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Get Forked!
« on: March 24, 2007, 08:36:40 AM »
This is my first post as VR but I recently changed my name  >:D from Ronbro to Villa Roma. Many years ago when I was cutting my pizza teeth, I worked at a restaurant called Villa Roma in Lakeville, Mass. One of my duties was to make pizza. The pizza wasn't very good and the place has long since gone out of business but I kind of liked the name and it has a nice Italian ring to it.

Enough about me, let's talk about getting forked! We've all seen the SAF yeast package with Frenchy mixing dough with his fancy fork mixer. Secretly we all wished we could have one of those fork mixers but they cost several thousand dollars and who makes that much dough at a time anyway. What's a poor boy to do? Make his own mini fork mixer, that's what a poor boy is going to do!

I scooped a tuning fork off ebay for $6 and then modified it by cutting the ball end off the handle. The next step was to file the tapered handle to about 1/4" so it would run true in my variable speed drill. I then rounded the fork ends of the instrument. Finally I drilled a hole in a plastic bottle cap so the dough would not climb onto the drill chuck. The tuning fork is only 5" long but I made a batch of dough that weighed 850 grams and the mini fork mixer worked like a forking dream.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2007, 10:16:50 AM »
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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007, 12:29:38 PM »
Send it over and I'll weld on a KA mounting hub. <kidding>

Nice job!  Unfortunately, my wife restricts my use of power tools and non-food related "stuff" in the kitchen, especially after she found automotive engine parts in the dishwasher.  <blush>

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 01:01:51 AM »

Yeah, we've all been there. I used to use the oven to bake the enamal on my freshly painted projects until I got busted by the kitchen police >:(.

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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 04:15:35 AM »
I was checking out the Santos fork mixer and got a few ideas. I wasn't going to allow the competition to "one up" me! So I modified the "Joe Sixpack" fork mixer. Check out the hot new curves, very sexy don't you think!  Can you say Tool Time?

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007, 04:39:41 AM »
The drill turned too fast even though it was a variable speed model so I regrouped and used my B&D pivot driver cordless screwdriver. It works perfectly, especially for small batches of one or two pizzas. Here's a pizza made with the mini fork mixer.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007, 12:52:35 PM »
Villa Roma!
Great pies!
I sure would love to see that fork mixer of yours in action... have you made any videos with it yet?

I'm inspired by the videos of your LBE and may have to buy ANOTHER, smaller Webber Kettle since I can't bring myself to chop up my 22.5" and dedicate it to pizza.  DH brews beer, so we have a couple propane burners + the one for the turkey deep fryer...

thanks!
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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 02:34:12 PM »
Villa Roma!
Great pies!
I sure would love to see that fork mixer of yours in action... have you made any videos with it yet?


SD.....Thanks, I don't have a video but I'll make one next time I make pizza which should be in about two weeks. That was an experimental batch but it came out surprisingly good.

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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 02:57:22 PM »
Thanks, Villa Roma!
I'll be watching for the video...  DH loves it when I give him reasons to play with his tools and make nifty stuff!

BTW, I had to laugh at a couple of the posts above since I was the kitchen police who blew the whistle on the EX-husband when he put nasty motorcycle parts into the dishwasher!  If he had put wet, fume-y enamel paint into my oven, I prolly would have killed him, not divorced him!   >:D   :o   ;D

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 11:45:51 PM »
duuude... sell those.  I want one.. Name your price!

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2007, 02:24:07 AM »
duuude... sell those.  I want one.. Name your price!

- aba

You can use an electric hand held mixer but only use one of the beaters. If you don't have one, you can get just the beaters and use an electric drill/screwdriver. Search on Ebay for dough hooks.

Here's an example below. $5 for a pair! I ordered a set to go with my collection, plus a few more tuning forks >:D.

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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2007, 11:41:03 AM »
nice!  gotta love ebay.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2016, 10:28:31 AM »
Brilliant!  8)

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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2016, 11:31:36 AM »
Any chance of splicing a dimmer switch on a regular mixer to control the mixing speed?   Has anyone heard of someone Doing this or tried it?  What are the risks besides the obvious one of damaging your mixer?  Is fire a real risk here?  Safer than modifying the home oven?

