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Topic: need some iRoast advice for a novice (3 msgs / 80 lines)
1) From: Dwayne T Walker
Hi Group
I am a relative novice at home roasting. I started roasting and getting 
advice from this group several months ago. Now I am in need of some more 
direct advice.
I started roasting with a Fresh Roast Plus and after a bit got pretty good 
at it. This last month I moved up to an iRoast. Now I seam to be completely 
confused again.
With the Fresh Roast Plus I relied heavily on hearing first crack and 
second crack. With the iRoast I can't here anything! How can I tell when 
first crack and second crack happen if I can't here them? Are there any 
other indicators of first and second crack?
I am also having trouble getting a roast beyond FC. I thought I read about 
a list of profiles that other users of the iRoast are using but I can't 
find any reference to it now. Of course I may be imagining things...
Dwayne

2) From: DEchelbarg
In a message dated 1/17/2005 12:42:49 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
wb5plj writes:
Hi Group
I am a relative novice at home roasting. I started roasting and getting 
advice from this group several months ago. Now I am in need of some more 
direct advice.
I started roasting with a Fresh Roast Plus and after a bit got pretty good 
at it. This last month I moved up to an iRoast. Now I seam to be completely 
confused again.
With the Fresh Roast Plus I relied heavily on hearing first crack and 
second crack. With the iRoast I can't here anything! How can I tell when 
first crack and second crack happen if I can't here them? Are there any 
other indicators of first and second crack?
When I started with the I-Roast I didn't think I could hear anything either, 
but you can train yourself to hear both cracks.  It is pretty easy if you are 
roasting without venting it.  Just place your ear near the exhaust.  You will 
be able to hear the cracks and distinguish them from beans hitting the glass.  
You will also hear the tinny sound of the 2nd.  I can hear it even when I am 
venting by placing my hear close to the top of the machine (carefully not to 
burn your ear).
I am also having trouble getting a roast beyond FC. I thought I read about 
a list of profiles that other users of the iRoast are using but I can't 
find any reference to it now. Of course I may be imagining things...
My profile is: 325 for 2 minutes;  375 for 3; and program out to 10:00 at 
425.  You may need to go hotter.  about 3:30 into the 3rd program is City Plus; 
4:00 to 4:30 is Full City; and closing in on 6:00 is Vienna.  There is a 
learning curve with this roaster, like all of them.  Have fun.  Different beans 
roast at varying rates, as you know.
Dwayne
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3) From: Dwayne T Walker
Thanks I will keep my ear open and be patient. I am using the same beans 
that I am most familiar with roasting until I get the hang of the new 
roaster. Just trying to limit the variables a bit.
Dwayne
--On Monday, January 17, 2005 2:11 PM -0500 DEchelbarg wrote:
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