December 14, 2004
I stumbled upon a site where people are making their own chocolate from raw beans, in their own homes. It's worth taking a look at.
Check out the notebook on the right of the homepage. He has all of the stages of chocolate making figured out, except the conching. If any of you have any ideas to help him conch with improvised houshold equipment then send him an email.
I think he has tried using an icecream maker on a heat pad. He has made his own unrefined chocolate but just needs that last invention to make the chocolate reach it's full potential. I admire him and the others who are trying these things out.
Perhaps what he should try is a bread kneading machine with a heat pad wrapped around the outer side, or just a small lamp to warm it up. A cheap bread maker might do the trick because it will knead the chocolate and he might be able to place it on a setting that is the correct temperature. Maybe. Maybe not. If you have a bread maker can you tell me if it allows you to knead and warm through at the same time, or can it only do one at a time?
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September 7, 2003
I don't think the bread machine would work...
the conching is a major mechanical operation.
Maybe an engineer could figure this one out...
i think it would require building something
new, or being very lucky shopping for a small-scale
conching machine that might fit in a garage...
best of luck
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