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Topic: New Toys (long) (4 msgs / 145 lines)
1) From: Joseph A. Feliciani
Hi all,
My newest order from SM came in the other day, and I finally cracked the box
open this evening. I ordered 5 lbs each of SM's blends: Liquid Amber,
Classic Italian, French Roast, and Moka Kadir. Lately, I've only been
roasting Jim Schulman's 1234 & Plum blends. But since I started using Ron's
drum, I had not roasted any of these.
I had 2 impulse buys while purchasing the above - the digital thermometer
with thermocouple and the Salter digital scale. The scale is easy to use and
has a large LCD display. I put a 1 gallon bucket on top of the scale, held
down the on button, and it automatically zero'd. Much easier to use than the
1lb mechanical one I was using up to now. Highly recommended. The digital
thermometer w/thermocouple was fun. I was walking all over the place
checking to see the temp of everything. I did put it in my bbq while
roasting tonight, but I need to play with the placement. It was a lot of fun
for $30!
Up to now with Ron's drum, I had been using the 3rpm motor that I use with
my Weber grill. Back in Feb, I purchased one of Ron's new gear motors, but
it being tax season, I never had the time to properly set it up. Today I
finally did. First off, Ron did a spectacular job of constructing the mount
for the 57rpm motor. Everything from the base, to the wiring, the switch,
and the mount itself is heavy duty and will probably last longer than the
motor. It was very easy to setup and adjust. I did have a couple of
problems - but it was not with the RK Gear Motor. Rather it was with the
Weber and a couple of its quirks. But I worked around them and tonight did
my first roast using the motor.
I roasted 2lbs of SM Classic Italian Blend. This is the same size roast that
I have been using with my old 3rpm motor. I wanted to see the difference.
The motor is quiet, but as someone mentioned before, the increased speed
does create a louder bean movement noise. I was surprised at the speed - in
my mind I was expecting it to spin faster but, of course, 57rpm is a little
less than 1 revolution per second. The faster speed does get rid of the
chaff much better - if I looked thru the holes in the bbq, I could see the
chaff igniting as it left the drum. 1st crack came at 11:19 which is much
faster than with the old motor. I was usually getting 1st crack anywhere
from 14 to 16 minutes. 1st crack was very easy to hear over the bean
movement noise. I turned down the heat and waited for the start of 2nd. The
start of 2nd was a little harder to hear - I think after a couple more
roasts, I will pick it up better. 2nd crack came at 15:26.  I stopped it at
this point - I was trying to match Tom's recommendation of Full City +. I
did have a little trouble pulling the drum, but again this was more of a
quirk with the Weber than with Ron's coupling. I cool in a large rectangular
wire colander and it was a joy tonight because I didn't get a chaff shower!
The faster spinning really does reduce the amount of chaff! The roast itself
is beautiful - very even color. I can hardly wait to try it.
The roast smelled better also. I think the faster roast (all of my earlier
roasts with the 3rpm motor usually finished in the 18 to 21 minute range)
really helped. I was always felt that the long ramp to 1st crack was baking
the beans to a certain degree. I don't think that will be a problem any
more.
Anyway, if any of you have been thinking about getting a faster motor, I
would do it. The combination of Ron's drum and gear motor is great. I have
very little time to roast and the amount that I can roast now really helps
me out.
Oops, I almost forgot, I did order Tom's new Beanface shirt. Very cool.
Joe
RK Drum #9,RK Gear Motor #?,Solis Maestro +,*$ Proteo Barista,Spidem Trevi
Digital +

2) From: Ron Kyle
That boy Joe
RK

3) From: Jason Molinari
How did you wire your thermocouple with the motor at 57rpm? I got mine to work GREAT at 6rpm, but with the 57rpm motor the TC wrapped itself around the spit shaft...
jason
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4) From: Joseph A. Feliciani
Hi Jason,
I didn't try to get it into the bean mass, just stuck the TC in through a
hole in the side of the bbq. How did you get it to work at 6rpm without it
wrapping?
Joe
RK Drum #9,RK Gear Motor #?,Solis Maestro +,*$ Proteo Barista,Spidem Trevi
Digital +


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