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Topic: Hello from Western Ky (18 msgs / 624 lines)
1) From: Jason Turner
I've been following the list for a few months now and wanted to introduce
myself and say thanks for all the great info.  I started this fall and have
moved from a $10 popper, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a Swissmar
Bravi roaster and the other gear listed below.  The Bravi is great, very
automatic, but great.  I only have about 10 roasts on it so far and I hope
to develop some tricks that give me a little more control over the roast.
My gear list:  Rocky Doserless, Bunn A-10 drip, SwissMar Bravi roaster,
AeroPress, Bodum 48oz press pot and a Breville Cafe Roma espresso.
Thanks again!
Jason

2) From: Les
Welcome to the hobby (obsession) Jason.
Les
On 2/1/07, Jason Turner  wrote:
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3) From: Floyd Lozano
Hobbsession?
On 2/1/07, Les  wrote:
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4) From: Kevin
Obsession is my vote 
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My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

5) From: Eddie Dove
Jason,
Welcome aboard!
Eddie
-- 
Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 2/1/07, Jason Turner  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 2/1/07, Jason Turner  wrote:
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6) From: Larry Johnson
Welcome, Jason. Have fun and keep us posted.
Larry J (lilboybrew)
-- 
"I hear, and I forget.  I see, and I remember.  I do, and I
understand."    -- Confucius
On 2/1/07, Jason Turner  wrote:
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7) From: L. Michael Fraley, MD
Hey Jason,  Welcome!  I am a KY boy, myself.  Though from the exact 
opposite end of the state!
Michael
On Feb 1, 2007, at 2:03 PM, Larry Johnson wrote:
Welcome, Jason. Have fun and keep us posted.
 
Larry J (lilboybrew)
-- 
"I hear, and I forget.  I see, and I remember.  I do, and I 
understand."    -- Confucius
 
 
 
On 2/1/07, Jason Turner  wrote: I've been 
following the list for a few months now and wanted to introduce myself =
and say thanks for all the great info.  I started this fall and have =
moved from a $10 popper, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a 
Swissmar Bravi roaster and the other gear listed below.  The Bravi is =
great, very automatic, but great.  I only have about 10 roasts on it =
so 
far and I hope to develop some tricks that give me a little more 
control over the roast.
<Snip>
L. Michael Fraley, MD

8) From: Coffeenut
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
Welcome, glad you came out from the cold lurker-land and into the sun!
I hadn't realized that Swissmar had come out with something beyond the
original Alpenrost design.  I still have a working Alp that I use indoors
for when it's too rainy for me to do a grill-roast.  
Rick  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason Turner
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:01 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +Hello from Western Ky
I've been following the list for a few months now and wanted to introduce
myself and say thanks for all the great info.  I started this fall and have
moved from a $10 popper, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a Swissmar
Bravi roaster and the other gear listed below.  The Bravi is great, very
automatic, but great.  I only have about 10 roasts on it so far and I hope
to develop some tricks that give me a little more control over the roast. 
My gear list:  Rocky Doserless, Bunn A-10 drip, SwissMar Bravi roaster,
AeroPress, Bodum 48oz press pot and a Breville Cafe Roma espresso.  
Thanks again!  
Jason  

9) From:
Jason:
Welcome. You have a great gear list...
trust me it will expand!!
ginny
homeroasters.org
---- Jason Turner  wrote: 
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10) From: Jason Turner
I'm pretty sure the Bravi is the updated Alp from this past summer/fall.
Tom's review is right on.  Great machine but really needs a few things to
make it user friendly.  It seems to me that they are missing their core
audience by making it so "hands-free".  In my limited experience, it seems
that anyone "crazy" enough to get into home roasting their own coffee wants
to play and experiment.  The Bravi doesn't easily allow for much of that.
On the other hand, it is roasting great coffee in our 20 degree weather of
late and it's ease in getting it started, cleaned up and back inside is
welcome at that temp.
Jason
On 2/1/07, Coffeenut  wrote:
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Jason Turner

11) From: Coffeenut
You are right, we are a bunch of "tweakers" and "experimenters".  Just
today, I was in Walmart and Lowes looking for materials to make a better
bean cooler than the one I'd already created.  If I tell someone in the
store what I'm up to, they typically are puzzled, realize that I can't be
helped and politely move on to a normal customer.  
Have fun!
Rick
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason Turner
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:38 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Hello from Western Ky
I'm pretty sure the Bravi is the updated Alp from this past summer/fall.
Tom's review is right on.  Great machine but really needs a few things to
make it user friendly.  It seems to me that they are missing their core
audience by making it so "hands-free".  In my limited experience, it seems
that anyone "crazy" enough to get into home roasting their own coffee wants
to play and experiment.  The Bravi doesn't easily allow for much of that.
On the other hand, it is roasting great coffee in our 20 degree weather of
late and it's ease in getting it started, cleaned up and back inside is
welcome at that temp. 
Jason 
On 2/1/07, Coffeenut  wrote:
Welcome, glad you came out from the cold lurker-land and into the sun! 
I hadn't realized that Swissmar had come out with something beyond the
original Alpenrost design.  I still have a working Alp that I use indoors
for when it's too rainy for me to do a grill-roast.  
Rick 
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason Turner
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:01 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +Hello from Western Ky
 
