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Topic: $17.00 bean cooler (10 msgs / 156 lines)
1) From: johngullam
Just thought I'd post a pic of the new bean cooler I put together this A.M.
It's a $10 Honeywell Tornado fan and a $7 colander both from Target + a 
little cardboard.http://fitzgeraldgullam.com/DSCF0002.jpgPlenty of airflow, nice and stable and the colander sits nicely in the 
cardboard and can lift out to dump.

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Looks like it should work quite well. What's the colander diameter? Just 
curious, guestimating batch size capacity:-) Also thinking it'll be good at 
blowing off residual chaff so likely best used outdoors!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

3) From: Jared Andersson
I am a big fan of that fan.  It is super strong and quiet.  Plus it
fits the bottom of my flat bottom target mesh strainer perfectly.  I
don't use the cardboard since it will sit right on top of the fan.  I
have use other methods of cooling including pouring between colanders,
spreading out on a large heat absorbing surface and stirring in the
mesh strainer in below 0 weather.  My version of your set up is by far
the fastest method I have used.  Mike since my set up is very similar
to John's I can say the strainer is about 101/2 inches in diameter at
the top, and 7 inches on the bottom.  It is  4 3/4 inches deep and
could easily cool a couple pounds if needed.  The fan's face is 8 14
inches in diameter with a lip so the strainers 7 inch diameter fits
easily and securely.  Jared
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4) From: johngullam
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Exactly.
I also like the wire framed mesh.  I've deformed the sides to sit 
solidly inside the cardboard and I may tweak the rim (I can't seem to 
leave well enough alone) for easier pouring from the colander to the 
Mason jar.
A new cooler, another thrift store convection oven and ten pounds of 
green on the way - I wish it would stop raining so I could stop getting 
ready to roast ($) and actually roast something!!!

5) From: johngullam
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Oh yeah - This is not the fanhttp://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-1/qid11467409/ref=sr_1_1/601-5598198-1542539?%5FencodingF8&asin°001YIV10johngullam wrote:
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6) From: Jared Andersson
I use a canning funnel to go from strainer to jar.  It works great.  Jared
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to John's I can say the strainer is
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the top, and 7 inches on the bottom. It
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could easily cool a couple pounds if needed. The
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inches in diameter with a lip so the strainers 7 inch
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easily and securely. JaredExactly.
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7) From: petzul
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Not to keep beating a dead horse , but I think air cooling is just fine.
For several months now I have been using a hand held hair drier. One of 
those Pro 1800 watt jobs with the cool air only option. I leave the 
beans mixing in my Turbo Beast and point the hair drier at them. Just 
have to be careful not to blow the beans out of the roaster. Have to be 
careful not to cool them too quickly, usually try to get down to 160 F 
in about 2 - 3 minutes.
This cost me $3.00 in a thrift store.
Well, I have not figured a way to catch the chaff yet, nor have I even 
thought about it.
Somehow I love to see the cloud of chaff block out the sun ;-)
Well, not really, but there is a LOT of it, and eventually the wind 
takes it all over the neighborhood.
Or else I have to just vacuum it up :-(
PeterZ
Adding his 1.5 cents from here in LHC.
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8) From: Obrien, Haskell W.
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I just kill the heating element in my popper and let it run til the
beans are cooled.
This cools the popper and the beans.  It probably won't work as well
once it gets 80-90 outside.
 
Will

9) From: John Crippen
Jared,
 I had been pouring hot beans back and forth between screen colanders
before today. I just used my new cooling fan and screen basket.  Wow! 
This is a huge improvement.  The beans are completely cool in about a
minute. (I usually roast one cup of green beans).  Can't wait to see
what effect this has on the flavor.  Even if going from a 3-minute
cool down to a 1-minute cool down has no huge effect, I am happy just
knowing that I am stopping the roast more efficiently.
Thanks for the encouragement,
John Crippen
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10) From: Jared Andersson
Glad its working for you John.  It feels good to be at a point in my
roasting were I can actually give something back to this list other
than week attempts at humor.  I have learned so much from the others. 
Jared
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