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Topic: A cool roasting idea. (4 msgs / 108 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
I empty my bread pan into a big wire strainer (big because I roast at 
least a pound at a time) and place the contraption over a fan and give 
it a bit of a shake. Not only does it cool very quickly, it blows out 
the rest of the chaff.
vicki
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2) From: raymanowen
I don't worry about doing two things at once.
When I'm satisfied the beans are at The Point I want them in roasting,
Wham-O! I STOP The Roast.
The chaff can come or go- - or not go. I could hardly care less, when I just
want to get this train stopped.
If I tried to simultaneously blow the chaff away while I was cooling, this
old Fortz would be on his hands and knees, doing the 1000 Bean Pick Up. Can
you say "Hunter-Gatherer?"
Couldn't you just wait 15 seconds for Cool Beans, then arrange chaff
deportation?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"The indisputable truth is that no coffee is fresh if it isn't fresh
roasted." - - Martin Diedrich

3) From: Vicki Smith
Nothing (well nothing I have tried) cools my beans faster than my fan 
setup. The fact that it blows out the chaff at the same time is a bonus.
If I were to do what the OP suggested, dunking my bread machine pan in 
icy cold water, I bet it would take far longer for the beans in the 
middle of the bean mass to cool down than it does when they are over my 
turbo fan.
If the OP is not roasting a big batch, it might be a bit different, but 
for my big roasts, the fan setup is terrific.
You can see my fan setup here: http://www.4cats2much.com/blogpics/2006_8/breadroast2.jpg From hot as hades to cool to the touch in 90 seconds with a 1.5 roast. 
I can't imagine any method that would cool this weight in hot from the 
roaster beans in 15 seconds.
I'm open to learning though, Ray, so do tell...
vicki
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4) From: raymanowen
No kidding, the farm feed supply store where I get bird food also is a metal
salvage yard. About a year ago, I couldn't believe my eyes- looked like a
half dozen gas fired residential forced air furnaces being loaded into a
metal dumpster.
I got the blower out of one of them for $2!
The gal inside said I should have talked to her- she said I could have a
whole 'nuther furnace (120K BTUH) for $25!!
These were Pristine and new- not one speck of dust, but I couldn't imagine
getting a complete one far enough into the bloody Bronco to avoid attracting
attention of the Polizei on the 6 mile trip back home.
It's a unit blower with a 3-speed motor in the middle of it for cooling.
I just lay it on its side with the motor down so I can set an 11inch screen
mesh colander in the open venturi. I wired it for the high blow, and turn it
on at the end of a roast.
I have dumped 800g of smoking, snapping beans out of the Kitchen Aid deep
mixer bowl into the colander to cool. I stirred them around a couple of
times with the spatula.
This was my biggest batch- twice the normal size with the HG. Really a bit
much for the HG I have, but the roast was stopped in 10 seconds and dead
cold in 30 seconds.
On a normal 400g roast, it stops almost instantly in the monster cold
airflow. I stir them with my bare hands at 10 seconds and they'll be DEAD
COLD in 15 seconds or so.
Talk about Air Brakes and wind chill- I call it my Grand Slam cooler.  If I
can ever get a line on another of these blowers, I'd be glad to send one up
to you, or bring it up, if I can manage the trip to a Rocky Mountain
Substance Gathering.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
The substance is COFFEE, and any abuse would be Not enjoying and sharing
brews...


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