Tonight I tried combining the cracking, winnowing and grinding stages with the Champion. The first pass I ran the beans through with the blank in place, as if I was making a nut butter ( this may have been unnecessary) Then I kept running the coca through with the screen until I was left with a very small mass of waste. I had no dust, and it was a much quicker process. I still do not have a Wet Grinder, so I do not know if this method would impact the end result of making chocolate, but it still worked well as a chocolate coating for the maple sugar I made. My question is: Is there a downside to th e method I used?
I also noticed that the cocoa liquer that I had left turned 'blotchy'. So I do not think I would use that method again, especially if you say that the taste is not quite as good. Besides, my coca mill arrived today, and that will reduce the dust.
Post by chocolatemama on Aug 27, 2007 14:40:45 GMT -5
Hello I'm new to this forum and I am toying with the idea of making my own choclate for a home based business (baking). What equipment would you suggest for a small ...no, none existant budget to get started? That you from a stay at home single mom (is there a such thing?)
The Santha and the champion, I'm pretty sure, are the most necessary. I got my champion off craigslist for $75, which is a lot better than $300 new. The grinder though, I don't know if you'll find a used modified one. You might have some luck finding a used, unmodified grinder on ebay or craigslist, the instructions for hacking it are on the alchemy website. You can order your beans ready to go into your juicer, and then all you need is the cocoa butter and all that. Good luck, if you find a cheap way to do it please share!
Aloha! I don't know if this is the right place for this note;but here goes. Last time I made chocolate; I measured wrong and put in too much sugar. the santha had run for about 24 hours so the liquor was warm. I decided to bump up the cacao content so I put winnowed nibs in the mix and it turned it into lquor.Let it run for another 2 days . Smooth and tasty.Aloha