I've been following the list for a few months now and wanted to introduce
myself and say thanks for all the great info.  I started this fall and have
moved from a $10 popper, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a Swissmar
Bravi roaster and the other gear listed below.  The Bravi is great, very
automatic, but great.  I only have about 10 roasts on it so far and I hope
to develop some tricks that give me a little more control over the roast. 
My gear list:  Rocky Doserless, Bunn A-10 drip, SwissMar Bravi roaster,
AeroPress, Bodum 48oz press pot and a Breville Cafe Roma espresso.  
Thanks again!  
Jason  
-- 
Jason Turner 
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12) From: Eddie Dove
This is so true, and don't you just love the expression that comes over
their face?  It is priceless!
Eddie
-- 
Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 2/1/07, Coffeenut  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 2/1/07, Coffeenut  wrote:
<Snip>

13) From: Ed Needham
And I'm north central KY (actually Indiana, but close enough) near 
Louisville.
*********************
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"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com(include [FRIEND] in subject line to get through my SPAM filters)
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14) From:
Jason,
I'm relatively new to the list and soon to begin my journey in home roasting.  Also, relatively new to Western Kentucky (Bowling Green).
I've got an RK Drum set to arrive any day.  Beans from SM on the way as well.  Look forward to tracking your progress (and learning along the way).
Home roasted coffee, bourbon and the Derby.  A trifecta of sorts!
Craig
've been following the list for a few months now and wanted to introduce
myself and say thanks for all the great info.  I started this fall and have
moved from a $10 popper, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a Swissmar
Bravi roaster and the other gear listed below.  The Bravi is great, very
automatic, but great.  I only have about 10 roasts on it so far and I hope
to develop some tricks that give me a little more control over the roast. 
My gear list:  Rocky Doserless, Bunn A-10 drip, SwissMar Bravi roaster,
AeroPress, Bodum 48oz press pot and a Breville Cafe Roma espresso.  
Thanks again!  
Jason  
-- 
Jason Turner

15) From: James
Hello  Jason! It is great to hear from another Bravia owner. AFAIK, the Bra=
via  is the second generation roaster following the original design of the =
 Alpenrost. While I agree that the lack of true control of the roast  profi=
le is a detraction, I still consider it relatively minor. For me,  the "fir=
e and forget" design is something that really fits what I want  90% of the =
time. Never wanted roasting to become a chore or be without  fresh roast be=
cause I didn't get to that part of my priority list of  things to do. With =
this machine I roast about every other weekend and  do four 224g roasts in =
a single session. The really nice part is I just  dial in a roast level, pu=
sh a button and let the machine do everything  else. It is so complimentary=
 to my inner Geek, to have a pre-programmed  machine do all my work for me!=
    
  Always ready to share notes with another Bravia owner...
    =
  James in Southern CA.
----- Original Message ----
From: Jason T=
urner 
To: homeroast
Sent: =
Thursday, February 1, 2007 1:38:15 PM
Subject: Re: +Hello from Western Ky=
I'm  pretty sure the Bravi is the updated Alp from this past  summer/=
fall.   Tom's review is right on.  Great machine  but really needs a few th=
ings to make it user friendly.  It seems  to me that they are missing their=
 core audience by making it so  "hands-free".  In my limited experience, it=
 seems that anyone  "crazy" enough to get into home roasting their own coff=
ee wants to play  and experiment.  The Bravi doesn't easily allow for much =
of  that.  On the other hand, it is roasting great coffee in our 20  degree=
 weather of late and it's ease in getting it started, cleaned up  and back =
inside is welcome at that temp.  
Jason 
On 2/1/07, Coffeenut  wrote:                                  Welcome, gla=
d you came out from the cold  lurker-land and into the sun!
     
    I=
 hadn't realized that Swissmar had  come out with something beyond the orig=
inal Alpenrost design.  I still  have a working Alp that I use indoors for =
when it's too rainy for me to  do a grill-roast.  
     
