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Topic: Cleaning off "Roastium" (20 msgs / 691 lines)
1) From: Chris Archuleta
First I wanted to thank everyone that tried to help me with my dead
Alpenrost last week.  As it turned out a list member sold me their
beloved used Alpenrost and got me back to roasting again.  
However, the beloved used Alpenrost has seen its fair share of roasting
without a whole lot of cleaning.  The shiny metal reflector on this
inside has a lovely brown gook that I have nicknamed "Roastium" as I
think it's alloyed with the steel!  Does anyone know of a secret
solution that will help dissolve that baked on roaster crust?  I've
always used alcohol on my dead roaster to remove it, but it was never
this bad.
Thanks!
Chris

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
Chris,
I used to use "Simply Green" on my Alp with success.
Mike (just plain)

3) From: Michael Dhabolt
Chris,
PS - I used medium pressure air to blow the chaff out of the Alp every
month. blowing between the reflector and the hinged lid assembly and
other areas accessible to air.  I dis-assembled the main housing and
cleaned the inside as much as possible every six months or so.  I
always found a certain amount of chaff like buildup in the machines
cooling air circulation pathways.  I'm not sure how much it helped,
but it is still working after several years of steady use.
Mike (just plain)

4) From: Chris Archuleta
After the first two roasts I knew something was wrong with the new used
roaster.  After I got the top of it off, it was obvious why.  The
housing around the motor was completely sealed up by chaff.  The roaster
would overheat at about 14 minutes and would cut off the heating
element.  Once I got a vacuum in there and cleaned it all up, it roasts
pretty reliably.  I just want to get that roast-resin off everything. 
I'll give the Simple Green a try, but I don't think that's gonna do it.
Chris

5) From: Stephen Niezgoda
You might be surprised how well simple green works.  It was originally
designed to clean coffee roasters.  Check out the historyhttp://corporate.simplegreen.com/corp_hist.phpOn 5/10/06, Chris Archuleta  wrote:
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6) From: Reed Taylor
Hi Chris -
I've never seen a baked-on organic substance that couldn't be removed by 
acetone.  I prefer the hardware-store kind over nail-polish remover 
because the latter usually contains perfumes.
Reed
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7) From: Henry C. Davis
straight clorox cleanup (not laundry bleach, the cleaner in the spray
bottle) takes coffee residue and other similar compound off just about
anything. You do have to rinse it off several times after dissolving the
gunk, not just to get the residue off, but to make sure no clorox cleanup is
left behind as it has a rather strong smell.
			---Henry.

8) From: Michael Dhabolt
Chris,
There is a piece of the temp monitoring set up (I think it is the Over
Temp shutdown) that is in the bottom base housing under the roast
chamber that is important to keep relatively clean.  If I remember
correctly - if you don't keep that area clear enough for decent air
circulation, the sensor will cook itself and you are shutdown for
maintenance/sensor replacement.  I imagine you have conversed with
Craig A and seen the CoffeeGeek threads about this common problem with
the Alp.
I've never seen "Roastium" buildup that Simple Green won't deal
with....may require a couple of application/soaks if it is real bad. 
An interesting side note :  A friend with an Alp could not get to his
desired dark roast, while visiting one evening he commented on how
shiney clean mine was and I turned him on to Simple Green.  He told me
a couple of days later that as soon as he cleaned the shiney stuff
(heat reflector in the lid etc.) the Alp started giving him the roast
level he wanted.
Mike (just plain)

9) From: Sandy Andina
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I clean built-up roasting gunk with a paper towel soaked in a Cafiza  
solution (same one in which I soak my espresso machine parts), and  
then use a Dobie pad moistened with just water to scrub off the now- 
softened gunk. I then use a dry paper towel.
On May 10, 2006, at 10:53 AM, Chris Archuleta wrote:
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I clean built-up roasting gunk =
with a paper towel soaked in a Cafiza solution (same one in which I soak =
my espresso machine parts), and then use a Dobie pad moistened with just =
water to scrub off the now-softened gunk. I then use a dry paper =
towel. 
On May 10, 2006, at 10:53 AM, Chris Archuleta =
wrote:
First I wanted to thank everyone = that tried to help me with my deadAlpenrost = last week.  As it turned = out a list member sold me theirbeloved used = Alpenrost and got me back to roasting again.   However, the = beloved used Alpenrost has seen its fair share of roastingwithout a whole lot of cleaning.  The shiny metal reflector on = thisinside has a lovely brown gook = that I have nicknamed "Roastium" as Ithink = it's alloyed with the steel!  = Does anyone know of a secretsolution that = will help dissolve that baked on roaster crust?  I'vealways used alcohol on my dead roaster to remove it, = but it was neverthis bad. Chrishomeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = --Apple-Mail-5--673303042--

