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Topic: New at roasting (18 msgs / 355 lines)
1) From: Jerry Ainsworth
I began roasting recently using a modified Poppery I.
Have tried several beans at different degrees of
roast and keep gravitating back to french.Is there
a bean that is better suited to take to 470-480 degrees
than SUMATRA MANDHELING? Also does anyone know where I
can get the deitz globe and can I drill through the
roast chamber just below the globe to insert the weber
thermeter without any problems?
Many Thanks,
Jerry Ainsworth
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2) From: Jon
Just ordered a dietz glob fromhttp://www.lanternnet.com/According to Dick Heggs page the dietz #30 is the one to get which
corresponds to the clear version of catalog #851 on this pagehttp://www.lanternnet.com/lanterns4.htmlThey ship US priority mail and answered my e-mail on shipping cost rather
fast. Have to order over the phone though since they have no online ordering
system. Hope that helps.

3) From: Sue Stevenson
Hi, I have lurking for  several months. I happened upon green coffee beans and the idea to roast my own after looking for a mail order source for Costa Rican coffee. I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a few weeks  based in Cahuita, Costa Rica this past summer. I hate to admit it but I always drank, in huge quantities, large cans of whatever coffee was on sale at the supermarket (it all tasted pretty much the same). When I arrived in Costa Rica I thought my brother and the locals we were with were crazy because they started drinking coffee even though it was the hottest and most humid place I have ever been! I did try the coffee after several days of acclimating tho the weather. We boiled water over the stove and poured it over the coffee grounds in a fabric filter hanging from a wooden pineapple! I brought back all the coffee I could fit in my suitcases. In fact, I bought an extra suitcase to fill with coffee! After running out a few months later, and spending a lot on 
 cases of roasted beans, I happened upon the web site of Sweet Marias. Now I'm hooked. I really don't know what I'm doing, but it sure is better than Maxwell House! The biggest problem is that I can't roast enough! Much of what I've been reading I don't understand yet, but it's interesting to read all your posts, each time I learn a little more. Thanks! Sue

4) From: Johnny Kent
Welcome Sue,
what are you roasting with and what's your coffee consumption rate?
At 10:38 PM 3/9/2004 -0800, you wrote:

5) From: Ron Kyle
Welcome to the list Sue. enjoy the journey.
There are a few roasters available that will roast 1/2 lb and up.
Alpenrost  1/2 lb
Hot Top 1/2 lb
both sold at SMhttp://sweetmarias.comthen there are some of us that roast using a BBQ grill and a drum. 1 to 4
lbs at a time.
Ed Needhams drum will do 5
My drum will do 4
Ron Kyle
Drums for grillshttp://rnk10.tripod.com

6) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Mar 10, 2004, at 12:38 AM, Sue Stevenson wrote:
What are you roasting with?  I can easily roast 2.5 pounds a time in my 
      Jim Gundlach
      roasting over pecan wood fires
      in La Place, Alabama

7) From: john Abbott
I don't WOK on the wild side that often, but a pound is about all I can
do comfortably in mine and still have stirring room.  I might get 2.5#
in it, but I couldn't stir it.
John - really thinking hard about a BBQ roaster again
On Wed, 2004-03-10 at 08:39, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:

8) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Mar 10, 2004, at 10:39 AM, john Abbott wrote:
I have an 18" diameter wok, it easily holds half a 5# bag of beans with 
plenty of room to stir, although I will occasionally toss a bean out.  
But then, I tend to get a bit energetic when I do things.  My wife says 
I'm the only person she knows who gets flour on the ceiling when I make 
Jim Gundlach

9) From: Mike McGinness
Sue, welcome to the List and the world of home roasting. Enjoy the journey!
Sounds like they had a much nicer choreador to brew with than I have. Mine's
a coffee sock hanging from a simple bent wire frame stuck on a small wood
block. Poor man's choreador Susan from Canada got in CR and sent me. I
consider it WAY cool! Yeah, I know about suitcases full of coffee, 'cept
mine have always beens greens. Returning from Hawaii last month my 22"
pullman "carry on" alone weighed 72#! (checked luggage now has a 50# limit
:(  Carry-on isn't "suppose" to weigh that much but since they don't weigh
them ...
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

10) From: john Abbott
You're MY kind of cook Jim.  When I was in my teens my mom would let me
make a cake now and then.  When I would start she would put the old
Electrolux on the kitchen floor and smile knowingly.  My wok isn't all
that deep and not well made, but does the job.  Doctor Cathy talked me
into Wok roasting and into Jambit estate at the same time.  I think I'll
invest is a steel Wok and just use it as a back up for beans. However my
mind is really tugging at the BBQ roaster.  I have some insane ideas
about automating one by controlling the air flow more than the flame. 
I've got way more wanna than do lately though.
John - Enjoying another day headed for the high 80's 
On Wed, 2004-03-10 at 11:14, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:

11) From: miKe mcKoffee

12) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Mar 10, 2004, at 11:33 AM, john Abbott wrote:
John,   I'd say go for it.  I really believe the BBQ roaster is where 
the future growth of home roasting lies.  It allows you to roast a 
weeks worth of coffee at once, it takes care of the smoke problem, and 
it is generally free of the kinds of problems the kitchen appliance 
route is so well known for.
Jim Gundlach

13) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Mar 10, 2004, at 11:51 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
     I mix by hand.
        Jim Gundlach

14) From: john Abbott
Yeah I'm going to go that way Jim.  My only hangup is I'm in the middle
of a digital hack of the HotTop.  But I guess I'll do what is most
appealing and then get back to the HotTop.    I plan on buying a new BBQ
and gutting it and putting in one of Ron's drums.  My next point of
interest is: can I control the heat by venting outside air?  And how
well can I control the bean temperature.  
Since I'm at square two (one was making the decision) I'm open to any
and all suggestions and directions. 
John - Wondering why I ever worked since retirement is so much fun
On Wed, 2004-03-10 at 13:34, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:

15) From: Ed Needham
John, I have all the parts to vent my grill using a Poppery 1 as a make up
air unit.  I had originally planned to cut a 3" hole on each end, but
yesterday I had the brilliant idea to cut one supply hole and build a box on
the back where the two halves come together with a built in vent.  My chaff
already 'flows' out this space, so with a little forced air, it should vent
smoke, and remove a lot of chaff from the roaster.  A desired side effect
will be that I will be able to control the roaster temps with a dimmer on the
heater and fan of the poppery.
As soon as my two herniated disks (yeah, I got the MRI results yesterday)
heal enough to do all that bending over, it's a done deal.

16) From: John Abbott
Great Idea!  I was wondering if forced air would be helpful in that
environment - and then of course it would.  My heat is going to be flame
- so the air is about the only control I would have.  More to think
On Sat, 2004-03-13 at 23:25, Ed Needham wrote:

17) From: Johnny Kent
Ouch! Hope you get over that soon.
A friend here had just the one herniated and it put him out of action so
much they had to operate. He recovered but it took some weeks. Here's
hoping you recover swiftly without the need for intervention.
Take it easy,
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18) From: peter zulkowski
Hi Ed,
Above all, never give up. In '73 I had a herniated disk, and was finally 
operated on. Recently had back spasms, and the MRI showed a crushed 
vertebra (don't know when/how THAT happened). Never bothers me unless I 
overdo, but I was wondering why I am a half inch shorter (seriously)! 
Rest, do the exercises, and get well soon.
Praying for you,
It really IS spring break! here in LHC :)
Ed Needham wrote:

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