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Topic: first time roaster, long time addict (4 msgs / 67 lines)
1) From: Clint Cissell
I've only been roasting a few months and I just wanted to get some input 
from anyone willing to donate them.
  So far, I can't thank Sweet Maria's enough for turning me onto 
homeroasting, the flavors that exist that I never knew about are wonderful.  
I'm still quite new to it and my taste buds still don't really know what 
they're looking for, but so far it is all good.
  I'm using a I-Roast 2 and here is the general program I've been using just 
to get a feel for roasting.
Program   12 minutes total
Stage 1   425 for 3 minutes  , the onboard thermostat is usually 320-340
Stage 2    450 for 4 minutes  , the onboard therm is usually   390-415
Stage 3    475 for 5 minutes,  the onboard usually reading  420- 445
Most recently I roasted a Sumatra Mandheling and got 1st crack at 385 
(onboard therm) 6 minutes into the roast and 2nd crack at 420 (onboard 
therm) 8 minutes elapsed time.
  Does this seem like too fast of a roast, or too high of temperatures?    
Any advise is welcome and appreciated.

2) From: Les
Welcome Clint,
I don't use and I-Roast, but these seem like pretty good numbers.
Check out Tom's writeup on the I-Roast on the SM site.
Les
On 9/7/06, Clint Cissell  wrote:
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3) From: George Birchard
Unless I roasted outside in 50 degree F I would have Spanish Roast with 
those settings.  Each roaster is different and it is very sensitive to 
ambient temp.
-george
Les wrote:
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4) From: Rob Stewart
Clint,  I would agree with George......
Since the cracks usually start about 410 and 445 or so..... Your onboard 
reading is probably about 25 degrees low and you could be  achieving the 475 
setting of stage 3.
Rob
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