Tim Wat wrote:
I've been using a poppery II for about six months. It's modded to provide
switch control over the heater, and the thermal protectionbypassed. Roast
times have always been erratic, and are now gettinglonger and longer (30 min
to 2nd crack), and the resultant roast is flatand tasteless. I assume temp
is too low, and I'm just baking the beans.
The popper problem usually is related to the volume of beans that you
start with. I know a lot of people that measure out the volume of beans in a
1/4cup or whatever.
I bought a decent electronic scale, and weigh out my beans before every
roast. And I roast 2 to 3 #'s a week...usually in simple $3. thrift shop
poppers. I rotate 5 of them, always start with a cold popper weigh out the
loads, line them up and start roasting.
Start from the beginning. Find out how much of a load your popper can
1) turn on popper and add beans until the mass barely stops spinning.
Try to do this within a minute to prevent the beans from heating up.
2) Turn off the popper, then dump it into a collander to transfer the mass
to a container.
3) You then simply weigh out the greens and use that figure to repeat on
subsequent roasts using the same identical beans, and thru the same popper.
Likewise, dump the same mass into a measuring cup, and use that figure if
you do not have a scale.
You can check out how I roast using the 1250 watt Popcorn Pumper, on my web
Find the link at the bottom of the page 'How to Modify a Popcorn
Once you know 'how much' of a load that popper can handle, you can
adjust the size of the load to dial in your poppers overall roast time.
Not reaching 2nd Crack in 10 minutes usually means adding in some more
Obviously frustrating. I'm not sure whether the next step is to add a
variac and see if that helps, or just to scrap the popper and upgrade to
I have collected 3 + dozen poppers over the last 2 years. I am not
really too fond of the poppery 2, which tends to have a limited airflow, and
I prefer the Popcorn Pumpers which seem to have excellent airflow.
I realize no roaster's perfect, and there's no silver bullet. And I've read
the posts about outlet voltage and wonder if my first step should be getting
a variac - no matter what roaster I end up going with. I'm not an
electrician and not especially handy either, so testing outlet voltages and
the sort make me a bit leary.
I'm not an electrician, either, Tim. I read How To books (on basic
electricity, wiring) and am not afraid to swap out a bad wall switch,
outlet, light fixture or ceiling fan.
Good Luck and I hope this helps.
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