"Honestly, solid chocolate will work for seed, tempered or not. If you melt chocolate, then let it set, you will have various types of crystals in there. Then, you take that semi-solid chocolate, it won't be real firm, and use that as seed. If…"
"I just ordered the IR thermometer so it will probably be next week before I can make the seed. I am looking forward to doing this very soon. I did try tempering a small batch this morning and the results were much better having raised the…"
"First some background and a little on what we're trying to accompish...
The cocoa butter in chocolate 'crystallizes' when it cools. The problem is, that it can crystallize in many different forms (at least six). The type you want is…"
"Without seed you're going to have a really tough time getting anything to temper with these machines -- the machine will tell you when to add and remove the seed. Without that you won't get the beta crystals (or at least not enough of them…"
"Thanks for your advice and encouragement. I will be tweaking the temperature settings today and looking forward to a new and better outcome. What a wonderful group of people here helping me out!
"I was making dark. Based on what both you and David are telling me, I need to make some temperature adjustments and warm up the molds and chill after filling them. I will also pay close attention to the humidity and crank up the dehumidifier to full…"
"It took several hours for it to set up and and being a novice I did't think that was a problem however now I know and really appreciate your contribution to helping me get through this problem. I was out of town all weekend and really feeling…"
"Hi Jack. I do not know ANYTHING about making chocolate, but I did just purchase a Rev Delta in the spring of this year. I could not get anything to temper with the preset temps. The melting temp is too low for really high quality chocolate. You can…"
"I was making dark chocolate and the Rev V has a preset or default temperature range of 108F to 88.7F. I guess I need to bump up the temperature on the high side and down on the low side. I will also warm up the molds. I did think it seemed to cool…"