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Topic: First Z&D roast (37 lines)
1) From: Michael Wascher
I bought a used Z&D roaster. Almost new condition. First roast in the Z&D
was 4 oz of Monkey Blend, which brought it right up to the fill line of the
roast chamber (note that there's another fill line marked "dark roast" about
a third of an inch lower -- i.e. less beans). Since line voltage seems to be
an issue with these units I checked it -- 114.3 VAC with the unit running.
   - 11 minutes into the roast I heard a single 1st crack pop. That was
   it. The unit is quieter than a popper, but I heard no more 1st cracks.
   - 21 minutes into the roast I heard a bit of 2nd crack, a minute later
   got definite 2nd crack sounds.
   - 26 minutes into the roast, I hit cool.
Cooling seemed to be OK. After 5 minutes of cooling the unit stopped, I
dumped into a colander and swished the beans to dechaff. The beans were
barely warm to the touch.
I got a good dark roast, solid Vienna, a bit darker than I would like. I
miss the ability to fish a bean out to examine closely. Visibility is great,
but you can't access the beans during the roast. An issue I've had with
poppers is a fast roast that leaves the exterior dark but the interior
under-roasted. These beans are roasted through & through.
I think I'm going to like this, though it'll take some learning. Are the
cracks stretched out over a longer period of time on this roaster?
Also, I did this roast in the house. Windows open, on the kitchen counter
near a window, but no fan. I didn't have an big issue with it, almost no
smoke, but roast smells. Jean didn't like smell, though. I need to vent the
fan over the cook top to the outside & it should be fine for indoor use.
--MikeW
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