I received in my order of cocoa butter today. I have not figured out how to make it yet, but maybe one day. That is what I have been waiting on as far as getting may test batches ready for refining and conching. I started doing some figuring and realized I really needed an automated way to calculate ingredient amounts, so I went ahead and built a small excel spreadsheet to do the calculations. I enter how much cocoa I have to work with, and what I want the percentages of cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter and lecithin to be, and it gives me the data I need in lbs, oz and grams of each ingredient. What I realized is that to really do the comparison tests I want I either have to do less than the 1 lb cocoa batches that I wanted or roast and grind up some more cocoa. I only have about 3.5 lbs of the five pounds I started with (husk and general loss, from numerous batches). I had planned on only 3 tests. I have five comparisons I want to do now, ranging from just cocoa and sugar to up to 8 % cocoa butter. I have a feeling I will roast more, but I just don’t know yet. Depends how much time I can find. Yeah, I will roast more. All in the name of Alchemy!
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