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Topic: OT (a bit): wiring, remodeling for coffee and roasting (12 msgs / 268 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
In the four months or so I have been on the list, I have seen pictures 
of, or heard described, all sorts of different set-ups in terms of where 
we roast, brew, and store our greens and associated coffee toys.
I'm not able to remodel now (its a car thing LOL), but I will be doing 
it down the road. I know I will want to arrange things so I can plumb in 
  an espresso machine, and I want to be able to use a bigger roaster 
inside, but I'd be interested in hearing about the adaptations you have 
made, or wish you could make, for doing "our thing".
Vicki

2) From: Eddie Dove
Vicki,
With respect to roasting, thus far I have done all of my roasting inside
under the range hood that is vented outside.  While this does take care of
the smoke, the house does get filled with an abundance of coffee roasting
aromas, which I don't mind, but rather enjoy.
Respectfully,
Eddie
On 8/9/06, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Depending on space and funds available planning would be different from =
full
home "roastery café" or just an espresso area. At the minimum a couple =
20A
120v circuits AND a 30-40A 240v circuit. Separate sink, maybe just small =
bar
sink, with hot & cold water PLUS hot-water on demand unit. Gas line for
roaster and 6" vent line to outside. Small bar/dorm fridge with freezer =
and
ice maker. Cabinets with ample pull-out drawers for greens storage, away
from roasting area, ideally a small separate temp/humidity controlled =
room
or unit and a separate greens freezer. If separate roastery café room =
affair
a small dishwasher, open pit fireplace, 5.1 sound system (But no video,
that's in the theater room with 7.1 sound.). On second thought maybe a =
flat
plasma unobtrusively hung on a wall for watching coffee videos, when not
watching videos could be displaying rotating coffee art pictures fed =
from
same computer that's used for coffee roasting database and coffee =
roaster
control and of course checking the List:-) Now which "bigger roaster"
depends on batch size needs. I'd likely just go a one pounder San =
Franciscan
or US Roaster Corp. with optional computer profiling control of course.
Let's see, up to oh maybe $10-40k depending on whether new room addition =
so
far, how much was that car again:-) WAIT, forgot the primary GS3 =
espresso
machine for another $4500 and Versalab grinder $1250 and and and... 
Never hurts to dream!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I =
must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal =
enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone =
before.

4) From: Barry Luterman
When I win The World Series of Poker. You can be my architect Don't forget 
design an adjoining guest room for you and Debbie.

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
You got a deal!:-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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6) From: Jim Mitchell
That will be about the time that Johnnie Moss would be pitching?
Good Luck....
Jim

7) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 8/10/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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miKe,
You have provided Vicki with a generally complete listing, but you
have inexplicably omitted the Probat!
Brian

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
My bad, of course the Probatino is a distinct dream possibility!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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9) From: miKe mcKoffee
Hey, I won't play poker against Barry! Remember he bought his Brewtus with
poker winnings;-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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10) From: Barry Luterman
All my coffee hobby beans etc have been bought with poker money. Have never 
spent a penny of house money on coffee or any coffee related item. Or come 
to think of it on any of my hobbies or past 2 new cars.

11) From: Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary
For inside roasting, consider a very beefy exhaust hood for the stovetop
with a remote fan.  That is, a fan that draws from the attic or somewhere
distant from the kitchen work area.  Obviously, more expensive, but check it
out.  Of course, the disadvantage is that it requires a more powerful unit
to draw air from that distance, more ducting, and planning than if the fan
were just a few feet away.  With good design you can get industrial-level
exhaust that's very quiet--which is essential IMO for a pleasand kitchen
work environment.
Martin
Heat + Beans
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12) From: Vicki Smith
We're going to be installing a whole house exhaust fan in the house at 
the same time, and I am thinking that it might be possible to figure out 
a way to combine both functions.
I know one thing you have to be very careful about when you go to a big 
exhaust system, of any kind, is the possible dangers of not enough fresh 
air entering the house when the fan is on and drawing. Apparently if 
there is not enough outside venting, you can find yourself in deep doo 
doo as carbon monoxide (I think) is drawn into the house from a gas furnace.
Apparently there was a string of deaths here some time back, and the 
companies that you might expect to install whole house fans won't touch 
'em. Now, when you are using a whole house fan for cooling, you are 
supposed to have the windows open, and it is a summer time activity. I 
would not want a system that required open windows in January here, 
where we have -40 degree temperatures going on.
Chances are it will make more sense (and be cheaper) to have two 
different systems. Our current kitchen hoods are not vented to the outside.
Vicki
Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary wrote:
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