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Ben Rasmussen
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Tuesday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Yep, that's the kind of thing I'm thinking of. When I added them to my cocoatowns, I cut a hole in the case to draw in cooler, external air. But, if there's space, just having one blow air through the motor would be beneficial."
Monday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"I don't know how much difference in price there is between the two classes, but a fan is probably only $5-$10.  :)"
Monday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"I think the santha motor probably spins somewhere in that same range. The motor has a small pulley that turns the larger one on the bowl, resulting in the bowl spinning around 120 rpm. The motor in the santha should say what speed it runs.  I…"
Monday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Hi Dave. I don't have any recommendations for a specific motor, but I think a 1/3 HP motor would be fine. As long as it's the same speed, it should work essentially the same, but be less likely to bog down. You could also look into getting…"
Monday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Eric Conceicao's discussion Barbecue/Grill convert to Roaster in the group DIY
"Hi Eric, I'm doing the same thing right now. I had been looking at an older coffee roaster, but had a lot of problems with the seller, so decided to just build one myself. My current plan is to get a large charcoal drum grill and hack on a…"
Oct 17
Ben Rasmussen and Andre Banks Rocha are now friends
Oct 15
Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion Roaster review
"I was recently emailing with another small chocolate maker who told me about an upgrade to the Behmor that gives a lot more control (although not complete control). You can set the power to the heating elements from 0% to 100% in 25% increments as…"
Sep 29
Ben Rasmussen replied to Michael Beery's discussion Sweating Sea Salt
"I had this happen to me a few times in the past, but it was due to the humidity in the room. I haven't had it happen again since I got that under control."
Sep 28
Ben Rasmussen replied to Katherine Botelho's discussion Cocoatown Melanger Belt Change
"If I remember correctly, I think the belts on the small melangers are about 3 feet long."
Sep 25
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Sep 19
Ben Rasmussen replied to Sarah's discussion Liquering
"I'm not sure what you mean by liquoring. Do you just mean that the chocolate maker who makes the chocolate you use does not pre-grind his nibs before further refining? If so, I don't think that should cause the problems you're having,…"
Sep 8
Ben Rasmussen replied to mariano garcia's discussion tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?
"No problem! Happy to help. :)"
Sep 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to mariano garcia's discussion tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?
Sep 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to mariano garcia's discussion tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?
"Hi Mariano. There's a lot of discussion on these two tempering machines (among others) on this forum. If you search for little dipper or chocovision, you can see what's already been said. I think there are a few threads that specifically…"
Sep 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to Jacob Royer's discussion Dallas Chocolate Conference/Festival
"Hi Jacob, I've taken part in it for the past two years and will be again this year. Looking back through my emails, it looks like it's been called the 'DallasChocolate.org Chocolate Conference & Festival' since 2012. The…"
Sep 2

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
I'm new to fine chocolate, so my most memorable experience was tasting my first fine chocolate at a tasting that my brother did.
My favorite chocolate is:
How could I possibly decide? I love too many.
My chocolate company (still very much in its infancy), Potomac Chocolate: site Facebook

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Potomac Chocolate Co. on Kickstarter

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:43am 2 Comments

Hey everyone,



A friend and I are starting up a small chocolate-making company in the Washington DC area called Potomac Chocolate Co. We're hoping to be the DC area's first bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Currently, we're just starting out and learning the process.



We've set up a Kickstarter project to help us get up and running and on our way towards our first bar. If we hit our… Continue

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