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Topic: first decaf roasting IR2 (7 msgs / 114 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
I roasted some decaf in my IR2 today, and all bets are off.
I knew it would be different, but sheesh, all my usual guidelines 
(colour, smoke, smell, time) don't work in the same way. I decreased my 
bean load by 1/3, as often recommended. The sound of the bean movement 
covered over any possibility of hearing the cracks in the noisy bugger 
my IR2 is all on its own.
In any case, I ended up with beans that are not shiny, but taste burnt 
(not as coffee, but the roasted bean itself). I never saw (or smelled) 
the smoke changes I look for either. I'm tossing this batch into my garden.
I am thinking I finally have run into a situation which will take a 
thermocouple to manage.
Hints anyone?
Vicki

2) From: Woody DeCasere
here is what i typically do, i roast a batch of non decaf and the remove
about 1/2 the chaff from the basket, but remove none from the top screen,
this allows the machine to hold heat in better, thus allowing a more even
roast, as i recall the chaff blocking up the screen is integral in the
roasting process.
On 8/9/06, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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3) From: Vicki Smith
That thought had occurred to me as I tossed the chaff from yesterday's 
roast. I guess I have an excuse to roast some more green stripe.
thanks.
v
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4) From: Lynne
Vicki -
I'm roasting on the stove (Whirly Pop), so I may or may not be able to 
help. I agree that the decafs are different. What I did find was if I 
was really careful to extend the roast a bit, it helped. I wasn't even 
get anything that resembled a first crack, until I used a 
lower-than-caffeinated bean roasting time (last one, I got a little 
snap, little chaff, that's it), but the taste has been terrific (after 
my first fiasco).
Lynne
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5) From: Eddie Dove
Vicki,
Although I use a different roaster, Sandy Andina and Justin Marquez were of
tremendous help to me for roasting decaf.  Right from the first batch, I
have had excellent decaf!  Maybe thier comments along with everyone else's
can help you too.  That post was under the title of:  Roasting Decaf in a
Zach & Dani's.
Respectfully,
Eddie
On 8/9/06, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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6) From: Justin Marquez
On 8/9/06, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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Glad we were of help to you.  Must have something to do with mountain
dulcimer pickin'...
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

7) From: Vicki Smith
I created a profile that added a minute to my first stage temp, 350, and I
was able to roast the decaf to city plus (which is what I was aiming for) in
8.5 minutes. I added some chaff to the screen, too.
I might play some to get another minute out of it, but an 8.5 minute roast
in the IR2 is not at all bad for city +.
This is the El Salvador Las Ranas WP Decaf. I'm roasting for our niece, but
may roast a batch or two for myself tomorrow.
Thanks for all the help!!
vicki (still avoiding a thermocouple)
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