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Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Aug 9. 13 Replies

OK, I am a newby  FNG you might say.  I am almost done fermenting my first approximately 15 kilos of beans.  They did not reach the 45 degrees C suggested (Highest temp so far 34.6 degrees C).  I…Continue

Can powdered sugar be used in making chocolate bars

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Cameron Jul 20. 3 Replies

There seems to be lots of discussion about pulverizing the sugar before adding it to the chocolate liqueur.  Is there some reason powdered sugar is not used?Continue

newby maybe stupid question

Started this discussion. Last reply by cheebs Jul 20. 14 Replies

So, I made my first couple batches of Chocolate a week ago and even with all my mistakes, it was GREAT.  Maybe like a hot dog when you are camping...better than a rib eye at home.  Anyway as I move…Continue

 

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Jim Cameron replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Hello, not sure if anyone is still watching this thread but I have gone from not knowing a thing about packaging to having my bars on the market.  Sold out in hours on the debut with a small store.  This display, which I made, works well…"
Sep 12
Jim Cameron replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
Sep 12
Jim Cameron replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Does anyone know of a source for pre cut aluminum foil squares?  Not really square, rectangle 4" X 6" to wrap chocolate?"
Aug 18
Sebastian replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Note that when i mention consistency, i'm referring to wildly different each and every time; not so much exactly the same each time (which is almost impossible).  It has less to do with size (remember that even the largest chocolate…"
Aug 9
Jim Cameron replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Thank you Sebastian, I can't believe you take so much time and effort to help we the ignorant.  I think you nailed it when you said: " i've seen instances where repeatability and consistently simply don't matter for…"
Aug 9
Sebastian replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Hi Jim - i've actually written many of the manuals on cocoa fermentation, and while i may or may not be familiar with the specific one you're referencing, i will say that - generally speaking - the ministry of agriculture and rural…"
Aug 9
Clement Olando Bobb replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"With small amounts, I remove about half of the 'mass' by pouring into an empty bucket. The 'mass' left in the box is placed in another. The 1st portion is now replaced and the second placed on top. Similar to cascading into…"
Aug 9
Jim Cameron replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Hello Sebastian, Sorry, I meant 12x12x12 which has a volume of 7.5 gallons.  My current box is approx 16x20x8 which is about 11 gallons and was only about three inches filled (4 gallons).  I wonder if anyone has a copy of the Vietnam…"
Aug 9
Jim Cameron replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Hello Melonie, Do you have any specifics on how you go about the fermenting process in small batches??  Do you use boxes or another method?  Thank you for your help."
Aug 9
Melanie Boudar replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Here in Hawaii we often have small ferments"
Aug 9
Sebastian replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"12" cubed?  that'll only give you 2-3kg (ish) of beans.  You're going the wrong direction i'm afraid."
Aug 9
Jim Cameron replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Thank you both for your help.  I'll try a 12 inch cube and see how it works next time.  Any other suggestions would be appreciated.   Kindly "
Aug 9
Sebastian replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"I do not believe that at that box size and fill level, you will achieve steady state.   your surface area to internal mass ratio is just too high, and it won't be able to retain the heat it's generating.  it can be very difficult…"
Aug 9
Clement Olando Bobb replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Hello Cameron. In Trinidad and Tobago we ferment in 3' cubed boxes 3' High x3' wide x 3' high. We stack boxes 3 high in a 'cascade' system. Although you may have a 'critical mass', [just the minimum to begin…"
Aug 9
Jim Cameron replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"Thank you Sebastian:  I am at sea level 8.5 degrees off the equator.  I am trying to do a six day fermentation of freshly removed from the pod beans getting their temp to the 45 - 60 degrees C at about the forth day.  I remember the…"
Aug 8
Sebastian replied to Jim Cameron's discussion Box sizes for fermenting cocoa beans
"There is no 'right' answer.  it all depends on what it is you're trying to accomplish, what profile you're after.  personally, i do no advocate field fermentations < 150kg if you're looking for consistency.…"
Aug 8

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