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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 on Friday
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

Sourcing Fair Trade Cocoa Beans

Hi, We have a Bean to Bar (and really bean to everything chocolate) shop in the works and found that sourcing high quality f/t beans is qui…

Started by michael gadaleta

4 Jul 7
Reply by Raul A. Lacayo

Infusing Cocoa Butter w/ Fresh Hot Peppers?

Has anybody ever tried this?  I've read that peppers infused in oils, like olive oil, could lead to the growth of botulism in the oil.  I w…

Started by Dave Huston

2 Jul 1
Reply by Dave Huston

Fixing the Santha 20

 Can someone please walk me through, step by step, disassembling the Santha 20.  Ever since the first use, it has had an UNBEARABLE high pi…

Started by Tao Watts

4 Jun 25
Reply by Ben Rasmussen


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