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Topic: Roast evenness with a HG/DB (4 msgs / 86 lines)
1) From: Derek Bradford
Hi All,
Before I take the plunge into a Gene Cafe/Hottop, I have to deal with
my myths about heatgun roasting once and for all.
I roast mainly for espresso, in the vicinity of 2 pounds a week.  I
drink a lot of straight shots, and can really notice roasting
inconsistencies/problems.
Can I reasonably expect to roast even, well controlled batches with a
HG/DB?  I'd really like to hear from people who specifically roast for
espresso with this setup, but I'd love to hear from everyone who's
using one.
Thanks,
--Derek
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2) From: Captain CowPie
Derek,
I use a heat gun but with a bread machine to move the beans around, and I h=
ave  been surprised at the evenness of the roast.  It is one of the most ev=
en roasts I have seen. I would suspect using a dog bowl it would depend on =
being able to move the beans around well enough. 
I usually roast around 1 pound at a time, but I have done a pound and a hal=
f before. I think I could probably do 2 pounds if needed.
My method will be a little different than a traditional HG/DB, but I hope i=
t helps you decide.
Vince
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3) From: Zara Haimo
Lately, since I've gotten a HotTop, I mostly roast with it, but I did HGDB
roasts exclusively for a year or so and always got very even roasts.  I
roasted most beans just into 2nd crack.  I had much more control over
profiles with the HG than I do now with the HT - I've just gotten too busy
or lazy to sit and stir for 12 minutes.  With the HGDB I could slow down or
speed up the roast at will and could extend the time between 1st and 2nd
with no problem.

4) From: Derek Bradford
That's pretty much what I thought.  I really can't imagine why one
wouldn't have great roast control; it's just a matter of effort.
I think I'm looking for something a little more automated, and chaff
certainly is an issue.  Last year I dealt with having chaff all over
the apartment, but I don't know if I want to get into that again.
Plus, setting up a fan to cool the beans, as simple as it really is,
is more than I'd like to have to do.
I think a Gene Cafe/Hottop is more what I need right now.
Thanks,
--Derek
On 7/15/06, Zara Haimo  wrote:
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