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Roaster review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donny Gagliardi Sep 30. 4 Replies

Hi there,I am looking into some small scale home roasting roaster options.  I've narrowed it down to about 3: Behemor 1600, CocoaT Junior Roaster from Cocoa Town, or a stainless steel drum (RKdrums)…Continue

DIY Winnower

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Rasmussen Aug 21, 2013. 11 Replies

Hi all, I'm looking to build a winnower and have come across a few models posted on this site. I also have the blueprints of another winnower that looks promising but cant figure out one of the…Continue

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molding imperfections

Started Jun 15, 2013 0 Replies

Hi all, I've been practicing tempering with my Chocoa melter for a couple of weeks and finally produced a decent product. Its not perfect though and needs refining. I've posted a couple pics that…Continue

Seeding with cacao butter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Johnston Jun 20, 2013. 8 Replies

Has anyone tried seeding with cacao butter? What method did you use? Did you melt first then add, or did you add chunks at a time?

 

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Donny Gagliardi replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion Roaster review
"I would like to test the convection oven roasting method. Reading up on past posts, some members swear by this method and have yielded successful results. Is there a way to modify your oven to ensure even air flow?"
Sep 30
Daniel Haran replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion Roaster review
"25% increments sound like too little control. I get very different roasts with each 10-20 degree difference, which is trivial to accomplish with the Gene Cafe. Are you supposed to cycle up and down between 50-75% to get a desired temp between those…"
Sep 29
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
Daniel Haran replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion Roaster review
"I've used a Behmor for a while - what's frustrating is the lack of control. I'd read about roast profiles in forums or books and be unable to apply it, so I resold mine to a friend and got a Gene Cafe. It's a lower capacity…"
Sep 28
Donny Gagliardi posted a discussion

Roaster review

Hi there,I am looking into some small scale home roasting roaster options.  I've narrowed it down to about 3: Behemor 1600, CocoaT Junior Roaster from Cocoa Town, or a stainless steel drum (RKdrums) hooked up to a rotisserie on my BBQ.From what I've read, the Behemor is decent and not without its quirks, and only roasts about a lb max.  $299 Reasonable price for the beginner.The CocoaT Junior Roaster seems like a great option.  4-6 lbs at a time, beans rotate slowly in a stainless steel drum…See More
Sep 23
Donny Gagliardi added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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Couverture Chocolate Callets

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Aug 28, 2013
Donny Gagliardi joined Clay Gordon's group
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Aug 28, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"No problem--glad to help!"
Aug 21, 2013
Donny Gagliardi replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Got it now. Thanks for the clarification!"
Aug 20, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"I'm not sure what you mean by it being cut 3/4 of the way and bent. When you cut the hole in the pvc, you're left with a disk. That is then bolted to the inside of the pvc pipe blocking the bottom of the feeder pipe. It's not bent…"
Aug 20, 2013
Donny Gagliardi replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Okay I read that post as well but couldn't figure out how the deflector sits in the tube...it looks like it's cut 3/4 of the way....is it then just bent forward?"
Aug 20, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Hi Donny, John talks about the deflector disk in this blog entry: http://chocolatealchemy.com/2011/07/13/chocolate-alchemys-diy-winnower-part-2/ There's a lot of great info in all of the blog entries and comments about the…"
Aug 20, 2013
Donny Gagliardi replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Hi Clay thanks for your response and side notes. I wanted to ask on this forum first as it seems more active at this time. In terms of feeding a steady supply of nibs, i was planning on mounting a cracker (crackenstein?) over top and having the…"
Aug 19, 2013
Donny Gagliardi replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Thanks Ben, I've read that thread and studies the blueprints but couldn't figure out that one part. and you're right, my question has not been answered there yet."
Aug 19, 2013
Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Hi Donny, As Clay mentioned, this was designed by John at Chocolate Alchemy. I started a thread over there about it when he first released the design: http://chocolatetalk.proboards.com/thread/975/chocolate-alchemy-diy-winnower Ben"
Aug 19, 2013
Rodney Nikkels replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Dear Donny,  I have made that winnower a year ago and it still works well. I assume you refer to the piece of pipe you'll need to cut out and use to create a kind of convection in the supply tube? You'll just put it in-side, place…"
Aug 19, 2013

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Letting a small piece of Lindt 90% melt on my tongue slowly, and coat the roof of my mouth, then taking a sip of espresso...
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Lindt 90%

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