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Jack Meyer liked Jack Meyer's discussion Must cocoa butter be used to make milk chocolate bars?
Sep 9
Jack Meyer replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Must cocoa butter be used to make milk chocolate bars? in the group Startup Central
"Hi Hi Jim, Here's the link where I got the organic/deodorized Cacao butter. It's $11.95 a pound plus shipping.  www.ChocolateAlchemy.com I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks Again! Jack "
Sep 9
James Hull replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Must cocoa butter be used to make milk chocolate bars? in the group Startup Central
"Hi Jack, I'd love to know how you get on with deodorized butter, as I have not been able to find any yet, but like you, I am starting to think the cocoa flavour from my Nicaraguan beans is conflicting with my Peruvian cocoa butter. But could it…"
Sep 9
Jack Meyer replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Must cocoa butter be used to make milk chocolate bars? in the group Startup Central
"Hi Jim, I appreciate your advise and your formula. You certainly confirmed what I was concerned about. You also highlighted another one of my concerns about using butter that is not of the same origin. Now, for the first go-around I will use…"
Sep 9
James Hull replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Must cocoa butter be used to make milk chocolate bars? in the group Startup Central
"Hi Jack, ideally there is supposed to be about 30% cocoa butter of the overall mix, any less and I have found that between the sugar and the milk powder it gets really tacky, and basically clogs up the rollers in my machine and doesn't…"
Sep 9
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Must cocoa butter be used to make milk chocolate bars?

I just roasted some quality beans and would like to try making milk chocolate bars. Before I get too far into the process I thought I should ask for advise as to whether or not I must use cocoa butter as part of the recipe or can I simply use powdered whole milk, sugar and the liquor? See More
Sep 8
David Senk replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"Good call - that really is a lot easier if seed is all you're after..."
Aug 19
Jack Meyer replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"That seems fairly easy. I now have two ways to temper chocolate and when I get the IR Thermometer I shall try both. Thanks "
Aug 19
Mark Allan replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"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…"
Aug 19
Jack Meyer replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"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…"
Aug 19
David Senk replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"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…"
Aug 19
Jack Meyer replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"I'm going to take you up on your offer as I do not have any seed chocolate to use.  Thanks"
Aug 19
David Senk replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"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…"
Aug 18
Landen Zernickow liked Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice.
Aug 18
Jack Meyer liked Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice.
Aug 18
Jack Meyer replied to Jack Meyer's discussion Problem with first batch and need advice. in the group Startup Central
"I didn't use any seed chocolate. I am not sure in what situations that seed chocolate should be used. Can you help me with that?"
Aug 18

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Dark, Milk, White
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Trying the Cafe Britt chocolate covered espresso beans.
My favorite chocolate is:
Dark bittersweet

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