HomeRoast Digest

Topic: First run! (11 msgs / 215 lines)
1) From: Bob Brashear
Hot Top roaster (digital model) with the variac at 120v.
Used the beans that were packed in the roaster box (labeled Mandheling), 
weight at 250 grams.
Put 21 minutes of time on the machine and let her rip. This was the 
first time I was able to see the beans go through the transformation. 
Followed the stages listed in the owners manual and Maria's tip sheets 
and was able to id each stage. Stopped the roast right after first crack 
with 4 minutes remaining on the timer. Beans are medium to medium/dark 
brown. I assume I have a city roast. No oil on the beans at all. Beans 
are resting in a mason jar.
Smoke production was minimal until ejection. The kitchen fan handled it 
well. No fire alarms went off. Minimal odor outdoors.
I think it went well. The mechanics are easy to follow, the manual is 
written well and you guys are a wonderful source of information. I've 
been lurking, absorbing everything I could.
My son is hounding me to brew a pot, so that's next.
This is fun!
Bob Brashear

2) From: Barry Luterman
Congratulations Bob. My first roast with the Hottop I took the included 
beans to a Spanish roast plus to flavor the machine. Through those in the 
compost pile. Then proceeded to roast SM beans. My roses loved the first 
roast and I have loved almost all the subsequent roasts.

3) From: Bob Brashear
Barry Luterman wrote:
Ya know, I never thought of "seasoning" the machine. There was some 
chaff in the tray when I opened the box. Do you know if they "burn them 
in" before shipping?
Bob Brashear

4) From: Barry Luterman
There was no chaff in mine. No sign that the machine was ever used. Mine is 
about 2 years old now so maybe they changed their policy.Don't worry about 
it just enjoy the roaster.

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
One warning: do NOT judge the taste quality of home roasted beans by the
greens that came in the HotTop box! Oh it'll probably be some of the best
coffee you've ever had, but nothing like what's to come roasting only the
best of the best Specialty greens sourced by one very picky cupper, ours
truly Tom Ownes:-)
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.

6) From: Bob Brashear
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
I've got 12 pounds of some of his best on the shelf waiting to go 
tomorrow evening. This weekend will be spent experimenting. The wife has 
allocated money for coffee. Life could not be better.

7) From: Bob Brashear
Barry Luterman wrote:
You burn in electronics, maybe roasters too. No worries, having fun.

8) From: javafool
Hi Bob,
Welcome and it sounds like you did just fine. I don't think they burn in =
Hottops before they ship them but there is no need to go much farther =
you did to get your Hottop going. It will get seasoned plenty on its =
and I think if you roast too dark, it almost has to leave some of the
Spanish roast flavor behind for your next roast or so.
Roasting as light as you did, I would probably allow at least 2 or 3 =
rest before brewing or it might have a grassy, bitter taste for the cup.

9) From: Bob Brashear
javafool wrote:
It's sitting there calling to me. But I am resisting. We'll wait until 
saturday to try it.

10) From: Tom Bellhouse
Unless you only roasted enough for one cup, why not go ahead and try it?
How else will you experience the changes as it reaches its flavor peak?
Happy roasting!
Tom in GA

11) From: Bob Brashear
Tom Bellhouse wrote:
Did the whole half pound. We succumbed earlier this morning. mea culpa, ...
Very nice.
My son and I are going to do another couple of batches today. We'll then 
segregate into different rest periods. See how it goes.

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