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Topic: Another Newbie (16 msgs / 528 lines)
1) From: Chad Hilbert
Hi All,
I have to confess, until I found the SM website a few weeks ago I was from 
the camp that believed coffee was a brown poweder you found in a tin can. 
Growing up in Cincinnati, I use to also believe corn grew in a can, atleast 
until I was about twelve years old.
Lately I 've tried to devour all the information on the SM web site, and I 
have to confess.....ya'll are very intimidating.  I'm still trying to figure 
out what "city roast", FC+, etc., etc. means...but I digress....
I broke down last week and ordered the i roast 2, and the sample 8 pack.  My 
first roast was a REAL experience.
Armed with all the new information, the instructions that came with the i 
roast 2, and the supplemental info sent with the order, I assembled the 
machine (it took a while to figure out how to get the cardboard out of the 
roaster) and began my first roast.  I picked some beans that were labeled 
"costa rica".  Not knowing exactly how to proceed, I elected to to just use 
the pre-program 2 on the face of the machine, and see what happens.  After 
reading all the info, and a few of the posts on this list, I intently 
watched the beans, and listened intently for a "crack".  Boy, the machine 
sure makes alot of noise...  anyway, I'm leaning close to the machine, and I 
HEAR IT....I THINK...(pop) That MUST be it.  I quickly pushed the "temp" 
button and it reads 375 degrees.  Things are beginning to happen quickly, 
and with all the information swirling through my head about first crack, 
then second crack, along with all the noise...I'm quickly becoming confused. 
Then suddenly my wife comes  charging down the stairs screaming "The Smoke 
detector is going off!!!....the smoke detector is going off!!!.....
She wasn't aware at this point what I was up too.....
Undetered....I am starring at the beans, noticing that they are beginning to 
get a little DARK.  Looking at the count down timer, it shows there is still 
about five minutes to go...did I screw up?  Are they supposto to turn dark 
that early? About this time the second SMOKE DETECTOR goes off....which 
REALLY GETS my wifes attention.  She's sure I'm about to burn the house 
down.
But I soldier on....keenly watching....and listening... for that elusive 
SECOND CRACK that I read so much about....and the beans keep getting darker 
and darker.  I panic and pull out some beans my wife bought at Starbucks for 
comparison.  MY BEANS ARE GITTING DARKER THAN STARBUCKS !!!.   I CHICKEN out 
and push the "COOL" button with one minute left on the timer.  WHEW 
!!!......At least now I can start setteling down from all the camotion. 
Timer says I can relax now for the next four minutes....but what's that?.... 
Siren?...getting louder?
Did Ya'll know that some smoke detectors automatically call the fire 
department?
Chad
Jacksonville, FL

2) From: Eddie Dove
Chad,
That what a great read!
I don't know if you already have this, but make sure you have a copy of the
Visual Roast Chart from Sweet Maria's on hand. (http://www.sweetmarias.com/roasting-VisualGuideV2.html)  It is a great
reference to have available ...
Eddie
On 12/5/06, Chad Hilbert  wrote:
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3) From: Brett Mason
Now, Chad, That was entertaining.  I didn't know they made the call!
Welcome to the great pursuit!
Brett
On 12/5/06, Chad Hilbert  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

