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Topic: Gene Cafe Roaster: Maintenance Tip (11 msgs / 266 lines)
1) From: Eddie Dove
Fellow Gene Cafe Owners,
While taking apart my Gene Cafe today, I noticed something that I don't see
covered in the manual.  It appears, to me anyway, that there is only one
spot from which air is taken into the roaster to be heated and used for the
roasting of the beans.  It is UNDER the roaster; out of sight, out of mind.
I noticed that a high percentage of the intake on my was clogged with dust;
there is a very fine, mesh screen that traps the dust.  It would probably be
worth your while to check yours and clean it with a vacuum cleaner; I used
the attachments meant for computers.
Place the roaster on a towel so that when you flip it over, you won't
scratch or otherwise damage the cover.  Flip the roaster over and in the
upper, right corner are the ventilation slots.  The intake fan is located in
the center of those intake slots and that is where mine needed to be
cleaned.
Also, I have found the the orange pumice hand cleaner is very effective for
removing the oil buildup, especially on the glass part of the drum.  I smear
it on and let it sit and do its thing, then smear it some more ... until it
loosens it to the point that it comes right off.  It has not scratched the
glass on mine.  BE SURE TO RINSE THOROUGHLY.
Hope this is helpful to someone.
Respectfully,
Eddie
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2) From: Aaron
Eddie while I can not comment on the success of your endeavors here.  I 
will say this.  The glass is probably pyrex or some similar type given 
the heat it has to withstand....
Pumice is generally a bad idea, you may not see it now but one day the 
thing could just shatter on you because of the scratches ya put in it 
with the pumice.  You might not see them but they are there and they do 
weaken the structure of the glass.  Pyrex tends to be one of the more hi 
stress type structures anyways.
Granted it's to prevent lawsuits mostly in today's pathetic society 
where people can sue for anything and win because of worthless judges 
but... this is one of the reasons coffee pots made of pyrex will have a 
warning on them, if you scratched it, chipped it, or boiled it dry, do 
NOT use the pot anymore.  It can with no notice shatter because of the 
stress / weakness introduced by the 'defect' you caused.
Might I recommend soaking in lemon juice / vinegar  or pretty much any 
cleaner, hot soapy water and a greenie meanie type plastic scrubby pad 
will probably take the gunk off just as good as a pumice based cleanser.
Yes I have used pots that were boiled dry repeatedly, with no ill 
effects, but I have also seen pots (which were previously boiled dry) 
just go *crack* !! half way through being filled with brewing coffee, 
leaving everyone going, oh !@#$#  what the @## was that all about?  
quick get your cup under the spout....
Not sure what a new roast drum for the gene cafe costs but, im sure it 
aint cheap... why chance it?
Aaron

3) From: Rusty
I find it is easier to clean the drum by removing the center section
and using dish soap with a plastic scrubber as Aaron suggested. Be
careful not to loose the little rubber piece!
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4) From: Eddie Dove
Didn't know it was removable ... how?
Eddie
On 1/28/07, Rusty  wrote:
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5) From: Eddie Dove
Thanks for the tip, Aaron ... appreciate it.
It does work great on the chaff collector though, which is what I was
cleaning today.  Previously, I have not been able to clean the drum with
dish soap,  but if I can find out how to remove the center ...
Eddie
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Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
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6) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Thanks, Eddie. I'll have to clean out the intake. Hopefully it improves
performance a bit.
---Fellow Gene Cafe Owners,
While taking apart my Gene Cafe today, I noticed something that I don't see
covered in the manual.  It appears, to me anyway, that there is only one
spot from which air is taken into the roaster to be heated and used for the
roasting of the beans.  It is UNDER the roaster; out of sight, out of mind.
I noticed that a high percentage of the intake on my was clogged with dust;
there is a very fine, mesh screen that traps the dust.  It would probably be
worth your while to check yours and clean it with a vacuum cleaner; I used
the attachments meant for computers.
Place the roaster on a towel so that when you flip it over, you won't
scratch or otherwise damage the cover.  Flip the roaster over and in the
upper, right corner are the ventilation slots.  The intake fan is located in
the center of those intake slots and that is where mine needed to be
cleaned.
Also, I have found the the orange pumice hand cleaner is very effective for
removing the oil buildup, especially on the glass part of the drum.  I smear
it on and let it sit and do its thing, then smear it some more ... until it
loosens it to the point that it comes right off.  It has not scratched the
glass on mine.  BE SURE TO RINSE THOROUGHLY.
Hope this is helpful to someone.
Respectfully,
Eddie

7) From: Jeremy DeFranco
That would help to know how to take that center piece out. I found what
works best for scrubbing it, regardless, though is Group Head Brush S/S
Bristles.  Letting it
sit with oxyclean paste works well too, if you don't like scrubbing...

8) From: Coffeenut
When I was using an Alpenrost, I found that the Urnex "Clearly Coffee"
product did a very nice job or removing the heavy oils that would build.  I
do love Gojo for cleaning the toughest oily gunk, paint, and lots of other
things that soap just won't remove from my hands.  Do they have a non-gritty
version of it perhaps?
Rick

9) From: Eddie Dove
I did get the center out of mine; it was stuck.  At the risk of breaking it
(sippin' whiskey), I used a screwdriver to pry it.  Once it broke free, it
slipped right out.  THANK YOU, RUSTY!
While I was scrubbing the center piece with a stainless steel brush (looks
brand new now), my wife, looking over my shoulder, says, "How much to just
have a spare one?"  "I'll order one then we'll both know ..."
The drum is now soaking in vinegar ... THANK YOU, AARON!
This is yet another reason why I love this list!  I post something hoping to
be helpful to others and I end up getting a tremendous amount of help.
Thanks also to Rick, I will note that for future reference.
Respectfully,
Eddie
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Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 1/28/07, Jeremy DeFranco  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 1/28/07, Jeremy DeFranco  wrote:
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10) From: Michael Dhabolt
Simply Green.
Mike (just plain)

11) From: Aaron
Just to add a sidenote, bleach is fairly good at cleaning too but, be 
careful with plastics and bleach, even though they may be dishwasher 
safe, bleach can attack them and alter their properties.  I remember 
having a plastic cup that I soaked in bleach water for a few hours 
because it got nasty on the bottom,  ended up turning the plastic into a 
hardish crayola crayon consistancy that you could crumble off with your 
fingernail.... Lesson learned  bleach and plastics get a check minus in 
the plays well with others column.
Another thing if you wish,  a CLEAN ie BRAND NEW toilet brush works 
wonders for cleaning hard to get into jars and stuff too if you don't 
have a bottle brush / scrubber... which can be found in any homebrew 
shop if you are looking for one....  Ill shut up now..
Aaron


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