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I'd say yes AND no AND it depends AND not comparing between different
roasters. For instance same bean roasted to same Agtron finish same profile
on a commericial drum roaster heated via electric heat will have greater
weigh loss than the same/similar commercial drum roaster except equipped
with gas heater because gas is a moister heat. Another different example the
same exact roaster two roasts of the same bean one long the other short
profile to same Agron finish and longer profile will have greater weight
loss (within limits). Or so my studies indicate.
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Michael Wascher
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: +Mass loss and roast degree?
Yes. A roaster/cafe owner that I knew in Ohio used it for QA. One of the
roasters would measure & weigh nbeans part way through the roast too. You
couldn't use it to decide if it was time to dump & cool the beans, it took
too much time, but they did use it at the end of the roast to determine how
close they got to their desired roast.
On 10/16/06, Don Harris >
Is mass loss a valid way to determine the degree of a roast? Decaf?
Monsooned? Mass loss would be valid for a period of time on a specific
bean but not bean to bean, right?
The SCCA lists for example:
Agtron Tile #55 equals a bean temp of 445 a roast name of Full City
and a mass loss of 17%.*
Thinking out loud it would be nice to see something like "Full City,
about a 17% mass loss" on the bags.
*(source: Roast Mag - Leaving the Dark Side - Sept/Oct 2005)--
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