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Topic: My first drum roasts (8 msgs / 192 lines)
1) From: AlChemist John
About 2 years ago, just at the beginning of the traditions, I received a 
small roasting drum from Jim G.  Well, I finally adjusted my gas grill, 
mounted a rotisserie motor and shaft and went for it.  11 lbs this 
evening.  The difference is that I did 11 lbs of cocoa.  I have some test 
projects backing up and I have been needing to get a way to roast these 
things in some bulk and well, the drum worked very well.  I have to say, it 
is a different feel to roasting.  Much more relaxing and laid back.  Less 
kinetic than air roasting.   The first 2 lb roast got my feet wet. The 2nd 
3lb roast went very smoothly.  Very calming and predictable, except for the 
third batch when then drum shifted, opened and beans spilled out and the 
temperature rocketed to over 700F.  The 4th was much better :-).  All about 
15 minutes to first crack (which is the end of cocoa roasting)
All said, I like drum roasting.  I will actually have to do some coffee.  I 
may even consider a new gas roaster, home built in my spare time of 
course.  So much more energy available than electric.
Later.
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

2) From: Ben Treichel
Al said
'All said, I like drum roasting.  I will actually have to do some 
coffee.  I may even consider a new gas roaster, home built in my spare 
time of course.  So much more energy available than electric.'
So much more easily adjustable (valve vs varic or scr).
Ben

3) From: Ed Needham
You are making my mouth drool just thinking about chocolate and roasting.
Dang, I  start another hobby!
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Ed Needham
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4) From: Ed Needham
You are making my mouth drool just thinking about chocolate and roasting.
Dang, I  start another hobby!
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Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com
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5) From: Bill Martin
I have 8 or 10 cacao pods ripening on my tree.  Wanna come out here and 
mess with em??
Bill
On May 1, 2004, at 5:54 PM, Ed Needham wrote:
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 From the fertile slopes of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island

6) From: Bill Martin
I have 8 or 10 cacao pods ripening on my tree.  Wanna come out here and 
mess with em??
Bill
On May 1, 2004, at 5:54 PM, Ed Needham wrote:
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 From the fertile slopes of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island

7) From: AlChemist John
Oh, and the aroma coming off was amazing.  None of that delicate 
popcorn/coffee smell.  Just pure intense dark chocolate brownie aroma 
wafting from the grill.
Here is you hand basket....:-)
Sometime around 08:54 PM 5/1/2004, Ed Needham typed:
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

8) From: Jean
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
::sigh::
('Don't know if I'm glad or sad I never got around to installing that =
Smellavision software. . .)
Jean =~/


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