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Spectra 11 wheels barely turning at the 8 hour mark...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mack Ransom Jul 28. 2 Replies

Hi TCL friends,I recently bought my first melanger and ran a small test batch and it worked perfectly! So I put a second, 7.8 pound batch of chocolate in my Spectra 11 and it ran well for something…Continue

Washing Spectra melanger parts in dishwasher under 140F OK per Santha….

Started Jul 23 0 Replies

Hi, I may be re-inventing the wheel, but I wrote to Santha to ask what was the concern with washing the removable parts of the Spectra in a dishwasher. Here is the conversation email train (note it…Continue

Using cacao butter as seed AND What temperature to add seed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Edelson Jul 18. 3 Replies

Hi Forum Friends,I have two tempering questions:1) Is cacao butter just as effective as chocolate for seed? I have used both and I can't see a difference. But one may be better than another? The…Continue

Bar packaging

Started Jun 14 0 Replies

I currently wrap my bars in paper backed gold foil, and then wrap them in a paper wrapper. The final product looks and feels wonderful, but it takes a lot of time to do this. My bars are 2 oz, 2.25"…Continue

 

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Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Jim, I buy mine from Bags for Gifts online.  Low prices and fast service. Its paper back foil I buy, but they offer foil too. Here is a link: http://www.bagsforgifts.com/candy-foil-c-57.html Look around their web site. Best of luck!"
Aug 18
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Aug 12
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Hi Gabriel, I missed seeing your reply yesterday. Wax paper, wow! Do you mean it is not a pre-pared sleeve, but a sheet your wrap and seal?  Looks good either way. Do you do your own printing on the recycled paper? What weight is the recycled…"
Aug 12
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Thank you Meira. I just sent them an email to get a price quote. What weight of paper did you use? I currently use 32# paper, hope to get a slightly lighter paper. "
Aug 11
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"I use a double sided tape that is micro thin and comes in a roller applicator. It leaves a sticky film, not really tape at all. Works great. I apply in 3 spots along the seam to save tape. The product is sold at Staples and is called "Permanent…"
Aug 11
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Hi Gabriel, I am curious how you make your wrapper, do you have printer or a commercial wrapper company who makes them, or do you print yourself too? I am also curious about your sleeve around your bar, is it separate from the wrapper with the…"
Aug 11
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Yes, that is my next step, once I stop changing my wrapper designs that is! Thanks!"
Aug 11
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Hi again Shalini, you print these wrappers yourself? That is what I am asking, you print yourself? Or do you have it printed by a commercial source? I make mine by using light weight photo paper, cut them, and glue them on. Is this what you do…"
Aug 11
Mack Ransom replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Hi Meira, I too am curious about the paper sleeve (wrapper) on your bars. Can you tell us who makes them and perhaps costs? I currently make my own wrappers by hand, but am looking for a commercial source. Thank you! Mack"
Aug 11
Mack Ransom replied to Mack Ransom's discussion Spectra 11 wheels barely turning at the 8 hour mark...
"Hi Rom, Well, I raised the temperature up to 108F and the problem went away! So I guess my chocolate was just too thick and created too much resistance. It's spinning away now perfectly, running at 109F. I am so relieved, as the Spectra is…"
Jul 28
It's Chocolate replied to Mack Ransom's discussion Spectra 11 wheels barely turning at the 8 hour mark...
"Mack, Not sure if this is the answer but sometimes chocolate seeps into the wheel cavity along the rod and hardens, thus slowing the wheels. You can unscrew the wheel cap and remove the wheel. If you find that the chocolate has hardened then simply…"
Jul 28
Mack Ransom posted a discussion

Spectra 11 wheels barely turning at the 8 hour mark...

Hi TCL friends,I recently bought my first melanger and ran a small test batch and it worked perfectly! So I put a second, 7.8 pound batch of chocolate in my Spectra 11 and it ran well for something like 8 hours when I noticed the wheels only had intermittent contact with the floor of the tub. In other words, the wheels were turning, but had sort of a pause in them, and I could hear it too. I could hear the wheel making contact with the stone floor and thus turning, but then perhaps  have…See More
Jul 28
Mack Ransom posted a discussion

Washing Spectra melanger parts in dishwasher under 140F OK per Santha….

Hi, I may be re-inventing the wheel, but I wrote to Santha to ask what was the concern with washing the removable parts of the Spectra in a dishwasher. Here is the conversation email train (note it is in reverse order, last email at top of page)Dear Mack,Yes, if it is only washing and below 140, it should be safe.Warm regardsKumarSubject: Re: Question about temperature and dishwashers...Thank you Kumar for this very useful information which will make it easier to clean the melanger.And also…See More
Jul 23
Mack Ransom replied to Mack Ransom's discussion After cleaning a Santha melanger, there are minute brown chocolate spots from water... in the group Startup Central
"I ended up running it with hot water, cleaning with a toothbrush, then I took the stone wheels off so I could be sure it was dry in the axle. It was yucky inside the axle, glad I opened that up. It is very clean right now. But it's a lot of…"
Jul 23
Mack Ransom added 2 discussions to the group Startup Central
Jul 22
Mack Ransom replied to Mack Ransom's discussion After cleaning a Santha melanger, there are minute brown chocolate spots from water... in the group Startup Central
"Thank you for these ideas Milford. I think I will try filling it with hot water and running it for a while and then re-rinse it using a toothbrush. Too bad it can't go in the dishwasher! "
Jul 22

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Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Laying on the couch with my g/f and discovering raw chocolate, yum!
My favorite chocolate is:
raw criollo arriba
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www.xtasychocolates.com

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