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Topic: 2 Q's about chaff and Thermoses (11 msgs / 222 lines)
1) From: Scott & Mariya Baltes
I'm starting to think my vac pot problem may be too much chaff left on 
the beans.  Does anyone have any good ideas about removing as much as 
possible?  I roast a pretty small batch in my FR+, cool the beans on a 
cookie sheet, and rub the beans between my hands (mad scientist style) 
to remove what I can, but am still having stalling issues.
And how about cleaning the inside of a SS Nissan Thermos?  CafClean, 
Urnex, etc?  I know that small bristle brushes exist, but was really 
looking for some already-in-the-house ideas (salt, ice, and water for 
wine decanter stains for instance).  Thanks all and hope you're having a 
good weekend.

2) From: John Blumel
On Mar 19, 2005, at 2:38pm, Scott & Mariya Baltes wrote:
What kind of vac pot are you using? How old is it? What kind of filter? 
What grinder are you using? Can you describe the problem in more 
John Blumel

3) From: Ken Mary
There should be no chaff on the outside of the bean after a proper roast,
except for maybe 1 or 2 beans that you can easily pinch off in your fingers.
The FR+ should roast fast enough so the chaff comes off early while it is
still a blond color. Too-long air roaster profiles may not expand the beans
enough to pop off the chaff, and it will cling to the bean turning dark
brown, sometimes being very difficult to remove.

4) From: Brett Mason
Anybody have an idea about how I would remove teh chaff from my drum
roasted beans?  I can only envision a wipedown of the beans with a
towel, but that doesn't seem right....
Open to ideas,
On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 08:48:29 -0500, Ken Mary  wrote:
Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

5) From: Dennis Parham
Brett.... I had the same Issue with the Turbo Crazy setup...I use a 
wooden spoon, a powerful fan blowing up through at first (walmart sells 
a nice honeywell swivel turbo fan...) then.. wooden spoon.. stir them 
lightly against the Stainless Steel mesh colander... does a pretty nice 
job! maybe a hairdryer with heat off?? just some ideas...
Dennis Parham
On Mar 20, 2005, at 10:17 AM, Brett Mason wrote:

6) From: Neil Atwood
I thought you were a die-hard pan roaster Brett?  ;-)
In my RK drum, I've two phases of dealing with chaff.
When I first got the drum, I was using the little battery BBQ motor that 'spun' at a sad 2rpm. The beans roasted, but 98% of the chaff remained in the drum and came out with the beans when they were tipped out for cooling.
Since upgrading to a 57rpm RK motor, 98% of the chaff comes through the perforations in the drum and it either burnt up in the flames of the burners or sits in the bottom of the BBQ to wait for me to clean it out.
Either way though, the chaff came off the beans no problem...
Neil A.
Sydney, Oz

7) From: Brett Mason
I have wanted to do large drum roasting, so I picked up a rotisserie
at Christmas, and a drum shaped wire mesh basket last week.  I let the
flames lick at the beans, and I think it brought out the oils, and
this seems to hold onto the chaff, and gunk up the cheapie Melitta
Grinder.  My Zass of course is not bothered by minor irritants such as
My skillet is still my favorite, because of the hands on...  I like
being able to sip a beer while watching the drum, so I may gain
appreciation for this new sport.
Current roasters:
  Skillet on side burner
  Mesh Drum in BBQ
  Whirly Gig
  West Bend Poppery II
  West Bend Hot Air Corn Popper (looks just like the P2)
  Hamilton Beach Poaire II
  Heat gun in steel bowl
Current Grinders:
  Zass 499
  Melitta Burr Grinder (new, hate it)
  Melitta Whirly Gig
  Cory Burr Grinder (1940's) on its way from eBay
Current Brewers:
  Mokka Pot
  Clarity 10 Cup
  Bodum French Press
  Cory Vac Pot
  Cory Vac Pot leaving this week
  Starbucks Barista
  West Bend 30c
So I need more...
On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 07:05:13 +1100, Neil Atwood  wrote:
Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

8) From: Neil Atwood
As you have hinted Brett, I would not let the flames touch the beans.
Directly under the drum on my grill, I have the cast iron grilling plate, which spreads (and retains) the heat nicely...
Neil A.
Sydney, Oz

9) From: Matthew Price
I have had great success with OxyClean in my Stanley thermos.  I use
baking soda in my press but nothing would cut the stains from the
thermos.  A few grains of the Oxy was the first and only thing I have
found that will clean the bottle out.  It is harsh stuff and they say
not to soak metal in it, so I would not leave it in for more than 10
or 15 minutes.  You will also need to rinse it out with something
milder like standard dish soap or you will taste it later.
Despite all the hype, the stuff does have its uses.

10) From: Rick Copple
Matthew Price wrote:
I've used bleach before, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Oh, it 
did the job real nicely. My thermos kept getting moldy coffee if I 
forgot to empty it and didn't use it for a few days. I switched some 
bleach in it to sanitize it and for quite a while I ended up with bleach 
taste in my coffee. Finally it went away, but even today, several years 
later, I can leave coffee in it and it never grows mold! So if you can 
get through the bleach tasting coffee for a period of time, it works great!
Rick Copple
Marble Falls, TX

11) From: Mingles
I notice I can get rid of chaff if I shake the beans about in two
collanders put face to face, rather like a tea-ball or some sort of
makeshift samba instrument. You could probably achieve the same
results by putting the just-roasted beans into a jar or tin which is
around three times the capacity of the beans you've roasted and shake
it about for a bit. Then just toss em between collanders and they
should float off in a gentle breeze.
On Sun, 27 Mar 2005 02:51:14 -0600, Rick Copple  wrote:

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