I enclosed my popper in a box to recycle the hot air back to the inflow. The first batch after that turned to charcoal in just over two minutes. OK, some fresh air in the system won't hurt ... After that I was getting a French to Italian roast in 4 to 6 minutes, depending on the venting and how much time the butter dish was off to peek at the progress. Is this too fast? And, yes, I'm new here. -- Michael Rasmussen, Portland Oregon Be appropriate && Follow your curiosityhttp://fut.patch.com/">http://www.patch.com/words/orhttp://fut.patch.com/ The fortune cookie says: "We maintain that the very foundation of our way of life is what we call free enterprise," said Cash McCall, "but when one of our citizens show enough free enterprise to pile up a little of that profit, we do our best to make him feel that he ought to be ashamed of himself." -- Cameron Hawley
Michael, Welcome aboard! Those numbers seem to match the times I recorded when I used poppers. Others on the list are much better with the poppers than I am and I hope they will chime in. The most important thing though, is how does it taste to you? Eddie On 11/19/06, Michael Rasmussen wrote: <Snip>
I find 10 to 15 minute range usually best balanced roast most beans for fluid bed roasters. Most or very important is the time from start of 1st of end of roast, usually minimum 3 or 4 minutes regardless the degree of roast be it cinnamon or vienna. Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. <Snip>
Mike, I am finding that 12-16 minutes are most often the best in the RK drum as well. When you stretch the roasts much past 16 minutes, you don't have the rich character and the bean becomes a bit on the flat side. Les On 11/19/06, miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
<Snip> <Snip> Yes it is too fast if you cannot immediately quench the roast. Years ago, I did some 2 minute popper roasts and had mostly very good results. The problem is determining the end point of the roast. There may be only a few seconds between full city and charcoal. I used poppers that were modded to cool by shutting off the heat while the fan ran at full power. After a 2 minute cool in the popper, the beans were dumped on a tray to finish cooling. You cannot overload the popper and expect an even roast. The beans must be moving fast at the start. I used a maximum load of 70 grams. --
Unless, of course, you stand over it for 14mins and constantly stir with a wooden spoon. Youre sufficiently smoked when done, chaff is in your hair, but you more or less have an even, 14min, 1/2lb roast..
I'm also new (only about 2-3 lbs roasted) but am using a popper as well. I'm getting about 6-8 minutes to French Roast. I added an extension cord and removed the butter cup (and popped in 50 degree weather) and extended my roast to 10-11 min for a Full City +. I'm finding that slowing down the process gives me a fighting chance to experience a first and second crack, although, it still veries. Hope that helps. John Nanavati Plainfield, New Jersey
Thanks all. I'll be adjusting the circulation/butter cup to extend the times. With a 10 or 12 minute roast when should I expect first crack? -- Michael Rasmussen, Portland Oregon Be appropriate && Follow your curiosityhttp://fut.patch.com/">http://www.patch.com/words/orhttp://fut.patch.com/ The fortune cookie says: Shut off engine before fueling.
John, I'm assuming that when you say "fighting chance to experience a first and second crack", that you mean that the roast is racing. I had the same problem when I started. That was at 6500 feet in New Mexico. I had been roasting 3/4 cup at a time. One way to slow down the roast is to roast less at a time. Someone on this list suggested cutting back to 1/3 cup. I did that and the roast stretched out to about 9-10 mins. Ultimately I roasted 1/2 cup at a time, which took about 8 to get just into second, when I cut the heat (I had the heat element on a separate switch) and left the fan on to cool. Brian On 11/20/06, john nanavati wrote: <Snip>
<Snip> Time of first depends on a lot of variables. For extended popper roasts, figure 6 to 8 minutes as a target. Then add another 3 to 4 minutes until start of second. My experience is at odds with most others. My best popper roasts were 3 to 5 minutes from cold start to first snap of second. Roasts beyond 6 minutes were significantly inferior to the faster profiles. I suggest you try both slow and fast profiles to find what you like. --
Mine are the same. 6:30 for first, and ~10-11 for 2nd. Ive tried stretching 1st to around 8, not sure if its made a difference..
Yeah, it's funny. My first roast (Colombia Excelso 13556) seemed to follow all that I had read as far as sounds and smells for first crack and second crack. There was so much to remember that I thought, incorrectly that Full City+ was at the end of second crack; so, my maiden voyage was a little "dark." As I roast a little more, I keep re-reading the information and Tom's roasting pictorialhttp://www.sweetmarias.com/roasting-VisualGuideV2.htmlso that its a little more internalized. I just roasted Mexico FTO Chiapas and Ethiopian Organic Dry-Process Sidamo. I ran 1/2 cup batches in my Poppery II. I heard some snaps at 5-6 minutes, which I took for first crack, but never really heard more than the occasional pop or the crackles of second crack. What I found interesting is that I received better feedback from my roasts when I increased the size to roughly 1/4 lb. But my very first roast was by the book and the pops and cracks have been lessening as I've roasted more. Regardless, my recent run came close to my goal - the Ethiopian, I think, went a little long. But they smell great. On 11/20/06, Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip>
Holy Cow, Raz! Did you still have the flaps extended when you went into AB? If The fortune cookie says: "We maintain that...he ought to be ashamed of himself." That's a lot of copy for one cookie. I'll bet they don't get too many of those in a box! When I re-started roasting in earnest about three years ago, it was snowing= . I had empty microwave cabinets handy. I had the HV parts and magnetrons out= . It made a nice popper cozy, sitting on the side with the ability to throttl= e the heat by opening the door. It was a genuine jury rig but it worked. I really liked roasting and the results. I guess the saving feature was the weed trimmer extension I was using. The coldest was 13° F- I really needed the popper cozy that time. When I started hearing 2nd Crack, I'd stop the roast and pour the beans between colanders. That became a joke when "Spring time in the Rockies" sen= t the temperature to 70° in January. fun fun fun. I'm glad the results tast= e so good. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! What's too fast? We're not eating clocks here, just roasting coffee-