• Questions about Grinders

    • Q:

      What are the features and benefits of CocoaT Grindeur?

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    • Q:

      Why do I see grey color in the nut butters while grinding them in the Melanger/Grindeur?

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      If the stainless steel roller shaft is not cleaned right before using, the nut butters will turn gray. To prevent gray color butter, clean the roller shaft and the stones as described in the cleaning instructions.

      If the tension knob on the Grindeur is overtightened, it can cause the roller stone to hit the roller shaft vertically and damage the stainless steel shaft. Damaged stainless steel will ooze out as gray color in the nut butter. The tension knob on the Grindeur is to release the tension completely while conching. So do not over tighten them.

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    • Q:

      What is the difference between a melanger and a grindeur?

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      Melanger is a belt driven appliance for grinding Cocoa nibs in small batches of 8 -10 lbs or less. It is ideal for small chocolate shops, chocolate teaching classes, laboratories to develop flavors and for enthusiasts to make chocolate at home.

      Grindeur is a Gear motor appliance with a minimum tension on the belt. Commercial version of ECGC Grindeur comes in three different sizes to process different amounts of cocoa nibs – ECGC-30 for 30 lbs, ECGC-40 for 40 lbs and ECGC-65 for 65 lbs. ECGC-12 mini Grindeurs are the scaled down version of the commercial Grindeurs and ideal for testing labs and small operations.

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    • Q:

      How do I start the melanger or grindeur?

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    • Grease the roller stones with cocoa butter (if you are using it for grinding cocoa nibs) or nut butter (if using for grinding nuts). Place the roller stone assembly in the stainless steel drum. Lock the roller assembly in place. Start the melanger or Grindeur. Once the roller stones start rotating, add the cocoa nibs or nut powder slowly. Make sure that the roller stones are rotating freely without any struggle. If the roller stones are struggling, stop the unit, remove some of the contents from the stainless steel drum and then restart the unit./faqitem]