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2016, 12:00:39 PM »
Any chance of splicing a dimmer switch on a regular mixer to control the mixing speed?   Has anyone heard of someone Doing this or tried it?  What are the risks besides the obvious one of damaging your mixer?  Is fire a real risk here?  Safer than modifying the home oven?

Here's an interesting place to start...
http://www.electronicspoint.com/threads/dimmer-switch-as-a-controller.45928/
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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2016, 02:15:54 PM »
Why do you want to slow down your mixer?
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2016, 02:21:57 PM »
Why do you want to slow down your mixer?

Bc I'm curious if there is a difference in the end product with slower mixed doughs but don't want to spend $1500+ to find out.  Do you think it would work on the KA Craig? 

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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2016, 02:43:21 PM »
Yes, I did this with my Bosch Universal Mixer. I felt that, even at the slowest speed, the mixer rotated too quickly, resulting in dough that was warmer than ideal (e.g., 80 degrees+).

I did/do like the Bosch Mixer, but wanted to slow it down, if possible, without losing what I like about it (which is efficient mixing with the incorporation of air into the dough). The "fix" was to plug the mixer into a lamp dimmer that was then plugged into the wall. It works very well -----it will  slow the machine down only so much before it simply stops rotating, and, even if it is still rotating, it is possible to slow it to the point where it really only pushes the dough around, but with a little experimentation, I think it is doing a good job and is an improvement over the lowest factory setting.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2016, 03:17:30 PM »
Bc I'm curious if there is a difference in the end product with slower mixed doughs but don't want to spend $1500+ to find out.  Do you think it would work on the KA Craig?

I think KAs use brushes, so probably. I would have thought it would reduce your torque meaningfully, but it sounds like it worked OK for Jim on his UP.
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2016, 12:01:52 PM »
Yes, I did this with my Bosch Universal Mixer. I felt that, even at the slowest speed, the mixer rotated too quickly, resulting in dough that was warmer than ideal (e.g., 80 degrees+).

I did/do like the Bosch Mixer, but wanted to slow it down, if possible, without losing what I like about it (which is efficient mixing with the incorporation of air into the dough). The "fix" was to plug the mixer into a lamp dimmer that was then plugged into the wall. It works very well -----it will  slow the machine down only so much before it simply stops rotating, and, even if it is still rotating, it is possible to slow it to the point where it really only pushes the dough around, but with a little experimentation, I think it is doing a good job and is an improvement over the lowest factory setting.

Jim

Thanks for chiming in Jim.  So you used a light dimmer switch instead of a Variable AC Rheostat as posted by Reesa?  I could probably find either at Home Depot or Lowes Home Improvement.  Are you still using the  dimmer switch when mixing dough and if so, what difference have you noticed in the finished product? 

I'm sure you are aware that for a cooler dough you can also start with cold(er) water. 

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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2016, 01:06:33 PM »
Thanks for chiming in Jim.  So you used a light dimmer switch instead of a Variable AC Rheostat as posted by Reesa?  I could probably find either at Home Depot or Lowes Home Improvement.  Are you still using the  dimmer switch when mixing dough and if so, what difference have you noticed in the finished product? 

I'm sure you are aware that for a cooler dough you can also start with cold(er) water. 

Chau

Watch out for the watt rating of the lamp dimmer. It may be too low for a mixer motor.
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2016, 01:47:59 PM »
Well I couldn't help myself. I tried my 600 watt dimmer on my wife's 300 watt KA (she's not home now ;)). It seemed to work fine, no dough so no load. On setting 1 (KA) the motor really sounded weird at high speed, but on speed 10 I got the whole range of speeds. I'll guess on speed 10 all of the internal KA speed controls are bypassed so the dimmer is in full control of the motor.

So you can get the speed down to less that step 1 on the KA. Did not do a long test but found no evidence of heat.
 
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