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Pre Grinders and particle size

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Mar 20. 12 Replies

Hi All,I'm considering adding a pre-grinder to my set up (probably a nut butter type), but I'm wondering if any one out there already using one can tell me what particle size you get after a single…Continue

Selmi users in Southern California?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Sep 1, 2011. 6 Replies

Hi all, posting to ask if there are any of you in the Southern California area that use a Selmi tempering machine who would be willing to let me see it in action in person.   I'm very interested in…Continue

Revolution x3210 Temperer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathy Kuepfer Jul 7, 2011. 8 Replies

Hi, has anyone had a problem with their x3210 software freezing during a tempering cycle?  Mine seems to do it all the time such that I've only got 2 successful batches run all the way through a…Continue

Dealing with mold release marks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Feb 17, 2010. 15 Replies

I'm finding that all of my 1 oz bars are getting mold release marks once they are set up.  I'm positive they are the artifact of slow/uneven cooling (as per some good tips/advice from a member here),…Continue

 

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Mike replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"This same thing happened to me after just a handful of batches.  Its my experience that the folks at CocoaTown will do and say anything to not have to replace the belts on their machines.  I ended up buying replacements from…"
yesterday
Sebastian replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"Sorry for the late response mike - have been tied up.  There are pros/cons to everything - it depends on what your goal is.  Pregrinding your nibs can be very beneficial in that it can: 1) increase your throughput via reducing the duration…"
Mar 20
Mike replied to Melanie Boudar's discussion Converting from 3 phase to single phase
"I guess i lucked out on buying it as part of a package!   I do remember when I had the electrician installing it, he opened it up and said "That looks expensive."  I guess he was right. Seems like you're not going this…"
Mar 12
Mike replied to Melanie Boudar's discussion Converting from 3 phase to single phase
"Hey Melanie, I've been running my Selmi Plus off a Phase Perfect digital phase converter for two years with no issues.  Here's their website: http://www.phaseperfect.com/  Don't know how their prices compare to other brands…"
Mar 1
Sebastian and Mike are now friends
Feb 28
Mike replied to benjamin bulik's discussion Selling a new Macintyre style 45KG refiner. Best Offer in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hey Benjamin, can you send me pictures and more details?  Where are you located? Thanks, mike email to: okaroadmail@yahoo.com"
Dec 12, 2013
Mike replied to Jean-Marie Auboine's discussion FOR SALE SELMI COMFIT PANNING SYSTEM WITH SPRAY in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Can you please send me pictures to okaroadmail@yahoo.com? Thanks, Mike"
Sep 22, 2013
Mike replied to Omar Montilla's discussion Colloid Mill for chocolate refining process? in the group Startup Central
"Yeah this posting was a bit strange, i thought my post didn't go through because it didn't pop up on the top of the front page---just found it again in a google search.  glad I did, and thank you for responding. In terms of quality…"
Jul 3, 2013
Mike replied to Omar Montilla's discussion Colloid Mill for chocolate refining process? in the group Startup Central
"Sebastian--for grinding just roasted nibs, does one of the two grinding types you mention work better than the other?  I'm considering colloid mills for pre-grinding nibs, though information on them is pretty sparse (or written with poor…"
Jun 29, 2013
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"Ok, thanks for clarifying.  The design of the Cocoatown grinders are what's driving me to look at pre-grinders to begin with. It looks like the peanut butter machines are single pass types, more similar to an espresso grinder, so there…"
May 3, 2013
Brad Churchill replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"My refiners are like MacIntyre's - a horizontal drum with blades that rotate and scrape the inside of the drum.    For the most part, all of the nibs are ground, however there is a 4 inch guillotine spout at the bottom where nibs get…"
Apr 24, 2013
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"Thanks for all the replies.  I guess I can't get around straining, but I am still interested in the time savings I'd get with the pregrinder + cocoatown set up.  I'm making around 100 lbs a week, and that will go up if I can…"
Apr 24, 2013
Thomas Snyder replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"I think I read on chocolate alchemy that the champion's cutter wheel needs to be replaced every 250-300 lbs of beans. It's not impervious to damage, it's just plastic and steel. "
Apr 21, 2013
Brad Churchill replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"I have a champion juicer.  I had it before I started making chocolate, and used it all the time.  I think it cost me something like $350 CDN.  When I first started "pre-grinding" my nibs, the burs were sharp.  Within…"
Apr 20, 2013
Clay Gordon replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"Brad - Are you sure there's NO benefit? I my experience, it's a lot easier and faster to fill a CocoaTown with liquor than it is using nib. Also, because of the pre-grind step, batches tend to need to spend less time in the CocoaTown to…"
Apr 20, 2013
Brad Churchill replied to Mike's discussion Pre Grinders and particle size
"Mike; Grinding your nibs prior to putting them into the cocoatown mill, will not eliminate the need to strain your chocolate.  It is an imperfect device.  I use conche/refiners specifically designed for making chocolate, and we ALWAYS…"
Apr 19, 2013

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
making it for the first time from scratch
My favorite chocolate is:
still looking for it

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At 5:28am on December 17, 2011, Ruth Atkinson Kendrick said…

Hi Mike.  Sorry this is late--'tis the season.  ruth (at) sweetchocolot (dot) com.

 
 
 

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