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Topic: too much roasting to do ... (2 msgs / 58 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Okay, lets put all the "he said she said" behind us and move ahead. I 
have been working on new photos (I mentioend T-Shirts but we also 
have the new digital hottop --not that new since we have been selling 
the digital control panel separately for a couple months now -- and 
our monkey espresso cups, and new silver mini mazzers. ) Anyway, I 
can't get it done so those pics will be up tomorrow.
I have like 30 samples to roast now, plus I de-installed the Diedrich 
(sorry, already sold it to Blue Bottle Coffee ... I know at last one 
of you crazy home roasters would make a play at it despite 
yourselves!) and am ready to put the Probat back in. BTW: oddly 
enough, it turned out the Diedrich was not what I thought it was. I 
roasted 44 Lbs in it! I am not saying it was a true 20 k machine, and 
44 took too long, but it roasts 32 easily. How could I not know this 
... well, it has no badging, and I did suspect that the cool tray and 
green hopper were a little oversized. But when I roasted 24 Lbs it 
acted like a 12 k machine. Oh well, James at Blue Bottle got a good 
deal! I am happy to have my little 12k Probat chuggin out roasts. 
They are built like tanks, and with my new  "smooth bore" venting, I 
am going to get better air flow.
Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom

2) From: Aaron
Tom, even though you have 'smooth bore' venting now, and it looks all 
nice and smooth as a baby's butt.  You will want to check it at least 
yearly and give it a good whump.. preferrably cleaning to get rid of 
buildup that will accumulate on the walls.
A pipe does not have to be clogged to hurt air flow, but just a bit of 
roughage on the walls to create turbulence can have a serious impact.
been there done that for many years in AC/R stuff to know how much of a 
difference a half inch of crud can make.
Aaron
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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