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1) From: Russell Green
Hey, Everybody!
I've been roasting with a "Back to Basics" popper I got from SM's.  
Cheap and gets the job done. But I'm really tired of cranking the  
dumb thing outside in our lousy redwood coast weather, so I've  
decided to try something on a lark. I've also been using a Rosto a  
little bit, but I'm not happy with the results and the small batch  
size (I use about a pound in 5 days). Wanted to see if any of you  
experts out there might have some experience with the following: A  
Ronco (yeah, that guy on the tube) Showtime rotisserie plus a metal  
drum made to fit the rotisserie by the guy who runs "The Coffee  
Roasting Club" site. Supposed to roast a pound at a time (which is  
the amount I do in the stovetop popper).
I'm curious about the following: How long will this frankenroaster  
take to get to a solid French roast? Can the rotisserie be modified  
to vary the heating coil output to tailor the roast profile?
If anybody out there has any experience with this setup, I'd  
appreciate hearing from you.

2) From: mIke mcKoffee
First, welcome to the List, enjoy the journey!
Wouldn't necessarily write off the Rosto. How stock Rostos perform varied
over the years differing mfg batches and different factories. (been using
them for almost 5yrs) Split wiring the heater and fan for dual variable
boosted voltage my standard routine batch size is 1/2# by weight. Any
profile I want from 5min French to infinity. Run most of my profiles 11 to
13 minutes for "coffee", 14 to 16 minutes for espresso. (espresso does not
equal dark and oily, but rather slower profile and longer 1st to just
tickling 2nd with hovering at end of roast finish) Have exchanged roasts
with various other roasters, results equal to 'bout method out there.
All reports say you'll be lucky to ever reach French roast let alone in a
reasonable under 20 minute drum roast time. They're too under powered,
roasting too slow with resulting "dead" flat taste at best. 
If pound plus (up to 4 or 5) batches are what you're after suggest looking
at RK Drum and gas grill setup.
miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

3) From: Les
Welcome to the list!  I have an RK.  I took a roast to the 3rd crack the
other day!  I don't do French Roast, but the RK can do it!  I live in the
Pacific Northwest and roast in the garage all the time.  I doubt there is a=
electric roaster that will do the volume you want and roast as dark as you
want with good results.  Just do a google on "RK Drum Roaster" and you
should get to Ron's webpage.  I am sure Tom wouldn't mind.  Since I have
gone to an RK, my coffee consumption has gone up!  I have looked at the
Ronco conversions.  I doubt you can profile a roast very well with one.  I
am also doubtful that you would have the power to do a good French Roast.
On 12/7/05, mIke mcKoffee  wrote:

4) From: George Holt
I was not impressed with the construction (looked flimsy) of  drum from the
Coffee Roasters Club from the photos that were posted. We could not get a
clear answer from him on how the beans are emptied from the drum. I've
roasted over 400 pounds in my RK  Drum since Aug 04 and I am sure I will
roast hundreds more. It is built like a tank and a tried and true design. I=
you want large batches I would recommend going that route.
On 12/8/05, Russell Green  wrote:
George Holt
Waxhaw, NC 28173

5) From: Terry Stockdale
At 01:12 AM 12/8/2005, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
I routinely do 8-12 ounces in my RK Drum.  Occasionally 16 to 22 
ounces, and rarely a 2 pound bag.
Unfortunately, I'm the only coffee drinker in my 
household.  Fortunately, I _like_ my home roasted coffee.  I also use 
homeroasted coffee as a "coffees of the month" club for my brother 
for his birthday & Christmas presents.
You can see my RK Drum setup on my web pages -- and read about some 
pitfalls to avoid (in particular, do not get a 2-piece spit rod for 
the rotisserie!).
If you don't want to get into the gas grill side, the Hottop is fun 
and _very_ predictable.  The gas grill gets wind effects and such, so 
you really have to pay attention.  I used to read while I roasted in 
my Hottop -- I set a timer for 14 minutes to make sure I was ready 
for 1st crack.
Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
My Coffee Pages: http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages:  http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum">http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffeeMy Hottop pages: http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages:  http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum

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