I'm experimenting with some conacado Dominican Republic at home, and after grinding for 24 hours I had super low viscosity (almost like water) with a super-small micron size. After adding sugar (30%…Continue
"I'm assuming you're in the US? USPS Medium Flat Rate boxes are $12.35 and you can line bubble foil around the inside, an ice pack, and wrap your bars in plastic (I've received boxes where the ice pack burst and gel got everywhere).…"
"What temperatures did you set the tempering machine to? Assuming you didn't seed with tempered chocolate, you should be heating to 114F, cooling down to 81F, then warming back up to 89F before pouring into molds. Also, it helps if your molds…"
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"it tells you a great deal, actually, but the most relevant bit for this discussion is that those beans haven't been particularly well fermented, and their fat will be low. In addition to being more bitter and less chocolate flavor wise,…"
"Depending on what kind of grinder you are using, excessive grinding will exponentially increase the aggregate surface area of the particles in the chocolate. When this happens, there can be insufficient cocoa butter to fully coat all of the…"
The Conacado beans are normally well fermented but quite acidic. So you would need to roast them adequately and than grind them for the first 12 hours (we roast at 130 degrees C for around 45 minutes, using a ball roast). During…"