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Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francis Murchison Jun 6, 2013. 8 Replies

Hello,I have the older model of the small cocoatown melanger and have been through one belt change over a year or so with one batch a week in the last nine months. Recently I've noticed that the…Continue

 

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"Hi Francis, We would be happy to send you a sack. If you could please email me at gdlaube@gmail.com I can send you a better response with a little bit more about what we are doing. Best, Giff"
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Dec 9, 2013
Francis Murchison replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"Thanks Eric. I will do this test. I talked to Cocoatown and they can sell me new rollers for $200. I'm thinking of trying to redo the roller tubing and bushings instead. Also, if there is some other way for me to increase downward pressure, the…"
Jun 6, 2013
EricP replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"What happens is that the insides of the bushings get worn away as the rollers rotate around the metal shaft that holds the rollers. With extra play in the assembly it no longer applies consistent (or any...) downward pressure along the point where…"
Jun 6, 2013
Thomas Forbes replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"Yes I have had similar issues.  The first 24 hours of refining the liquor or nibs goes fine.   When I add sugar and little butter, one side and a once, both stones stopped turning.  I also made a few batches of milk chocolate and…"
May 26, 2013
Francis Murchison replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"Thank you for the feedback folks. I made some rudimentary bushings following the recommendations of my engineering friend again (basically thin plastic angled washers with a small protruding plug). Fitting them was a bit hard because they had to be…"
May 24, 2013
Brad Churchill replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"If the bushings are just plastic, it seems to me that making new ones can't be that difficult.  I would hazard a guess that the hole in the granite is pretty standard, and there is a hole saw (drill bit attachment) with the same…"
May 4, 2013
cheebs replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"No, food grade Teflon is not toxic.  How else would there be millions of Teflon-coated nonstick pans out in the market? Cocoatown will sell you the stones with the original crappy plastic bushings.  Up to you to have new bushings…"
May 4, 2013
Francis Murchison replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"by 'bushings" you mean the nylon fittings inside the roller stones? I was looking at everything with an engineer friend of mine yesterday and we did notice that they were pretty much toast, we ordered new nylon to replace. Yes the stones…"
May 3, 2013
cheebs replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Cocoatown ECGC 12 melanger roller stones no longer turn
"The bushings wear out.  Either get new stones or have the old ones refitted with new, Teflon bushings.   You are disassembling and cleaning the stones after each use right?"
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May 9, 2012
Tim Moore replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Looking for Chocolate melangeur in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hello Gordon, We are small chocolate company in Oregon but growing quickly and wanted to know if had sold your equipment or if you had any leads on stone grinders/melangers. Thanks, Tim Moore 541-728-3844"
May 10, 2011

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At 7:44pm on December 9, 2013, Gifford Laube said…

Hi Francis,

We would be happy to send you a sack. If you could please email me at gdlaube@gmail.com I can send you a better response with a little bit more about what we are doing.


Best,

Giff

 
 
 

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