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Building a vibrating table

I'm in the process of drawing up plans to build a vibrating table and was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what the appropriate…

Started by Mike

13 Dec 11
Reply by Ben Rasmussen

Problem tempering with Chocovision Rev 2

I've searched the forums here for help with my problem, but I can't find exactly what I'm looking for, so forgive me if this topic has alre…

Started by Isaac Ekblad

4 Dec 8
Reply by Kane Dijkman

bean to bar - planning the first time

Hello, i’m actually planning to make bean to bar. The process is more or less clear to me. Since I don’t want to spend a lot of money for t…

Started by Jens Kamin

3 Dec 6
Reply by Ben Rasmussen

Storing Cocoa beans

Hi Just wondering how long you can store Cocoa beans for before their flavour starts to diminish? Also what is the best way to store them?…

Started by Judy Hinrichs

1 Nov 21
Reply by Adeir Boida de Andrade

Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions?

Hey All, Got any suggestions on a motor to replace the cheapo motor that comes with the Santha Spectra 11?  Additionally, if any of you ha…

Started by Dave Huston

8 Oct 20
Reply by Dave Huston

Small Scale Chocolate - Equipment Needed

Hello all. I am interested in producing chocolate from raw cacao beans in small quantities. I would greatly appreciate help with additional…

Started by Eric Conceicao

2 Oct 5
Reply by Eric Conceicao

Cracking Beans for Winnowing

A rolling pin and soil sieve suit my hobby needs at the moment but it doesnt mean that i havent considered speeding things up. Years ago i…

Started by Tom

2 Aug 3
Reply by Tom

Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight?

Hey All, I'm wondering if, while using the same machine, folks increase their refining times linearly proportional to increased chocolate b…

Started by Dave Huston

19 Jul 23
Reply by Andy Koller


There has been a lot of discussion about winnowers here on The Chocolate Life recently. As anyone who has tried to make chocolate at home a…

Started by Clay Gordon

26 Jul 19
Reply by Andy Koller

Table-top Conching Machine??

My nearly new Ultra Grind + (wet grinder) like the Santha , is just about worn out after 8 months of abuse. When I started this hobby "from…

Started by Frank Schmidt

37 Jul 10
Reply by Mack Ransom


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