German. Usually pretty good.
"Goopy" tells me that moisture or humidity was introduced. Could be from working in a humid enviroment (pots bopiling near by, d/washer nearby, etc) or from a non a/c kitchen.
From what you describe, you have moisture infected chocolate.
Shokinag has many types of couvertures and chocolates--just as Ford or GM has many types of cars. Most, if not all European chocolate mnfctrs will state how "fluid" the chocolate is on the label of the package with the "raindrop" pictogram (1-2 drops very thick, 3 medium, 4-5 very fluid), or, failing that, state the actual cocoa butter content.
As others have said, lecithin is added to couverture and chocolate to increase fluidity. This is a very small amount, in between .2 and .5%, as in, a half of one percent. There are no chocolates in the under $60/ kg ($120.00/lb) range without lecithin, as the small amount of lecithin mimics the addition of almost 10% of cocoa butter. The super-expensive chocolates don't add in the lecithin as they charge enough to cover the cost of adding the extra cocoa butter.
The lecithin addition shouldn't surprise you though, as you should of learned it in school, or should have found out yourself by reading the labels of other couvertures, like Callebaut or even the drug-store chocolates, they all contain lecithin, and have done so since the early 1900's.
Callebaut has many types of couvertures, the most popular being d8-11, followed by 60/40 and 70/30.
Now, I need you to do a little homework, o.k.? Google "St. Hyacinth" AND "Callebaut" in the same search, and tell me what you find.
ive read/reading it now and im understanding what its saying but i dont understand the point that you are trying to say??? sorry for not understanding what you are trying to put across. the most popular thing that it is coming up with is barry callebaut. am i on the right tracks?? it also put me into another cheftalk fourm where you also replyed to someone saying that most of callebaut comes from a plant from st.hyacinth. am i on the right track?
The plant in Quebec produces for most of N.America. The cocoa beans come from all over the world (no cocoa does, or ever did grow in Europe...) the sugar from S. America, the plant is in Canada, and most of the milk powder is canadian.
So what's the point?
What's Belgian about Callebaut? Is the point.
I other words, names don't mean much, the product itself does.
Shokinag is a good brand, they make cheap stuff and good stuff, just as with any other mnfctr. I was using it for years and was happy with it until my distributer started playing games with me concerning pricing and availability--nothing to do with the quality of the product itself.
This is nothing.
Check out this thread... http://www.cheftalk.com/t/71900/facial-hair-in-the-professional-kitchen
This one has lasted a couple of years... http://www.cheftalk.com/t/61187/hollandaise-sauce-question
Those are just two that I came up with from my own posting history and IMO are not all that bad.
There are some that get so "heated" that the mods delete posts and issue warnings, lolol!
I guess what I am trying to "say" is the passion displayed by many of CT's members may come across as short or grumpy or even condescending, but
I have found, as a whole, the regular (foodpump is one) contributors to be not only knowledgeable and generous, but patient with those of us that don't "get it" right away.
Stepping down from my soapbox now ;-)