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Ben Rasmussen
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Ben Rasmussen replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"I modified my vibrating table over the weekend. The new simplified design worked great. I wasn't able to find clear HDPE, so I used 'natural' which is basically cutting board material. I didn't have any sugru on hand, so I added…"
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Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Yep, exactly. You'll need to change the way you control airflow, though. My thinking was to replicate what I'm doing with my winnower, and use a pvc ball valve. So, I would hook a PVC "T" connector to the husk output of the…"
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Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Thanks! I look forward to seeing the video. One idea would be to hook it straight up to a vortex dust collector on a 5-gallon bucket, replacing the built-in shell collection chamber. I use one for my current winnower and can winnow 30 Kg or more…"
Thursday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"I'd love to see it in action, too! What kind of yield are you getting? Any problems with husks in the nibs or vice versa?"
Thursday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Annmarie Kostyk's discussion What to do about To'ak Chocolate?
"Thanks Annmarie!  :)"
Thursday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Annmarie Kostyk's discussion What to do about To'ak Chocolate?
"When I'm doing it, I'm aging it untempered in a block. In the discussions, others say they're aging tempered bars, though."
Wednesday
Ben Rasmussen replied to Annmarie Kostyk's discussion What to do about To'ak Chocolate?
"Hi Annmarie, I haven't had To'ak or looked too closely into any of their claims. That being said, there are several discussions on these forums, as well as elsewhere, debating the benefits (or lack thereof) to aging chocolate. Personally,…"
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Mike Condo replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"Thomas,  This is great! This is exactly what I had in my head.  I'm glad that it works.  Thanks a lot for posting the picture of your table.  this is simple and looks great."
Dec 15
Ben Rasmussen replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"Awesome! I think I was overestimating how big the molds were. I just measured one of mine, and it's a tiny bit bigger, but I'd just have to increase the top size about a centimeter.  Great job on really simplifying the design!…"
Dec 15
Delcour Thomas replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"the HDPE sheet is pretty much rigid as glass "
Dec 15
Delcour Thomas replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"This is actually a design for two standard mould size 27.5x17.5"
Dec 15
Ben Rasmussen replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"This looks great, but what does this gain you over just putting the mold directly onto the vibrator? Do you think that a much larger piece of HDPE sheet (big enough for at least two molds) would be rigid enough to work with this type of design?"
Dec 15
Ben Rasmussen replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"Looks like we were talking in different units of measurement. (cm vs. inches)  :) My current table holds two molds and any new one I build will need to be able to hold at least two, but preferably 3 or 4."
Dec 15
Delcour Thomas replied to Ben Rasmussen's discussion Vibrating Table in the group DIY
"Hello,  I just fixed the HDPE sheet to the vibrating table and it work perfect, I didn't try it yet with full chocolate mould, but i did a little test and the vibration are stronger on the sides, which is good. Thomas"
Dec 15

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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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