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Winnowing equipment for hobbyist

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clay Gordon Dec 24, 2012. 4 Replies

I can't help but drool at the vertex winnowers from Boston Cocoa. But dropping 35k into something that I'm currently not doing for profit is just not an option.I'm asking other bean to bar hobbyist…Continue

Sugar crystal not breaking down in Melanguer after 24 hrs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ning-Geng Ong Apr 6, 2012. 2 Replies

35% sugar in my batch of chocolate has been in the melanguer for 24 hours.I used table sugar  thinking that the melanguer would take care of it after a day.But it hasn't. The chocolate feels like…Continue

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Fermentation Troubleshooting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ning-Geng Ong Apr 25, 2011. 8 Replies

Cheers and sincere appreciation to the active members in this forum for all the information sharing and support.I'm a chocolate lover and have taken this passion one more step by trying to make bars…Continue

Uses for cocoa leaves and bloom.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nat Oct 30, 2010. 1 Reply

I've been told that young leaves make for excellent salad but I also recall reading that cocoa leaves have a level of toxicity, so I'm not sure if they are safe for consumption. Please share your…Continue


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Ning-Geng Ong replied to beth campbell's discussion melanger necessary?
"Hi Beth, I had also made chocolate using coconut sugar instead of table sugar. The humidity issues must be dealt with before the sugar comes in contact with the cocoa or the shelf life and finishing of the final product will be compromised. Are you…"
May 16, 2013

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk
Most memorable chocolate experience:
May not qualify in a strict "chocolate" sense -- as a kid of 5-6 years old, I would take walks in the palm oil plantation where cocoa was the secondary crop. The ripe, succulent cocoa flesh is one of the delightful discoveries.
My favorite chocolate is:
Alchohol infused pralines.

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