10) From: Sandy Andina
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Should also mention that I'm talking about gunk on an i-Roast 1 & 2,  
not an Alpenrost, but there is no reason why removal techniques for  
one should not work for the other.
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Should also mention that I'm =
talking about gunk on an i-Roast 1 & 2, not an Alpenrost, but there =
is no reason why removal techniques for one should not work for the =
other.
On May 10, 2006, at 1:18 PM, Sandy Andina =
wrote:
I clean built-up roasting gunk with a paper towel soaked = in a Cafiza solution (same one in which I soak my espresso machine = parts), and then use a Dobie pad moistened with just water to scrub off = the now-softened gunk. I then use a dry paper towel.  On = May 10, 2006, at 10:53 AM, Chris Archuleta wrote:
First I wanted to thank everyone that tried to help = me with my deadAlpenrost last week.  As it turned out a list = member sold me theirbeloved used Alpenrost and = got me back to roasting again.   However, the = beloved used Alpenrost has seen its fair share of roastingwithout a whole lot of cleaning.  The shiny metal reflector on = thisinside has a lovely brown gook = that I have nicknamed "Roastium" as Ithink = it's alloyed with the steel!  = Does anyone know of a secretsolution that = will help dissolve that baked on roaster crust?  I'vealways used alcohol on my dead roaster to remove it, = but it was neverthis bad. Chrishomeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = = --Apple-Mail-6--672787560--

11) From: Tom Bellhouse
Chris, I get those same rostium deposits on the glass part of my SC/TO.
There are some cleaning solutions available the I'm sure will be
mentioned by others, but I found that Barkeeper's Friend or some other
very lightly abrasive cleaner takes the stuff off quickly.  BTW, rostium
is called "spooge" when it's found on a motorcycle.
Best regards,
Tom in GA

12) From: David B. Westebbe
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Fantastik works well.

13) From: Barbara Leazier
Does anyone know where I can buy citric acid?  I am not interested in purch=
asing online but an earlier poster said that they were able to buy at the g=
rocery store.  I have looked at WalMart and I have not been able to find.  =
Do you know where it would be located, is it in hardware, etc?
 
I cannot find it with the coffee stuff!
 
Thanks!
 
Barb
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14) From: Don Cummings
On 5/11/06, Barbara Leazier  wrote:
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I don't know about straight citric acid but I buy this stuff called Better
Brew that is simply citric acid mixed with something to keep it powdery.  I
bought it at Williams Sonoma. I also saw something at Walmart that was with
the coffee brewers that was the same.
I don't know about its effectiveness for Roastium but it does a good job at
keeping the drip machine working well. I think I'll try oven cleaner for th=
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roastium.
Don
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15) From: M. McCandless
Might try beer making supplies.
Ask for ascorbic acid.
McSparky
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16) From: Peter Zulkowski
This is where I got some.
The local Ace ordered  it in no charge for shipping.
http://snipurl.com/qbp0PeterZ
Barbara Leazier wrote:
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17) From: Sandy Andina
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Go to the spice aisle and look for "sour salt."  Sometimes the  
Rokeach brand of it can be found in the Kosher section as well.
On May 11, 2006, at 9:54 AM, Barbara Leazier wrote:
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Sandy
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Go to the spice aisle and look =
for "sour salt."  Sometimes the Rokeach brand of it can be found in =
the Kosher section as well.
On May 11, 2006, at 9:54 AM, =
Barbara Leazier wrote:

Does anyone know where I can buy citric acid?  I am not = interested in purchasing online but an earlier poster said that they = were able to buy at the grocery store.  I have looked at WalMart and I have not been able to find.  Do you know where = it would be located, is it in hardware, etc?

 

I cannot find it with the coffee stuff!

 

Thanks!

 

Barb



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> Subject: RE: +Cleaning off = "Roastium"
> Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 09:22:54 = -0400
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> = > Does anyone know of a secret solution that will h= elp dissolve 
> = > that baked on roaster crust?  I've always used al= cohol on my 
> = > dead roaster to remove it, but it was never this = bad.
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18) From: john kahla
also you can find in any health food store. That is where I get mine.
John
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19) From: Steven Van Dyke
It's with the canning stuff (mason jars, etc.)
I use Simple Green for my roaster cleaning, btw.  (of course, it's pretty=
much just pre-mixed citric acid as I understand it)
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20) From: Kathleen Tinkel
Sorry to be late to this discussion, but I have a solution for your 
brown cowling: Take it apart and run it through the dishwasher. The 
first time I tried this, in desperation, I had a fierce case of 
roastium; it almost got it clean, so I ran it again in the next load. 
It came out brilliant and shiny.
Now I do it every month or two, whenever it seems to be gunking up.
I also had my Alp die mid-roast; when we got it apart we also found 
it full of chaff. With help from others here, we discovered how to 
get at the thermostat thingie (it was in a glued-up box), replaced 
it, and have been using the thing ever since (more than a year). 
Every so often we open it up and vacuum any accumulation.
Kathleen
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