Ask the Alchemist #126

I wanted to ask your advice on a spectrometer. I know that we should get our chocolate mass to a certain micron range. Would this be a good one to get or have you used a different one given the price? Also, do you recommend any other helpful tools to help with quality assurance? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S941UQM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3C39Q9TYAUQ03&coliid=I5H0ZZ8Z4OP88&psc=1 […]

Ask the Alchemist #122

I was wondering if you could explain or give your opinion about two steps of the process. 1. Roast 2. Crack with champion juicer 3. Winnow. 4. Pre-melange using the champion juicer to turn the beans unto a paste/liquid 5. Melange with spectra 11 for varying amounts of time. My questions have to do with […]

Ask the Alchemist #81

i want to buy the new spectra 11 grinder, but i want to do some dry grinding with it. (throw in some sugar and after that some cocoa nibs and refine them). after that is done, i want to add the rest of the ingredients; cocoa butter and milk powder.(because i want to make milk […]

Ask the Alchemist #70

I’m so glad you have the Premier Grinder now. But I now don’t know which one to pick. Which is your favorite? One day in, and I’ve already had this question multiple times. Fair enough. Neither. It’s kind of like asking which of your children you love more. Or for those of you without children, […]

Ask the Alchemist #33

I want to make chocolate for baking. Do I need to still go through all the steps of refining, conching and tempering? How is the process of making baker’s chocolate different from the process of making semi-sweet chocolate?You do not have to go through all of the steps you list above, but you do need […]

Roasted beans and customer accounts

A little while ago I acquired an antique roaster.  It’s in the process of being refinished, but in the meantime is completely functional.  As a result, all cocoa beans are now available as Roasted.  The odd 35 lb option is because that is the capacity of the roaster.  Right now I don’t have an option […]

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