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Topic: New to Group (John Abbot) (2 msgs / 64 lines)
1) From: Jeff Braman
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John,
 
Have a new model FR+ indicated by an (8); have not split the fan, as
have been led to believe that the fan cfm has been increased.
 
Find that beans do not scorch or burn, even at startup at “full” =
voltage
(beans still move nicely) and also when voltage reduced. Apparently on
prior models, a ¾ “ “block” was rotated from corner to corner to =
promote
more even air flow? I tried that for a few roasts and found that it
wasn’t necessary! Have not found a need to separate the fan circuit,
perhaps I need a better description of why that might be needed. 
 
Have done about 20 roasts and have tried to “follow” a roaster =
profile
(ramp to 350F in 5-7 min then full to 1st crack, throttle back for 4-5
minutes then just to second crack), this seems to work for me, prefer
City to City+ roast). So far have had reasonable success and  hope to do
better!
 
Thank You!
 
Jeff
 
 

2) From: John Abbott
Jeff,
The wedgie is useful for larger (90gram) loads to keep it from grouping
in the top.  I guess I lost track of the FR+ and didn't realize there
was a heavier fan.  I know that the original FR+ was stronger than my
standard FR.   I hacked my FR and split the fan so I could maintain bean
motion with lower heater voltage.  However I was never real happy with
the results - I guess I was comparing it to my HotTop.
It sounds like you're on top of it.  Keep us posted on what does and
doesn't work.
John - enjoying the last of my Brazilian.  Time to reorder (well yeah I
could roast some of the other beans I guess)
On Sun, 2004-02-29 at 19:47, Jeff Braman wrote:
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