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For about $35 you can build a beanie vac. I just built one about two weeks
ago and I'll never go back to another method. I can cool the beans in about
30 - 40 seconds. I bought a 7" mesh strainer @ SurLaTable but any 7" mesh
strainer will do. I also purchased a 5 gallon bucket @ home depot with a
lid for about $7 (you can use any type of bucket that will fit the strainer)
and a 1 gallon shot-vac @ wallyword for $23. I cut a hole for the strainer
with a utility knife and also cut a hole for the vac hose (1 1/4") with a
hole saw blade on my e-drill. Each hole was very snug around the strainer
and the vac hose. So the vac hose will hold very snug in the hole, I lined
the hole with duct tape. So far, this is the best method I've found and I
don't think there will be anything better anytime soon. You'll save @ lot
of time and effort with this method. Good luck with the new method, if you
find time, give the beanie vac a try, I think you'll like it! I was doing
the bowl method for the last few months before this new toy!
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of b cook
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:33 PM
Subject: +Acquired a fantastic cooling method
We are moving my grandparents from their house of 33 years into an
independent living apt. situation. One thing I came across in their garage
that my granddad said I could have is this old campfire popcorn popper.
It's basically a long handle with a mesh metal basket on the end (think
window screen). You slide a mesh lid over the basket and it is sorta held
in place. I immediately thought of it as being a good device for cooling my
beans. I tried it out today and it is fantastic. Much more effective to me
than what I was doing...which was tossing back and forth between a stainless
colander and a stainless bowl. This is cooling the beans to just above
room temp in probably a minute or so. I put the beans in there and toss
them around. It probably helps that it's windy today.
Anyway, I don't really ever see these for sale but if you come across one
I'd keep it in mind. You could probably achieve the same effect by somehow
attaching to mesh colanders and shaking in that. The square shape of the
basket on mine though helps to spread the beans out, unlike rounded
collanders that bunch the beans together at the bottom. Yesterday, when I
bought my new thermometer on the way to my grandparents' house I almost
bought one of those EverWear airbake pizza cooking trays to cool my beans
but I'm glad I didn't because I think this is much better.
One more thing - I'm considering attempting to roast some beans in this
popper over my charcoal grill at some time in the future. Any thoughts on