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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 Alek Dabo yesterday. 19 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

Tags: equipment, making, chocolate, winnowing, winnower

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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Alek Dabo replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Great idea. I'll let you know with photos when I get it going. I'm not sure how easy it'll be to get a ball valve in Santo Domingo. Maybe Amazon."
yesterday
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…"
yesterday
Alek Dabo replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"That's great, because I ordered the Dust Deputy from oneida after winnowing to protect my shopvac.  You're saying I should instead hook it air-tight to the husk exit, right?"
yesterday
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…"
yesterday
Alek Dabo replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"I will put a video this W.E. The good thing about this set-up is that you immediately see what falls in the husks and can adjust the air intake. So, provided you manage a fairly consistent intake of beans from the juicer or manually,  the…"
yesterday
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?"
yesterday
Donny Gagliardi replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"Looks great! I'd like to see it working if you could film it."
Wednesday
Alek Dabo replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion DIY Winnower
"By strictly following the measurement and plan from the realseeds.co.uk you'll get a perfect wooden winnower on the cheap. The wood material is attractive and the plexiglass front provides a show as well allowing to check what really happens."
Wednesday
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
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Aug 28, 2013
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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

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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...
My favorite chocolate is:
Lindt 90%

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