4) From: Kris McN
HAHahahahahaha!  That pretty much describes my first experience with
roasting/iRoast2, except instead of the Fire Department, it was all our
elderly neighbors.  That Preset 2 on the iRoast2 is long and hot, so I'm not
surprised your beans ended up DARK.  I pretty quickly programmed in the 2
roast profiles Tom recommends for the i2, except I added 30 seconds to the
end of both of them for addedd flexibility - I used to almost never make it
to the end of the profile until I moved out into the garage  (so I could put
the batteries back into the smoke detector) and the weather cooled down
significantly.  I use that first profile for just about everything and I hit
cool when things are how I want them, but if I let it run all the way out I
still only get to Full City+ at the most.  It's been a good one for me to
learn all the hallmarks on.  I haven't used either of the pre-programmed
profiles since.
Kris McN
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
ROFLOL! Well, sounds like you know how dark NOT to roast and why you'd NEVER
leave a roaster unattended and why you end your roast manually!
miKe
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6) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
Chad,
Great story.
I also have an iRoast2. With close listening I have finally been able  
to detect what I believe is the 1st crack but I do not believe I have  
ever heard the 2nd crack. I believe the reason is my poor hearing and  
the noise of the iRoast2.
I have found color to be very helpful to identity stages of roast.  
But I still have difficulty being sure where I am at. I recommend  http://www.sweetmarias.com/roasted.pict-guide.htmlas a helpful  
reference.
BTW - I have removed the battery from the smoke detector closest to  
where I roast.
dave
On Dec 5, 2006, at 6:27 PM, Chad Hilbert wrote:
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7) From: Kevin
Did you offer the firemen coffee?
On 12/5/06, Dave Ehrenkranz  wrote:
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Kevinhttp://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html">http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/"I got a fever and the only prescription... is more cowbell!"http://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html

8) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Dave,
I am in the same condition with regard to hearing. I am about to head down
to one of the local auto parts stores and locate a "stethiscope" used for
listening to engine sounds. I read a few posts about an electronic device
keyed to a specific frequency so as to recognize 'pop' from 'snap', but just
hearing the sound with the stethiscope should do it.
And Chad...my first roast was in the wifes oven...almost as bad a scene. My
first 'Roaster' was the Rostero or however you spell it, and I waited until
the wife left the house to do my first in it. (She doesn't like coffee...or
cola...or caffine...)...
On 12/6/06, Dave Ehrenkranz  wrote:
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
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9) From: Vicki Smith
I noticed that if I have my IR2 roasting in an environment with a hard 
surface behind it, and nothing "soft" to absorb the sounds, I can hear 
second crack. I had always been able to hear 1st, though it was never 
more than a few pops that made their way to my ear.
In any case, when I roast in my garage, I can hear 2nd, but not when I 
roast in my kitchen.
v
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10) From: Rich Adams
I found the same thing when I used a p1 ,,,,,that if there was a wall behind 
it, I could hear both 1st and 2nd cracks very distinctly and a lot easier.
Respectfully,
Rich Adams

11) From: Sean Cary
Last week I was roasting in the garage and did 2 back to back roasts with
the door down - so when I was done, I opened the door.  I could only imagine
the neighbors thinking it looked like the van from Fast Times at Ridgemont
High...and thinking that the Marine was loosening up finally.
As if.
I am a Floridian also, just living where the Marine Corps sends me now,
freezing my Florida boy butt off here in Northern VA.
How bout them Gators!!
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori

