I have noticed a lot of people on this list do hgdb and very few do whirley pop. I was wondering why that is. Here is what I came up with. 1. Visibility of beans is better 2. Don't need a gas burner outside 3. No mechanisms to break It isn't cheaper or less physical. I'm curious if you get a better roast with hgdb. I have a heat gun but no dog bowl. Will I lose any of the effect if I do HG/WP (whirley pop)? Chad
Hi Chad, Postings on the list go in waves - there are plenty of HGDB people, but also Whirley-Pop people. Your comparison of methods is interesting, and looks similar to what I came to, along the coffee route I have taken to date... I am certain some of the Whirley-Pop People can list the pro's of why they use Whirley-Pop too... I go between skillet roast, drum roast and popper. Right now the BBQ is asking for another propane refill and I just haven't gotten it done - so small popper loads are meeting our minimums... HGDB never did it for me, though I am on my second heat gun. DOES make a nice accessory for skillet roasting thouogh... Brett On 9/29/06, cja wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
I've taken the bread machine-heat gun road, a method I never would have tried without reading about both the skillet roast and HG/DB routes. I still use my IR2, but I am so enthralled by my bread machine roasts that I have actually arranged a way to continue the bread machine shtick over the winter at another location. vicki Brett Mason wrote: <Snip>
My opinion is that it comes down to a preference of thermal transfer and whether one enjoys the flavor component the roasting smoke adds. I believe air roasting is lacking in its abilities to meet my flavor expectations and prefer a Whirly Pop or solid drum for roasting.
Vicki, How much do you roast in one batch? (I"m assuming the size of the batch is limited by the size of the bowl in the bread machine...???) Brian On 9/29/06, Vicki Smith wrote: <Snip>
I generally roast 12 ounces at a time, mainly because with two coffee drinkers, that is sufficient. I have roasted 2X as much as that of beans that I like at city+. The real limitation is the amount of time the "knead" function operates, unless one wants to go into the guts and mess with the timer. My old, old, Sunbeam will knead for 22 minutes on the dough cycle. This morning I did 12 ounces of Moka Kadir to FC+/Vienna. I used the heat gun on high until first crack was really established, about 8-9 minutes in, then switched to the lower heat for about 6 minutes, and then finally back to high heat to finish the roast. That gives me a 16-17 minute roast, which seems just great for the MK. It took me a too fast or too slow roast or so to figure out is how far away from the beans to have the HG. vicki Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip>
Thanks, Vicki, 12 oz is certainly a good-sized roast. Brian On 9/29/06, Vicki Smith wrote: <Snip>
I think 2.5lb is certainly a good sized roast... see picture on main page of my website... I am using a popper this week, and I have to go back every day and do more... Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.comOn 9/29/06, Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com