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Topic: Finally Built my SC/TO (7 msgs / 389 lines)
1) From: Steve Hay
Well, I ran my SC/TO today and it did pretty well.  I am doing it outside
next time.. I lost some courage and I think I stopped early because the
beans have a planty kind of smell to them.  First crack was over but not by
much when I pulled them out.  It was also harder to cool them than I
anticipated.  I was stirring them in a stainless bowl with small holes in
the bottom.
Some time when its not raining I will go for doing it outside and let second
crack come around; I think I'll get better results.
Phew!
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Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

2) From: Tom Bellhouse
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Good going, Steve!  Did you leave the bottom element functional or snip =
it?  I really wish I hadn't disconnected my SC element, and had put a =
switch on it instead.  A 3/4 pound batch of beans is taking 10 minutes =
to first crack and second is in the 15 minute range, which seems a =
little long.  Making great coffee, though.
I never had the nerve to try my SC/TO inside!
Tom in GA

3) From: Sandy Andina
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Haven't done mine outside!  Fired up the range-hood, opened the inner  
door (with screen door closed) and windows, and put down tinfoil  
under the roaster and over the entire stove surface (with edges  
turned up all around). First time, I'd only used paper towels--the  
sight of flying chaff sparks cured me of that, and I switched to  
tinfoil--but still needed to sweep up. This time I just gather up the  
foil and fold it in onto itself and discard it (I know I should save  
the chaff for the compost pile and recycle the foil, but I'm just  
happy to not have to vacuum or sweep the kitchen every time I roast).
On Jun 25, 2006, at 3:46 PM, Tom Bellhouse wrote:
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Sandy
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Haven't done mine outside!  =
Fired up the range-hood, opened the inner door (with screen door closed) =
and windows, and put down tinfoil under the roaster and over the entire =
stove surface (with edges turned up all around). First time, I'd only =
used paper towels--the sight of flying chaff sparks cured me of that, =
and I switched to tinfoil--but still needed to sweep up. This time I =
just gather up the foil and fold it in onto itself and discard it (I =
know I should save the chaff for the compost pile and recycle the foil, =
but I'm just happy to not have to vacuum or sweep the kitchen every time =
I roast).
On Jun 25, 2006, at 3:46 PM, Tom Bellhouse =
wrote:
Good going, = Steve!  Did you leave the bottom element functional or snip it?  I = really wish I hadn't disconnected my SC element, and had put a switch on = it instead.  A 3/4 pound batch of beans is taking 10 minutes to first = crack and second is in the 15 minute range, which seems a little long.  = Making great coffee, though. I never had = the nerve to try my SC/TO inside! Tom in = GA ----- Original = Message -----From: Steve = HayTo: homeroastSent: Sunday, June 25, 2006 1:50 PMSubject: +Finally Built my SC/TO Well, I = ran my SC/TO today and it did pretty well.  I am doing it outside next = time.. I lost some courage and I think I stopped early because the beans = have a planty kind of smell to them.  First crack was over but not by = much when I pulled them out.  It was also harder to cool them than I = anticipated.  I was stirring them in a stainless bowl with small holes = in the bottom.  Some= time when its not raining I will go for doing it outside and let second = crack come around; I think I'll get better results. Phew!
--  Steven Hay hay.steve = -AT- 
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4) From: Steve Hay
I disconnected the bottom element, but not permanently.  I am a bit ashamed
at using scotch tape for that; it would never pass code.  So I may build a
switch in the future.  Right now the TO is putting out plenty of heat.
Actually, I was kind of scared by the smoke.  I did a second batch and right
at first crack there was a lot of smoke and I kind got nervous and raised
the hood, then put it back on after it had settled down.  So I've got two
batches, one City- and one probably City+, both Sumatra.  I think this SC/TO
is going to take some getting used to.  Also using a regular thermometer
instead of TC probe so I am just getting the air temp.  On my second batch,
I let it settle out around 350F for a while unil the beans started to
yellow, then slowly brought it up until first crack.  At this time chaff
flew and smoke billowed...  Like I said, I think I'm going to have to get
used to this.  With my iRoast, everything was different, including smells,
timing, and even visual.
Fun!
Steve
On 6/25/06, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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-- 
Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

5) From: Tom Bellhouse
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Steve, I love low tech.  No probes, no timers, just eyes/ears/nose.  =
Here's how my roasts go in the SC/TO.  I preheat the unit for 3 or 4 =
minutes, dump in the optimal 3/4 lb of beans, and then put the top on =
with the temp switch pegged at 500.  In about 5-10 minutes I get into =
first crack.  When that ends, I take the TO top off and set it aside, =
and let the roast coast for a minute on its retained heat.  The top then =
goes back on with the temp switch still pegged at 500.
I'm presently roasting some Panama I got from an non-SM source.  First =
roast I took just to second crack, and the second roast I took a full =
minute into second.  The difference was amazing, with the lighter beans =
tasting like an "average" homeroasted coffee and the darker batch having =
a full, balanced, rich flavor.  Same roast routine with only a 60 second =
difference, and a huge difference in flavor.  I'm constantly amazed !  =
Isn't this fun ? !
Tom in GA

6) From: Steve Hay
Interesting method...  I'll have to try it!  I was a little nervous about
the smoke, but I think my second batch came out okay.  The first batch was
too light and actually kind of tasted like "diner coffee" somehow.
Strange.  There is also a LOT of chaff in the beans, more than the iRoast.
It could be because I am not roasting them long enough due to being "gun
shy"
On 6/25/06, Tom Bellhouse  wrote:
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Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

7) From: jim gundlach
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Tom,
    I usually aim for a 15 to 17 minute roast that just touches second.
      Jim Gundlach
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Tom,   I usually aim =
for a 15 to 17 minute roast that just touches second.    =
 Jim Gundlach
On Jun 25, 2006, at 3:46 PM, Tom Bellhouse =
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A 3/4 pound = batch of beans is taking 10 minutes to first crack and second is in the = 15 minute range, which seems a little = long.  = --Apple-Mail-1--935386650--


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