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Topic: odd sized batches in HotTop (4 msgs / 138 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
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I've done about a dozen roasts in my HotTop so far, but haven't yet had =
the nerve to stray from their recommended 250 gram roast size.  However, =
as I work my way through my stash, I'm coming across several beans where =
I have smaller or larger amounts left, from about 150 to 350 grams.  I'm =
not into blending, so I'd really like to roast these separately. 
I have a plain vanilla, unmodified HT with the new control board, no =
variac or other accessories.  What is the smallest batch I can roast in =
the HotTop and how much is the most it can handle?  Do I need to =
shorten/lengthen roast times with the different batch sizes?  Or, should =
I just do these odd batches in my trusty old dog bowl with a heat gun? =
Now that I have the HT, I've been too lazy to stir and my dog bowl is =
gathering dust...

2) From: Rick Farris
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I’ve roasted batches as large as 300g (many times) and as small as =
150g (a
few times).  At 300g the roast is not as even as 250g or less.  I would
expect quite a mélange roast at 350g.  Oh, the other problem at 350g =
would
be a problem getting it as dark as I like.  Of course, I have an older =
HT
with the older control panel.  I believe you have a little more =
roast-time
than I do.
 
At lower batch sizes, the only problem is that it may roast more quickly
than you’re used to.  If your method is to set up the time and then =
just
wait for it to finish you’ll have a problem.  On the other hand, if =
you have
learned to set the roast-time to its longest setting and then manually =
stop
the roast when it gets to the right smell, sound, and color, then you =
won’t
have any trouble at all with 150g batch sizes.
 
For remainders larger than 300g, I would probably split them in two.  At =
the
smaller end, I’d probably try as small as 100g batch-sizes without any =
worry
at all.
 
-- Rick
 
P.S. Even if you *did* want to blend them, you’ll almost certainly get =
a
better result from roasting them separately and *then* blending them.
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From: Zara Haimo
… as I work my way through my stash, I'm coming across several beans =
where I
have smaller or larger amounts left, from about 150 to 350 grams.  I'm =
not
into blending, so I'd really like to roast these separately… 
 

3) From: Zara Haimo
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quickly than you're used to.  If your method is to set up the time and =
then just wait for it to finish you'll have a problem.  On the other =
hand, if you have learned to set the roast-time to its longest setting =
and then manually stop the roast when it gets to the right smell, sound, =
and color, then you won't have any trouble at all with 150g batch sizes.
I usually  set the timer on 21 minutes, but finish the roasts 2-4 =
minutes earlier, whenever the beans are at the right stage.  I tried my =
first smaller (200 gram) batch last night. Unfortunately, I was =
distracted by some unexpected visitors and the beans did the full 21 =
minutes with no one watching.  My son smelled the smoke at last and told =
me I could sell that batch to Charbucks. I decided to try them in a =
latte this morning - not bad, just like what they charge $3.75 for down =
the street.

4) From: Rick Farris
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The smaller the batch, the more quickly it roasts; it can be used as a
method of comparing quick roasting with longer roasting.  There is a
significant taste when roasted in 13- to 15-minutes, compared to 19- to
20-minutes.
 
-- Rick
 
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From: Zara Haimo
 
I tried my first smaller (200 gram) batch last night. Unfortunately, I =
was
distracted by some unexpected visitors and the beans did the full 21 =
minutes
with no one watching.  My son smelled the smoke at last and told me I =
could
sell that batch to Charbucks.
 


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