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Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process

Started this discussion. Last reply by ramya Aug 31, 2012. 16 Replies

Hello. Does anyone know where in UK teaches how to make chocolate from the bean to bar process ? Thanks. Would even pay for private lessonsContinue

 

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ramya replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"chirag,                 No need to swich of your wet grinder in intervals just remove its plastic cover and put one table fan facing electric motor , now you can run your grinder non stop. "
Aug 31, 2012
Chirag Bhatia replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Ricardo: though I'm fiarly new to making chocolate,, I have to agree with Brad and Sebastian and Clay.. a stone grinder can definately give you the smoothness your looking for. i dont even use a factory modified grinder. i use a locally…"
May 10, 2012
Eugene C Fraker replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"I recently bought an Ultra Grinder. I must say after 15 or so batches most folks have no idea which chocolate was made by me in the Ultra and that bought top shelf at a retail shop. Granted we are not experts, except we know what tastes good and…"
Feb 1, 2012
Felipe Jaramillo F. replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"For anyone who is wondering how to modify the Ultra Grinder machine, here are the resulting pics showing the stand, bottom ventilation and the ventilation/heating mini-tower (1,2,3).  Flavor Development: Brad brings up a great point in time…"
Jan 31, 2012
Sebastian replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Your particle size is just fine.  I admit i've not had a bar in a while, so i'm going from memory (and i eat far more chocolate than your average bear...) - but from recollection, i'd put the max particle size somewhere in the…"
Jan 27, 2012
Brad Churchill replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Hey Sebastian, FYI: my conche/refiners go right from nibs and granulated sugar to chocolate with no pre-refining.  You've tasted it.  From a texture perspective what do you think?  (I already know you think my 70%'s are too…"
Jan 27, 2012
Tom replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"He does have a stone grinder, read the '$4000 pregrinder, really, really' thread from a year back. I have made beautifully refined chocolate on my Spectra 10 every weekend for almost 5 years, same machine, no mods, changed the belt once…"
Jan 27, 2012
Sebastian replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"I've got  a laser particle size distribution of chocolates made with the melanges somewhere.  If i can find it, i'll post it.  To be honest, when these first began to be used, i was inordinately skeptical.  i…"
Jan 27, 2012
ricardo villanueva replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Enjoy your "site". Ciao."
Jan 26, 2012
Clay Gordon replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Ricardo - I have to agree with Brad and Sebastian on this issue.  Despite your skepticism, I have personally tasted many, many chocolates made with the modified stone grinders and most (though not all) of those chocolates had no detectable…"
Jan 26, 2012
ricardo villanueva replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Hi Adamandia: I am a little skeptical that the Santha grinder ( or any little stone grinder ) will produce completely smooth, under 30 micron chocolate.  These cute machines look like an old phonograph. Material is milled between a…"
Jan 26, 2012
Brad Churchill replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"I agree with Sebastian, and would also like to add that your claim about the modified home grinders on Chocolate Alchemy producing gritty chocolate is unfounded.  I used a modified version of one of the Chocolate Alchemy machines for almost 3…"
Jan 26, 2012
Sebastian replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"I would disagree with your statement that the stone mills aren't able to produce a chocolate <30 um.  I've had results as fine as 8um by micrometer, and that method measures the largest particle (meaning most of the particles are…"
Jan 26, 2012
ricardo villanueva replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Hi Adamandia: Might I first suggest the book The Science of Chocolate by S.T. Beckett who I believe teaches in York. His book can be very technical in places, but it is thorough. The Web site 'chocolate alchemy' is fine, but they are…"
Jan 25, 2012
Adamandia Diamantopoulos replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Thanks for that Felipe. Hope I find something soon. B rgds, A"
Jan 24, 2012
Felipe Jaramillo F. replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Hi Adamandia,  You should check the Chocolate Alchemy site, it's forums and archives. Using the search you can read back on the archives and follow through several good chocolatier's careers like Brad or Alan, who started with home…"
Jan 24, 2012

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