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Jonathan Edelson replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"There is a potential issue with using a refrigerator at higher than design temperature. The pressure going _into_ the compressor is set by the cold side temperature; the higher the temperature of the 'evaporator coil' the higher the…"
Jun 27
Tim Williams replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"re: Chocolate Cryystallizer I am tight for space, so a cooling tunnel will be very difficult to install. Has anyone had experience with modifying an upright refrigerator or freezer (like a single glass door merchandising freezer)? I am wondering if…"
Jun 25
Nichole Warner replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Does anyone have a photo of this to post? "
Mar 18
Clay Gordon replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Larry - Ben is right in his reply - my design is not serpentine like you've drawn. The flow of air is across each shelf and then exits. There is a plenum that acts as a manifold for distributing the air across the shelves. By using existing…"
Sep 17, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Based on the description Clay posted to google docs, my understanding is that the airflow is all one-directional. It goes from the air cooler to the plenum, over and under the molds, and then out the other side. So, Clay's design does not go…"
Sep 17, 2013
Larry replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"I saw this on the DIY tab & then searched for it. This is a Wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing Clay. I think I can picture this in my mind, but want to confirm. Is the layout of the shelving is staggered like a water jacketed…"
Sep 16, 2013
Luis Dinos Moro replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"I would be very interested in seeing pictures of this."
Aug 27, 2013
Clay Gordon replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Right - The cooling cycles on and off which does cause fluctuations in temperature that may or may not be meaningful. More to my liking is that the TrippLite unit filters and dehumidifies the air -- before blowing it on sensitive electronic…"
Aug 26, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Clay. This is very similar to my existing cooling cabinet, but I just use a window A/C unit to cool and a double fan to better circulate the air. It works pretty well, but as you mention in the document, the A/C cycles on and off, so the…"
Aug 23, 2013
Clay Gordon replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Okay - Here's the link to the description of the Static Cooling Tunnel (Google Docs). All I ask is that if you build one, send me comments about how to improve on it and photos of your finished unit so I can share them."
Aug 23, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Hi Clay. Can you send me the written description too? I've been wanting to rebuild/improve my cooling cabinet and would appreciate any other ideas out there. Thanks!"
Aug 23, 2013
Dave W replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"I use a wine refrigerator and have no problem with condensation. Before I put the trays into the refrigerator my moulds are put onto a wire rack and immediate cooling is with a hurricane fan. Nothing fancier than that. This ensures that heat is…"
Aug 22, 2013
John Duxbury replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Clay.  I'd appreciate the description if you can pass it along.  I'll let you know my progress. John"
Aug 21, 2013
Clay Gordon replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"John: Most of the parts are metal or plastic that's food safe. If you use wood, you can paint it with food-contact safe paint. The one that's been built was made of wood and that's all the local health inspector asked for. So - it…"
Aug 21, 2013
John Duxbury replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Clay.  That sounds interesting.  We have a very "picky" Health Dept where I live.  Any feedback from the builders about the Health Inspectors?  I'm not extremely handy but I do learn very quickly and am game…"
Aug 21, 2013
Clay Gordon replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"John - Are you handy? I have a design for what I call a "static cooling tunnel." A ChocolateLife member has already made one and he finds that it really works well. Another ChocolateLife member will be building one in the next couple of…"
Aug 21, 2013

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Dark, Milk, White?
Milk
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Creating my first candy bar with nougat, caramel, almonds, then covering in milk and dark chocolate. Made them for family and friends to try. Which led to my interests in chocolate and various mixtures.
My favorite chocolate is:
mixed with candies and nuts

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