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Topic: The Cracking Gods don't smile tonight (3 msgs / 78 lines)
1) From: Scot Murphy
Had a weird experience during tonight's roast. I was on my 69th roast  
with the SC/TO set-up, roasting the last of a Tarrazu I'd had 5  
pounds of and had no problems with before. I was roasting, as always,  
in my bedroom with the window open and a box fan blowing out on a low  
setting. It's in the low 30s tonight and snowing pretty heavily, so  
the air is cold and wet. The set-up took a little longer than usual  
to heat up, maybe 20 seconds longer than usual to come to temps I've   
logged before, and it doesn't seem to come up to its usual peaks. (It  
peaked around 470 instead of around 485.) Thing is, these conditions  
aren't so different as many other nights I have roasted. Anyway, it  
just didn't want to crack--at all! I didn't hear anything until 15  
minutes, and then it was very faint and there were very few of them.  
And that was it. I pulled the roast at about 20 minutes. Nothing odd  
about the color, except that it wasn't as dark as it should have been  
for that amount of time.
The next roast I had lagged behind a little, too, though it  
eventually hit second at around fifteen minutes, and my third roast  
(decaf) behaved normally. But that first one, man! I wish I could  
figure that one out.
Scot "anyone? Bueller? anyone?" Murphy
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2) From: Larry Dorman
Odd...  do you run with the SC heater disabled?  I wouldn't think the
little variation you noted would have had such a significant effect. 
Any chance the TO was covered with chaff?  I've had to brush it off of
mine before... it doesn't really seem to effect the heat, but does
seem to have an effect on the evenness of the roast.
Definitely let us know if you figure it out...
LarryD
On 1/20/06, Scot Murphy  wrote:
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3) From: Scot Murphy
On |Jan 20, at 11:12 PM|Jan 20, Larry Dorman wrote:
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No, I haven't disabled the SC heater. One, I don't have a lot of  
confidence in my electrical adeptness, and two, since it's been  
working just fine with it I haven't wanted to change anything. No  
chaff in the TO either. There's a small screen that I wouldn't think  
would be good enough for that, but it seems to keep the chaff out of  
it...plus there is a little overlap with the expander ring on the SC  
and the chaff vents out there.
That's one thing, too: the roast was very even. No discoloration of  
any kind. Very nice, very consistent, very...baked.
Scot "updates as events warrant" Murphy
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