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. Scott
On Mar 19, 2005, at 2:38pm, Scott & Mariya Baltes wrote: <Snip> 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 detail? John Blumel
<Snip> 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. --
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, Brett On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 08:48:29 -0500, Ken Mary wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!
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: <Snip>
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 <Snip>
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 chaff.... 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... Regards, Brett On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 07:05:13 +1100, Neil Atwood wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!
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 <Snip>
<Snip> 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.
Matthew Price wrote: <Snip> 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
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: <Snip>