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  1. I never bother with the blender step in that recipe. I pour the hot liquid over the chocolate and stir it together, like you would do for a ganache. I've used different chocolates and cocoa powders and never had a gritty result. Have you tasted the boiled cocoa powder/water mixture before you add it to the chocolate? That might help determine if the grit is from the cocoa powder or the chocolate.
  2. Cocoa powder can work. David Lebovitz has one that uses cocoa powder as well as bittersweet chocolate and it results in a very creamy sorbet. The cocoa powder is boiled in the water. I've used this recipie a few times and it always works great. No grittiness at all. https://food52.com/recipes/17877-david-lebovitz-s-chocolate-sorbet
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    Keeping coloured cocoa butter warm

    We use a dehydrator hooked to a temperature controller (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V4TJR00/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Turn the dehydrator to a high temp, plug it into the controller and put the temperature probe in the middle tray of the dehydrator near the cocoa butter containers. We put our airbrush in there, too. The temperature controller will turn the dehydrator on and off to maintain the set temperature. Much more flexible and accurate than the thermostat on the dehydrator. As a bonus, you can plug a small refrigerator into the controller set to cooling mode to use the fridge for chocolate work.
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    Anyone using a LP Gas stove?

    We live in a rural area and have a 6-burner Bluestar on LP. No issues at all.
  5. We have a 6-burner Bluestar. The oven door gets a bit warm, but the handle does not. It's a great range. We've only had a couple of minor problems in the 12 years we've had it and all have been easily fixed by a local repair guy. It's a big advantage that there are no electronic parts to fail, so almost any appliance repair person can work on it.
  6. This may be the source of the original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pastrychefantoniobachour/33421755742/in/photolist-SVnezY-RMWxvi Andrey Dubovik's Instagram feed has a photo of these chocolates from above.
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