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Home Brew Chocolate

This group is for ChocolateLife members making, or who are interested in making, chocolate from the bean.

"Home Brew" means you haven't gone out and spent millions-you're mixing and matching (and making) what it takes to make it work.

Location: Worldwide
Members: 273
Latest Activity: 22 hours ago

The Home Brew Group: Sponsored by CocoaTown

Making chocolate from the bean can be a lot of fun. Some special equipment is required, but the process is pretty easy to learn and to get good at. It must be, some of the biggest names in the craft chocolate biz have started on using kitchen appliances.

The group is sponsored by CocoaTown, the makers and importers of hobbyist and commercial melanguers, grindeurs, and accessories for making chocolate. CocoaTown is offering ChocolateLife members special purchase incentives. Learn more here.

Discussion Forum

Off notes in hand-tempered chocolate.

Started by Lucy bennetto. Last reply by Dario M. Agesilao Dec 11, 2013. 2 Replies

Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight?

Started by Dave Huston. Last reply by Dave Huston Nov 26, 2013. 10 Replies

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Comment by Delcour Thomas on September 26, 2013 at 9:16am

I heated it in the oven to 120F as usually, and added it in the melangeur directly. It was still quite dry. It was difficult at the beginning, the liquor was compacting at the bottom, I had to add it very slowly, little by little ,and I had to warm it up with my heat gun, to start seen it becoming little bit more wet. But it wasn't enough so I added cocoa butter after 1h.

Maybe I should a warm it in a double boiler too as the oven might dry it even more.

Comment by Thomas Forbes on September 26, 2013 at 8:55am

I found hand tempering inconsistent and I was unable to manipulate temperatures and keep the mass more liquid like.  I purchased a chocovision rev 2 which has worked well.  If the chocolate takes too long to harden in the molds, bloom can appear. 

I purchased liquor that dry and hard.  I heat it on a double boiler and get it to 115F and it is nice and liquid.  When the women in the DR run the nibs through their pre-grinders (one uses a machine and the other a hand corn grinder) it comes out pretty gooey.  It is usually 90F outside at the time, so sometimes they have to wait for the paste to harden a bit before they ball it up.  What happens when you heat this powdered nibs?

Comment by Delcour Thomas on September 26, 2013 at 8:36am

Thank you Thomas for your fast answer, the melangeur is allright but it is very difficult to temper by hand the thick mass and the molding isn't easy either.

Did you already have a dry liquor? When I pre-grind the nibs the liquor come out pretty much in powder. Is this normal or should it be wet? 

Comment by Thomas Forbes on September 26, 2013 at 8:18am

I usually stay in the 5-8% added butter.  I usually do not have any problems with the melanger with just liquor in the machine.   My machine needs a belt change.  After 40 or so batches over the last two years, it struggles to keep going when I add the sugar. 

Comment by Delcour Thomas on September 26, 2013 at 8:08am

Hello everyone,

I just receive my second order of cacao beans from "Meridian Cacao".

The beans looks great, I sort and clean them, roast them, crack them, Wynno, and pre-grind them and then I notice the liquor is dry is it normal? 

Because of that when I grind and conch in my Ultra Grind+ I had to had 20% of butter to get enough viscosity otherwise it is very thick. Is it to much butter or some of you even add more butter sometimes?

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Comment by Kelly Sayers on March 19, 2013 at 8:49pm

Hello all,

Has anyone ever had experience with a "chocotec 20" tempering machine? If so could you tell me something about it.. I can't seem to find any information on it.

Thanks so much

Comment by steve on March 7, 2013 at 9:29pm

looking for info on panning ,video , books ect . thanks steve

Comment by Kelly Sayers on February 13, 2013 at 6:56pm

Thanks Gap

Comment by Gap on February 13, 2013 at 6:54pm

Hi Kelly - there are a couple of threads about them on the Chocolate Alchemy forum

http://chocolatetalk.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=equipment&ac...

and

http://chocolatetalk.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=refining&act...

 

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