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what did I do to my chocolate?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Caldwell Oct 13. 2 Replies

Ive been dabbling a bit lately with making bonbons.I have used a friends tempering machine to get the temper right. For the first batch of bonbonsIve had a few bonbons stick, but thats a different…Continue

I melted my Santha...questions ensue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Churchill Mar 4. 5 Replies

A few weeks ago I was asking about alternatives to the Champion juicer. One of the suggestions that was given was to preheat the bowl/rollers.....Well in a plan that wasnt quite as well thought out,…Continue

alternatives to champion juicer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Rasmussen Feb 24. 27 Replies

Hey Chocophiles,Ive been doing more and more, playing at home with small batches of beans. <3#.  I still dont have a way to make a proper liquor. Doing it in the melanguer, is....far from good and…Continue

weird chocolate texture

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Aug 17, 2013. 1 Reply

Hey everyone!Ive been playing with different beans in my melanguer and the last batch came out after 24hrs of conching. It was all fine and dandy till it set up, it got all grainy, and crumbly.  Odd…Continue

 

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Alan Caldwell replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion what did I do to my chocolate?
"Thank you Mark.  Will try that out. Cheers! Alan"
Oct 13
Mark Heim replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion what did I do to my chocolate?
"At 50C your cocoa butter is melted, but you have small agglomerates formed when your "leftover" cooled uncontrolled.  If you smear the warm chocolate between your fingers or on your tongue and feel nothing more than soft clotted…"
Oct 12
Alan Caldwell posted a discussion

what did I do to my chocolate?

Ive been dabbling a bit lately with making bonbons.I have used a friends tempering machine to get the temper right. For the first batch of bonbonsIve had a few bonbons stick, but thats a different post.Ive gotten a bit of "leftover" choc.  Its from when I empty the molds.  Ive tried to reheat the choc to retemper it. I put the choc into a small plastic container, into the water bath of my thermocirculator.  48C till its all melted, and I checked the temp. It was kind of lumpy, small sand grain…See More
Oct 10
Brad Churchill replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion I melted my Santha...questions ensue
"No slack.  Link belt should be tight."
Mar 4
Alan Caldwell replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion I melted my Santha...questions ensue
"So I reattached the stem to the bowl, its a wee bit of a wobble, but its not like it didnt have one before... I ended up using a poly-urethane adhesive used in the construction industry, called PL Premium. I first tried it on a rock and piece of…"
Mar 4
Ben Rasmussen replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"I've also heard from another maker who is using a VCM for pre-grinding in production. At some point, I'd love to upgrade to one for the larger bowl size. Googling confirms that the original Cuisinarts were manufactured by Robot Coupe. Not…"
Feb 24
Ben Rasmussen replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"Hi Dave. I'll post the results when I do a larger batch."
Feb 24
Alan Caldwell replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
""   the first Cuisinart food processors were private label Robot Coupes " hunh!  I did not know that.  Vertical Cutter; good to know. Corona mill; cheap materials- somehow i knew that might come out in the wash. I…"
Feb 24
Clay Gordon replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"The point is that there are many options at many price levels for every budget and situation. I've seen vertical cutter mixers in production - so I know they work. You get very large batch capacity (compared with most food processors). Used,…"
Feb 24
Alan Caldwell replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"Im not surprised to hear the Cusinart does good.  Ive used robo coupes for 20 years and I gotta be honest Ive never been impressed with their power (or is it power delivery).  That being said they do take a good amount of abuse (Ive seen…"
Feb 24
Dave Huston replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"Thanks Ben that's good to know!!  I'll be curious to hear how long it eventually takes you with a much larger batch of nibs and whether it scales linearly.  For instance, would 15 kilos take you 50 minutes?  And then of…"
Feb 24
Ben Rasmussen replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"I've recently purchased a 20-cup Cuisinart food processor. The motor specs are roughly comparable to the Robot Coupe I was looking at, but it has a larger capacity and is less expensive. It also has overheating protection to avoid burning out…"
Feb 24
Clay Gordon replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion I melted my Santha...questions ensue
"Alan - There is a distributor for Santha in the USA now - they are in California in the SF Bay area. (Even though their site is named SanthaUSA,com you're dealing with the company in India.) They are offering spare parts and technical support…"
Feb 6
Alan Caldwell replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion I melted my Santha...questions ensue
"Adam, Thanks for the pic. I guess I need to know at this point,  what kind of adhesive to use for reattaching the stalk to the bowl.  I think Im partial to a latex (think liquid nails type).  Thoughts anyone? It does seem the stalk…"
Feb 5
Adam G. replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion I melted my Santha...questions ensue
"Here you are. Hope this helps."
Feb 4
Alan Caldwell posted a discussion

I melted my Santha...questions ensue

A few weeks ago I was asking about alternatives to the Champion juicer. One of the suggestions that was given was to preheat the bowl/rollers.....Well in a plan that wasnt quite as well thought out, I left the bowl ontop of a coffee pot warmer for far too long.  It melted the base of the main stalk that is in the middle of the bowl.  Not a big deal I can gently carve the melted plastic away. It still fits onto the melangeur.But the stalk stem, what ever its called has come out.  Any idea what…See More
Feb 4

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