it is tempered again. You might have to adjust the temperatures until you get the combination that works for the chocolate you are using.
When you add your chocolate to the bowl, set the bowl temperature and the screw temperature to 45c. After the chocolate melts turn on the agitator and leave until the chocolate reaches the set temperature. Once 45c is reached, leave for a short while to let the chocolate stabilize. If your are working with chocolate that is already melted then you can turn on the agitator right away and then let stabilize. Once the chocolate is stabilized then turn on the cooling, tempering side of the screw. Set this between 30 and 32c. When that temperature is reached leave it there for a short while to stabilize and then check for temper and mold. Setting the proper temperature for tempering is really a matter of what type of chocolate you are using. If you are not getting a nice temper at 32c then lower to 30c. In addition you might have to adjust the bowl temperature to slightly more or less than 45c to balance out the tempered chocolate. It really is a balancing act but if you lower the bowl temperature to much less than 45c you are going to over temper the chocolate. Hope this is useful information.
Most smaller continuous tempering machines are two-zone, some are three. In a two-zone machine you set the temperature of the working bowl and then the temperature of the cooling pipe. The temperature of the working bowl is set high enough to melt out all the crystals. The temperature of the cooling pipe is set to generate enough crystals so that the chocolate is properly tempered when it exits the spout. Any chocolate that is not used goes back into the bowl where the crystals are melted out before the chocolate re-enters the cooling pipe. The cycle is not interrupted which is why it's called continuous (as opposed to batch) tempering.,
The actual temperatures you arrive it will probably be different from the ones you use in a batch tempering machine like a Chocovision. You can use the high and low temperatures the manufacturer recommends as the starting points, but don't expect them to be right. You will need to experiment to find the correct temperatures. What those are depends on a complex set of factors - the viscosity/rheology of the chocolate, the overall size of the machine (capacity), the power of the compressor, and more.
Also, never expect the temperature of the chocolate in the working bowl to be even, or the same temperature from the sides to the center and the top to the bottom. What you care about is the temperature of the chocolate as it leaves the working bowl and if all the crystals are melted out. (Think about it - you are dropping chocolate from the cool point into the top of the chocolate in the work bowl, which is warmer, and mixing it up. It takes time for the chocolate to warm up, and that will be towards the bottom of the working bowl.)
In general, as you modify temperatures, you want to work towards the lowest temperature in the working bowl that works for you, and the narrowest range of temperatures between the working bowl and the tempering pipe. This will reduce overall energy consumption and mean that the compressor is not working harder than it needs to.
Hi, I also have problems with a batch tempering machine. I set the melting temperature to 45 C / 113 F and also set the other thermometer, to cool the chocolate, to 31 C / 87,8 F. However, my chocolate has full of white streaks!! I'm getting crazy!!!
I was trying with 6 kg of chocolate that all process last 1 hour. I also was trying different temperatures, but without success.
I'm very dissapointed.
Any, any help will be SUPER appreciated.