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Stone base in grinder/melanger polished smooth, time to replace?


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The stone base in my wet grinder/melanger has become smooth where the wheels track.  It's quite polished, slippery to the touch.  Time to replace, or fine to continue using as is?

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You are tightening too much. You get smoother faster when there is actually a tiny big of space between the wheels and stones. You need to replace I would say. What brand is it?

 

 

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Premier Chocolate grinder, model "wonder", purchased 2016, I make 5-10lbs chocolate a year with occasional praline nut butters.  I tighten the nut until it stops, isn't that how it works?  I don't pregrind my cacao beans, drop nibs in after winnow.  I usually preheat everything in my oven at "warm" setting for 10-15 minutes to evaporate moisture from the stones, and warm up the nibs.

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So that's the 8 lb size? Going to suggest you contact Melangers.com and talk to them about getting a new set of stones with the stainless setup. Confirm with them the setting of the nut - but we have been told to turn until it starts to grab then one full turn. If you hear any squeaking or other similar noises back off til they stop. The new stones have the metal washers that don't come out - you'll be thrilled!

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Cool, thanks :)  Before I posted, I was considering upgrading to the stainless scrapers, and their website shop shows that part comes with the rolling stones (🎶).  So I'd just need the drum, and that is it.  I'll reach out to them with what I have going on and report back what I learn.

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59 minutes ago, jedovaty said:

Cool, thanks :)  Before I posted, I was considering upgrading to the stainless scrapers, and their website shop shows that part comes with the rolling stones (🎶).  So I'd just need the drum, and that is it.  I'll reach out to them with what I have going on and report back what I learn.

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They got back to me and said I need to tighten to stop then turn two full rotations back.  I also found instructions on their website which have similar steps.  They didn't address whether the stone needs to be replaced.

 

I asked them some follow up questions but haven't heard back, been over a week now. 

 

I will replace the stone since the epoxy is coming off and I'm too lazy to fix that.  Having written that, any idea whether I have the large or small drum?  My current drum has an 8.5" diameter and 5.5" internal height.  I did not find drum dimensions on their site.

 

Thank you!

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2 hours ago, jedovaty said:

They got back to me and said I need to tighten to stop then turn two full rotations back.  I also found instructions on their website which have similar steps.  They didn't address whether the stone needs to be replaced.

 

I asked them some follow up questions but haven't heard back, been over a week now. 

 

I will replace the stone since the epoxy is coming off and I'm too lazy to fix that.  Having written that, any idea whether I have the large or small drum?  My current drum has an 8.5" diameter and 5.5" internal height.  I did not find drum dimensions on their site.

 

Thank you!

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I suspect it's the small one, here you go.  Based on their website, it looks like only the tilting unit has the large drum.  For some reason, I thought the large drum was also available on the non-tilting units.  Are the drums interchangeable, or do they have different diameters?

 

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So that is an older version of the 8 lb size with the 8 lb large bowl.  You would put the small bowl on it it and/or replace it with the 8 lb bowl both with the new stainless fittings.

 

If you have the tilting base you can put the 10 bowl, the 8 lb bowl or the small bowl with replacement of the middle post. 

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New drum and roller stones received, they fit.  Weekend project to clean/season and then away I go!  This time, I won't lock things down all the way.

 

Thanks again for the help :)

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Finally had a chance to make some chocolate with the new drum and scrapers!  I usually start with a 2lb bag of beans from the chocolate alchemist, by the time roasting and winnowing is done, the weight of nibs comes to between 600 and 700 grams, and I generally make 80-95% darks.  The stainless scrapers aren't really made for such a small amount, especially since the mass tends to be a bit thicker due to my humid environment.  There are two solutions, either double up roasting or install the original scraper.  I really wish there were a drum roaster that could handle 2-3kg cacao beans, all my troubles would be resolved!

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