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Topic: Aerorost II (23 msgs / 414 lines)
1) From: Ben Treichel
Michael Osten wrote:
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garbage

2) From: AlChemist John
Underpowered and lack of control.  From just the description, it would give 
you baked, not roasted coffee.
Aside from that, you are saying  a production roaster.  What is your plan 
for it?  Lots of back to back roasts?  Just home use?  Small business?
Sometime around 04:33 1/9/2005, Michael Osten 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/

3) From: AlChemist John
Nothing like two replies.  I responded the 1st time before read the site 
and was going on memory.  It looks like they have improved the power 
somewhat.  The first review was talking about 30 minute roasts still, but 
others were 15-20 minutes which is better.  I don't like the linear 
temperature profile though, nor the lack of a true profile. I would spend a 
little more and go with a Hottop if I were going to purchase this range of 
roaster.  Also, it appears to be an in drum cooling cycle.  That is not 
good for "production" efficiency.  Lots of wasted energy and I don't recall 
how long it said (if it said) it takes to cool.  Cooling is critical to a 
roast.
Do check out the Hottop.
Sometime around 04:33 1/9/2005, Michael Osten 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/

4) From: AlChemist John
It looks ok, but at $1500 I would expect that and out of the price range 
you stated.  Also, it is 240 v and only 1000 watts.  That seems a little low.
Sometime around 07:17 1/9/2005, Michael Osten 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/

5) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Jan 8, 2005, at 11:10 PM, Michael Osten wrote:
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A search of the archives will turn up several negative reports on the 
Aerorost II.   Probably the best deal for a roaster with the ability to 
do a pound for less than 1K is a Ron Kyle drum and a nice BBQ.
       Jim Gundlach

6) From: Ben Treichel
Michael Osten wrote:
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John has it right. Also Areoroast one was a real joke. 60 minutes to 
French roast. Anybody who knows or cares about coffee wouldn't try to 
sell this as a roaster.
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Ben Treichel
Program Manager
S.E Michigan
SwRI
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248-935-6845 (m)

7) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 08:51 1/9/2005, Ben Treichel typed:
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Right now they show french as 20 minutes.  Do you think they increased the 
power?  Looking at it "freshly" it does look better.
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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: Ben Treichel
AlChemist John wrote:
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Yeah they added a halogen lamp on the front window. But I just won't but 
from someone who is willing to out crap on the market. It says tons 
about them and their business ethics.
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Ben Treichel
Program Manager
S.E Michigan
SwRI
248-232-7365 (o)
248-935-6845 (m)

9) From: Ming Wang
Well, if you even try to order anything from their webpage, it's not even a 
secure online form so that's dodgy enough and is shoddy business practice. 
The only thing I can say is that their drums are rather reasonably priced, 
if not half as large as Ron's.

10) From: petzul
Gosh, they do that with 1000 Watts?
My turbo beast can do a pound easily.
Not quite as pretty though in some respects. Also, I let the chaff run 
wild and free.
PeterZ
Still happily roasting, here in LHC.
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11) From: Brett Mason
Free Range Chaff - not purpose bred chaff - our email threads are
coming together...
On Sun, 09 Jan 2005 14:03:13 -0700, petzul  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
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12) From: AlChemist John
I thought a price tag of $1000 or under was wanted.  This is over that.  At 
that price though, I expect it to look like a good roaster. As for the 
wattage, size they are on 240 v which is going to take a special hook up in 
most places, it would be nice to use it to highest extent of its 
capability.  15 amps at 240 v is 3600 watts.  Somewhere in the 2500-3000 
range would be nice so the roaster (person) has better flexibility over the 
roast profile control.  Plenty of room to maneuver that way.
Sometime around 16:36 1/9/2005, Michael Osten 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/

13) From: Gene Smith
Has anybody besides me been getting repeated posts from this person with 
attachments and no message?  What gives?
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

14) From: AlChemist John
No, not I.  You must be special :^)
Sometime around 07:49 1/10/2005, Gene Smith 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/

15) From: Michael Osten
On Jan 10, 2005, at 9:49 AM, Gene Smith wrote:
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I have to PGP sign messages for work.  Some mail clients don't handle 
it well.  I'll turn it off for this list.
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Michael Ostenhttp://www.bleepyou.com/~mosten/pgp.txt

16) From: Gene Smith
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Thanks, Michael...for some odd reason I've been getting them - showing from 
the Homeroasters list - but apparently others haven't.
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

17) From: Dave's Coffee
Can anyone give me some insight into the AeroRost II? I know Sweet Maria's
doesn't carry them. I am looking for a good roasting solution that will step
me up from the air popper that I can roast 1/2 to 1 pound at a time. Any
advice would be appreciated!
Dave

18) From: Steve Cooper
A friend of mine had the original Aerorost, which was next to useless. 
Underpowered, 40+ min for dark roasts. He modified it by adding another 
element... which sounds like what they did for the "II" version. But 
haven't seen or used this version, so can't fairly say. 
This came up in January, check out the archive. "AlChemist John" had 
lots of great points.
--- Steve Cooper ---

19) From: Brett Mason
On the low end, I like my skillet and BBQ sideburner;  
My Whirly-Pop over a flame does about the same, but you can't see in
because the flaps are down (they may be removed soon)
RK Drum on a BBQ?
Just some lil thoughts,
Brett
On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 13:09:34 -0600, Dave's Coffee  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
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20) From: Steve
Have you considered a Galloping Gourmet/Stir-Crazy set up?
-Steve
On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 13:09:34 -0600, Dave's Coffee  wrote:
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21) From: Dave's Coffee
No, can you explain?

22) From: Steve
Galloping Gourmet is the trade name (?) of a convection oven who's top
(the heat part) is set upon a Stir-Crazy, a type of airless popcorn
popper with stirring rods.  I've successfully and evenly roasted
upwards of a pound of greens with this combo and have since bequethed
my modified PII to my pseudofather-in-law since I'm never going back. 
There are a number of convection oven units of other makes which
apparently also work well including Sunpentown.
SM has a bit of information about the combo about halfway down this page:http://www.sweetmarias.com/homemade-homeroasters.htmlThis setup is also heavily discussed in the formus at www.coffeegeek.com.
There are a number of us here on the list that use and experiment with
the GG/SC combo so feel free to ask questions about it.  In fact, I'm
roasting a pound of espresso blend tonight!  :-D
-Steve
On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 17:26:07 -0600, Dave's Coffee  wrote:
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23) From: Dave's Coffee
VERY Helpful. Thanks. I think I might attempt to build one of these!


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