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Topic: Update, Rocky Cleaning and Roaster Purchase made (3 msgs / 80 lines)
1) From: Diablo
Wish I had more time to get in on a lot of the posts here.  You all know how
that is though.
I purchased a Rocky not long ago, doserless.  Removed the finger guard cause it
seemed to be hanging up the beans more than anything else.  Operates with a
little less hangup than before.  After about 3 months I finally got a skunky
smell in the hopper.  Steps taken to remedy;
Removed hopper and cleaned with damp towel.  Did this well enough without soap.
 I have found that soap wants to stick to a lot of plastic stuff I have so I
avoid it if I don't have to absolutely have to use it.  Came out clean enough,
no residue left on the plastic at all.  
Removed chute and cleaned that same way.
After removeing the hopper I used a stiff basteing brush to remove a lot of the
grounds around the burr.  Replace cleaned hopper and chute.  Fill hopper with
instant rice and run at various settings through the spectrum.
Remove chute again and brush out area.  Run another hopper full rice through
one more time useing all the spectrum of coarse to fine grinds.
Skunk gone.  Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
Run a handfull of beans through and hear a difference in the sound of the
machine grindning even.  Got some remnants of rice powder out.  Brush it all
down inside around the burr again.  Tap machine to get those stubborn grinds
that stick in the chute area.  Need to make that mod to the chute so I can get
to that stuff that wants to hang up in that area.
Grind myself about 16g for 20oz in a Melita.  This requires 2 pours over the
grounds.  I chose some SHB Peru that I have.  MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm  No weird
flavors and very very tastey.
I have been dabbling selling my roasts.  I landed my coffee club at work and
they are all stuck on my coffee.  Next thing you know I am up in biz.  
So, I'm makeing a little money and spending more of it on bulk purchases of
green beans.  Things are looking up.  I have a few good friends to help me make
a purchase of a roaster.  Assessment was made on my needs and what kind of work
I was up to.  The HR-1 from Diedrich.  I know it's only a pound, but I'm up to
the work.  I'll be hitting the local farmer's markets on Saturdays.  I have a
small base built up and I'll probably canvas the area with fliers before I
actually get out there and do it.  I'm still waiting on my purchase but have
been reading and reading and reading.  I'm ready.  
Many thanks to the posters here for so much knowledge.  
Leo

2) From: Brett Mason
I have a spreadhseet for tracking coffee purchases, sales, hardware
purchases and sales too - would you like a copy?  It's in MS Excel 2003....
Brett
On 1/10/07, Diablo  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Robert Joslin
Congrats on your HR-1 purchase.  I've been using mine for almost a year and
I love it.  I still use my old (very) Hot Top from time to time.  Although
the HR-1 will accomodate about a pound at a time (I usually run 460 g
loads), once it gets hot you can really go to town with the only turn around
time being 20 seconds to vacuum out the chaff trap and allowing the beans to
cool.  If you have a separate cooling device your turn around time is even
shorter.  Happy
Roasting.                                                     Robert Joslin
On 1/10/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
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