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Topic: I-roast-2 info (52 lines)
1) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Just thought I might share this...
I don't know if this will be of any help to others, but I discovered a way
to help me hear the pop of first crack a little better. I am using an
I-Roast-2 which was purchased about Feb. of this year from our web host.
What I am presently doing is starting the roast with the uppermost part of
the lid removed. I began doing this for two reasons, first was to help in
clearing out the chaff in the early stage of the roast. The second was to
help reduce the heat in the drying stage. I was finally able to get a senso=
r
into my roast chamber and was getting between 30  to 45 F higher read=
ing
than I had programmed in each stage. With the preset first stage of 350 =
F I
was reaching 380 to 395 F before entering the second stage. My presen=
t
program is set to run 350 for the first 7 minutes then enter into the
second stage set for 430 for 3 minutes. Before I began the roast with th=
e
lid off, I was starting into 1st crack before completing the first stage an=
d
the 2nd crack would beginning overlapping the end of 1st. (I think.)
I am now getting the sound of 1st crack more distinctly (still having to
lean over close to the roaster) and actually think I discerned the crackle
of 2nd a couple of times.
Oh, I place the lid fully onto the unit about 6 minutes into the first
stage, and the onboard readout reaches 350 F just before stage two begin=
s.
1st crack has been starting around 7  minutes into the roast or about 20=
 to
30 seconds into the second stage.
The coffee is beginning to have a better flavor to me also.
I have tried using extension cords and varying the bean weight, but so far
this appears to be the best solution to what I perceived as being too fast =
a
roast.
Again, don't know that this will help anyone else but I am enjoying my
coffee more.
TerryT
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