OK, that said: I have never cleaned the drum in my Hot Top, I clean all the other areas, keep chaff from building up in tiny little spaces. SZo Alfred take back what you said about my roaster. ginny
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I would love to read a post from Tom on this as well; Other than the degree of roast and time to completion, do burnt on and = baked coffee oils on the roaster affect the taste of the roasted beans? Does Tom clean his Probat? Porque?
<Snip> No ... no cleaning. Think of it as a cast iron skillet, you season it and keep it oiled. Now, if you have a real buildup in the drum, then you clean it. You can get a charred buildup from having fires mostly, which a attentive guy like me who hates charring coffee just doesn't do! :-) If you do get buildup in a shop roaster, you go out to the central valley and buy 20 Lbs of almond shells, dump it in the roaster with the drum on and no heat, and leave it overnight. In the morning ... clean! Tom -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters" Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george
OK, like old Billy Extine in his song, "I apologize" Read my post on the self cleaning oven. Why not pop the drum in there and go have a martini?
Now, if you have a real buildup in the drum, then you clean it. You can get a charred buildup from having fires mostly, Tom: OK on this, but when I pulled out the drum it was heavy with black, baked on oils that came off in sheets when I plunged it in the bucket of Urex. What about my post on the self-cleaning oven trick?
On Dec 14, 2004, at 10:29am, alfred wrote: <Snip> Alfred, I think Tom's point is that you don't want the drum to be absolutely clean down to the bare metal. Rather, you want the drum to be 'seasoned' with a thin layer of oils. If you have a buildup beyond this, obviously the almond shell trick won't work in the Hottop but a small brass or stainless steel brush would probably achieve the same effect of taking off any crusty buildup. John Blumel