12) From: Eddie Dove
Sean!  Hilariours!!!
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13) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
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Mine only goes off in the house. No calls
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Mine only goes off in the house. =
No calls
On Dec 6, 2006, at 2:25 AM, Kevin =
wrote:
Did you offer the firemen coffee? On 12/5/06, Dave = Ehrenkranz <daveehr> = wrote: Chad, Great story. I also have an iRoast2. With close = listening I have finally been able to detect what I believe is the = 1st crack but I do not believe I have ever heard the 2nd crack. I = believe the reason is my poor hearing and the noise of the = iRoast2. I have found color to be very helpful to identity stages = of roast. But I still have difficulty being sure where I am at. I = recommend =http://www.sweetmarias.com/roasted.pict-guide.htmlas a = helpful reference. BTW - I have removed the battery from the = smoke detector closest to where I roast. dave On Dec 5, = 2006, at 6:27 PM, Chad Hilbert wrote: > Hi All, > > I = have to confess, until I found the SM website a few weeks ago I > = was from the camp that believed coffee was a brown poweder you > = found in a tin can. Growing up in Cincinnati, I use to also believe = > corn grew in a can, atleast until I was about twelve years = old. > > Lately I 've tried to devour all the information on = the SM web > site, and I have to confess.....ya'll are very = intimidating.  I'm > still trying to figure out what "city = roast", FC+, etc., etc. > means...but I = digress.... > > I broke down last week and ordered the i = roast 2, and the sample 8 > pack.  My first roast was a REAL = experience. > > Armed with all the new information, the = instructions that came with > the i roast 2, and the supplemental = info sent with the order, I > assembled the machine (it took a = while to figure out how to get the > cardboard out of the = roaster) and began my first roast.  I picked > some beans that = were labeled "costa rica".  Not knowing exactly how > to = proceed, I elected to to just use the pre-program 2 on the face > = of the machine, and see what happens.  After reading all the = info, > and a few of the posts on this list, I intently watched = the beans, > and listened intently for a "crack".  Boy, the = machine sure makes > alot of noise...  anyway, I'm leaning = close to the machine, and I > HEAR IT....I THINK...(pop) That MUST = be it.  I quickly pushed the > "temp" button and it reads 375 = degrees.  Things are beginning to > happen quickly, and with = all the information swirling through my > head about first crack, = then second crack, along with all the > noise...I'm quickly = becoming confused. Then suddenly my wife comes > charging down = the stairs screaming "The Smoke detector is going > off!!!....the = smoke detector is going off!!!..... > > She wasn't aware at = this point what I was up too..... > > Undetered....I am = starring at the beans, noticing that they are > beginning to get = a little DARK.  Looking at the count down timer, > it shows = there is still about five minutes to go...did I screw up? > Are = they supposto to turn dark that early? About this time the > = second SMOKE DETECTOR goes off....which REALLY GETS my wifes > = attention.  She's sure I'm about to burn the house = down. > > But I soldier on....keenly watching....and = listening... for that > elusive SECOND CRACK that I read so much = about....and the beans > keep getting darker and darker.  I = panic and pull out some beans my > wife bought at Starbucks for = comparison.  MY BEANS ARE GITTING > DARKER THAN STARBUCKS = !!!.   I CHICKEN out and push the "COOL" > button with one = minute left on the timer.  WHEW !!!......At least > now I can = start setteling down from all the camotion. Timer says I > can = relax now for the next four minutes....but what's that?.... > = Siren?...getting louder? > > Did Ya'll know that some smoke = detectors automatically call the > fire = department? > > Chad > Jacksonville, = FL > > = > homeroast mailing list > http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast > To change = your personal list settings (digest options, vacations, > = unsvbscribes) go to http://sweetmarias.com/> = maillistinfo.html#personalsettings= homeroast mailing list =http://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change = your personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go = to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings =
-- Kevin http://homecoffeeroastbl=og.blogspot.com/ "I got a fever and the only prescription... = is more cowbell!" http:/= /www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html

14) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
Vicki,
I wonder what makes the surface in the garage "hard" but the kitchen  
surface "soft." I will try putting different surfaces behind the  
roaster.
dave
On Dec 6, 2006, at 8:54 AM, Vicki Smith wrote:
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15) From: James
I use an Ohaus triple beam scale to weigh my batches for my Bravia. Since t=
hese are bulky and are not supposed to be continually moved around, mine is=
 on display on the dining room table. Uncouth visitors seem to automaticall=
y assume I am a part-time drug dealer! Now I have a digital scale on order.=
..
  
James in Southern CA (neighbor of Camp Pendleton)
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inal Message ----
From: Sean Cary 
To: homeroast=
ts.sweetmarias.com
Sent: Wednesday, December 6, 2006 3:42:01 PM
Subject=
: RE: +Another Newbie
Last week I was roasting in the garage and did 2=
 back to back roasts with
the door down - so when I was done, I opened th=
e door.  I could only imagine
the neighbors thinking it looked like the v=
an from Fast Times at Ridgemont
High...and thinking that the Marine was l=
oosening up finally.
As if.
I am a Floridian also, just living wh=
ere the Marine Corps sends me now,
freezing my Florida boy butt off here =
in Northern VA.
How bout them Gators!!
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC=
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori

16) From: Vicki Smith
I assume that gypsum/wallboard is more sound absorbing than the walls of 
our garage. In our garage, that has no soft surfaces (curtains, floor 
coverings, ceiling tiles, sound just bounces around (mebbe aka echoes).
v
Dave Ehrenkranz wrote:
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