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I just bought the Gene and really enjoy it. I too am new to roasting =
though have been roasting a few months with a Popcorn Pumper, so the =
Gene seems slow to me. Even with extension cords on the Popper. I have =
been using the Gene, so far, at defaults and adding or subtracting a =
half minute to a minute or so to get the range I prefer (I believe C+ to =
Vienna, depending on the coffee). I am going to try the lower temp you =
mentioned this week.
Anyway, one thing comes to mind, I am surprised you water quench your =
roast, as things to me with the Gene go slow. I have heard comments of =
the Gene, concerning deficient or at least slow cooling cycle. This is =
true, but it's not a problem for me. It seems that coffee roasted in =
any thing seems to be about one scale darker (like C VS C+, or C+ VS FC) =
at the end/cutoff and cooling start point of roast than it is at finish. =
Another words if I see what I believe to be FC+ at cool down start, by =
the time it's cool, it will be an FC (full city).
My very limited yet, infatuated experience with the Gene is, that due to =
it's slow cool cycle, it will roast about 2 scales darker by cooling end =
than it is at cool cycle start. But, since the beans tend to lighten =
one scale it really ends at one scale darker than it is when the cooling =
cycle is initiated. If I want FC, I start cool at C+ range. At cool end =
(140 degrees), I dump the beans on to a pizza pan (with or with out =
holes) and it sucks out all serious heat quickly. If I dump early or =
when beans are hot due to bad estimate of doneness, I can use the pan =
like I did with a popper to suck lots of heat out quick (pan gets hot), =
then dump the beans back in a screen strainer, wave the pan in the air =
for a half a min. and dump the beans in to the pan again. Two times in =
the pan is enough. This cools them very quick, easily with no water =
Sumatra's and some African's have been Have been the only one that have =
given me any problems in estimating cool start as the roast is uneven or =
mottled. Even when done I'm not sure within a scale or 2 what I have.
Doe anyone know how often you should wash the Gene chamber. This is a =
pain and I would figure you can go 5-10 times before you do. I washed =
at 5. But the manual says every time, and that seems too often. I =
roast several batches at a time about a half hour apart. I figure =
excessive oil build up is not good, esp. in a small roaster. The more =
it cooks on, the harder to clean, but more often than 5 roast seems =
excessive and an inconvenience. Don't big roasters go for days or =
longer without internal cleaning?