I just spent some Christmas gift money and bought what ought to be the ideal heat gun for home roasting. It is the Milwaukee Variable Temperature model 8986-20. It has 1500 watt capacity and the temperature is electronically controlled. It is also light weight, unlike the Master of mine that just died and has a five year warranty. It is somewhat more expensive than others but this is Christmas gift money and Carol wants me to get the coffee roasting out of the kitchen The description notes: <Snip> Anyway, I thought it sounded ideal and should offer the control needed to profile a roast so it is on the way. I'll report on how it does once it gets here. Should arrive the same day I expect Harvey to deliver five pounds of the Misty Valley and some others I got to round out twelve pounds. It feels like it should be another good year. Pecan Jim In La Place, Alabama which is no longer an official place but does have crocuses blooming through out January this year, they used to show up in time for Valentines Day.
I'd be interested in seeing how you use the variable temps, Jim. I have a light weight inexpensive heat gun. For most roasts I use the higher setting until 1st gets, urmmm, cracking really well, and then switch to the lower setting (figuring the beans were by then generating a fair amount of their own heat). I usually go back to the high setting shortly before it's time to bring it home, especially if I am going to let 2nd crack happen. I don't vary the distance from the beans all that much, though of course, I have to adjust as the beans expand to keep the distance pretty much constant. vicki (feeling a bit silly talking about roasting in such a serious way with a bread machine ;) ) jim gundlach wrote: <Snip>
Our current bread machine is an Oster. Since I already use my Celtic Critic's deep Kitchen Aid mixer bowl for roasting, Caution trumps Valor. I think I've filched enough kitchen gear and real estate for the entire 21st century. For decades, we used a DAK/ Welbuilt bread machine to bake hundreds of loaves of bread. The Oster cranks out magnificent bread since we started using EVO oil in the dough recipe. I'll have to put together a vacuum cyclone to empty the DAK and cool the beans if I use it for roasting. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder?
On 1/13/07, jim gundlach wrote: <Snip> Jim, I have the same HG except with the LED readout....the 8988-20. I love it! So easy to slide the temp to where I want it. The filters are a snap to slide out and clean with a burst of canned air. Since I roast at least 2 lbs at a time, I use bottom heat from my BBQ grill side burner and hang the HG off the side of the BBQ hood. I usually start the HG on on full air speed with temp around 900 degrees and high heat from the side burner. Once first crack is finished, I reduce the HG temp as needed to coast to where I want to finish my roast and prevent scorching. This allows me to slow down my stirring and let the bean mass add heat. I think you're going to like it. Take care, Ann
Jim, Congrats on your new heat gun. I am eagerly looking forward to your reviews. Brian On 1/14/07, jim gundlach wrote: <Snip>