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Dave Huston replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Ok.  Thanks I'll consider doing that."
yesterday
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."
yesterday
Dave Huston replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Are you talking about something like this, such that I could put it inside the Spectra 11 housing on top of the new motor?  http://www.sunon.com/pro.php?c1=2  Perhaps like the fans inside desktop computers?  Or are you thinking about…"
yesterday
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.  :)"
yesterday
Dave Huston replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Yep.  Another moment of me not thinking things through.  The pulley system certainly does gear down the rotational speed of the bowl.  Doh!  I'll crack open the Spectra 11 tonight to see what the motor labeling…"
yesterday
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…"
yesterday
Dave Huston replied to Dave Huston's discussion Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Thanks Ben.  I'd like to stick to a single speed motor for now, mostly due to cost as you mentioned.  However, doing a cursory Google search, I've found many 1/4 & 1/3 HP motors that seem to spin in the 800 - 1200 rpm…"
yesterday
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…"
yesterday
Dave Huston added a discussion to the group Home Brew Chocolate
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Santha Spectra 11 Motor Replacement Suggestions?

Hey All,Got any suggestions on a motor to replace the cheapo motor that comes with the Santha Spectra 11?  Additionally, if any of you have upgraded your Spectra 11 motor, did you have any troubles installing and/or overheating issues with the new motor?  I have two Spectra 11's now.  My newest used model seems to be quite underpowered compared to the first Spectra 11 I bought new, as such the used model spins quite a bit slower than my original model.  I've replaced the V-belts on both units…See More
Friday
Candy F. Cole replied to Dave Huston's discussion For Sale: A Few Polycarbonate Molds in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi Dave,  I see that you posted this almost a year ago.  Did you ever sell your molds?  I am seeking to purchase some. I may be contacted at CandysChocolates@outlook.com Thanks, Candy (yes, that is my real birth name!)"
Oct 1
Dave Huston replied to Thomas Snyder's discussion Chocolate Equipment for sale in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hey Thomas, I'd be interested in your Spectra 11.  How much are you thinking of selling it for?  When did you purchase it?  Does it have one or two scraper arms?  How much has it been used?  Etc. etc etc.  You can…"
Sep 7
Andy Koller replied to Dave Huston's discussion Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Hi Dave, thanks for your input. That might help me once I will start with infused and flavored chocolate.To me it pretty sounds like it makes sense. Thanks & Best, Andy"
Jul 23
Dave Huston replied to Dave Huston's discussion Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Hey Andy, I've been infusing peppers into melted cocoa butter overnight.  I then strain out the peppers and the cocoa butter has the flavor and heat/spice of the peppers. Independent of that process, I make my chocolate (beans and sugar…"
Jul 23
Andy Koller replied to Dave Huston's discussion Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Hi Dave, i forgot to ask you one thing: When do you add your flavors into the chocolate? I mean at what stage?Also do you add it in form of very fine grained substance or in which form are the flavours added? That would interest me, as I only have…"
Jul 23
Dave Huston replied to Dave Huston's discussion Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Shoot!  I forgot to reply Andy.  Sorry. My flavor-infused chocolate turned out fairly well.  I infused some fatali peppers from my garden into some cocoa butter and made some very spicy chocolate bars out then.  They left some…"
Jul 11
Andy Koller replied to Dave Huston's discussion Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"Hi Dave,I also do mostly dark chocolate with around 70% of cocoa mass, only sugar added.I started to experiment a bit with vanilla and will start to experiment with cocoa butter (without flavour, just for the smoothness of the chocolate). I…"
Jul 8

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Eating a Bonnat Puerto Cabella bar as a Christmas present was my first introduction to "higher-end" chocolate. Wow!! I'd sooo much rather pay $10 for a bar of choco that'll last me a week and I can savor than the cheaper stuff.

Of course, now I'm making my own chocolate, which is pretty damn fun!!
My favorite chocolate is:
Dark without inclusions. Simple and elegant.

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At 1:08pm on October 21, 2013, ChocoFiles said…

Hi Dave, do you sell the chocolate that you make or is it just for your personal use?

Also, what is your favorite cacao origin?

 
 
 

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