    Rick
   =
  
                
    From:  homeroast-admin  [=
mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of   Jason Turner=
  Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007  1:01 PM
  To: homeroast=
etmarias.com
  Subject: +Hello from Western Ky
    
     
    I've =
been following the list for a few months now and wanted to  introduce mysel=
f and say thanks for all the great info.  I started this  fall and have mov=
ed from a $10 popper, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a  Swissmar Br=
avi roaster and the other gear listed below.  The Bravi is  great, very aut=
omatic, but great.  I only have about 10 roasts on it so  far and I hope to=
 develop some tricks that give me a little more control over  the roast. =
  
  My gear list:  Rocky Doserless, Bunn A-10 drip, SwissMar Bravi ro=
aster,  AeroPress, Bodum 48oz press pot and a Breville Cafe Roma espresso. =
 
  
  Thanks again!  
  
  Jason  
    
    
      
=
-- 
Jason Turner=
Need Mail bo=
nding?
Go to the Yahoo! Mail Q&A for great tips from Yahoo! Answers users=
.http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/?link=list&sid=396546091

16) From: jay hobaugh
Jason,
I'm relatively new to the list and soon to begin my journey in home 
roasting.  Also, relatively new to Western Kentucky (Bowling Green).
I've got an RK Drum set to arrive any day.  Beans from SM on the way as 
well.  Look forward to tracking your progress (and learning along the 
way).
Home roasted coffee, bourbon and the Derby.  A trifecta of sorts!
Craig
Bowling green eh??
  My sister lives in Bowling Green I visit her at least twice a year...
  Good luck with the RK. I have been considering one myself lately.
  Steve
---------------------------------
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Go to the Yahoo! Mail Q&A for great tips from Yahoo! Answers users.

17) From: Jason Turner
Not being a chore is good.  That sounds like a pretty good schedule to
follow.  A couple of questions for Bravi users:
How long do you wait between roasts?  Everything in my machine is cool by
the time the beans dump but I found that after three roasts about 20 minutes
apart, the third batch was scorched.  Now, I am at about 45 minutes apart.
What number range are you roasting in?  11 is about my tops for regular
coffee and 9 for decaf.  I don't think I have gone over 12 for anything.
Can you hear the second crack in your machine?  My popper was obvious (and
had 4 minute roasts) but I am having trouble distinguishing cracks with this
machine.
Thanks!
On 2/1/07, James  wrote:
<Snip>
-- 
Jason Turner

18) From: James
How long to wait? Depends on the ambient air temperature and feel. After th=
e roast finishes I take out the bean caddy and then take out the drum and l=
eave the top open. I suggest about 20 minutes with relatively cool air temp=
s - say 50-60F. Once air temps get higher into the 65-75F range, I think th=
e wait has to increase to 40 minutes or more. Of course you can always use =
an external fan to cool the Bravia and that would probably really help as s=
ummer approaches.
  
I can always hear first crack. The highest I have =
roasted is to mark 12 with the Puro Scuro blend, and I really enjoyed the e=
spresso I made from that batch. I could not detect 2nd crack for that batch=
 but it would only be just starting and then the cool cycle would kick in. =
Something else I do to cool the machine is if I am out on the deck near the=
 end of the cool cycle, I remove the chaff collector/exhaust vent from the =
machine It pulls more air through the machine. Also, after removing the dru=
m I take out the bottom plate and clean it and then take a damp sponge to t=
he rest of the interior.
 
I have not yet been able to definitively ass=
ign a roast level to the number marks because I suspect that there is some =
variation due to the initial moisture content of the green beans. However, =
I would say that with 224g batches and a cool Bravia that mark 12 would be =
a FC+ to FC++. I would enjoy hearing from other Bravia owners that have own=
ed their machines longer, their correlation between mark 8-15 and roast lev=
els.
  
From my experience I have never had a bad roast from the machin=
e.
 
James in Southern CA.
----- Original Message ----
From: Jas=
on Turner 
To: homeroast
Se=
nt: Friday, February 2, 2007 11:34:49 AM
Subject: Re: +Hello from Western=
 Ky
Not being a chore is good.  That sounds like a pretty good sche=
dule to follow.  A couple of questions for Bravi users:  
How long do =
you wait between roasts?  Everything in my machine is cool by the time the =
beans dump but I found that after three roasts about 20 minutes apart, the =
third batch was scorched.  Now, I am at about 45 minutes apart.   
Wha=
t number range are you roasting in?  11 is about my tops for regular coffee=
 and 9 for decaf.  I don't think I have gone over 12 for anything.  
C=
an you hear the second crack in your machine?  My popper was obvious (and h=
ad 4 minute roasts) but I am having trouble distinguishing cracks with this=
 machine. 
Thanks!
On 2/1/07, James  wrote: H=
ello Jason! It is great to hear from another Bravia owner. AFAIK, the Bravi=
a is the second generation roaster following the original design of the Alp=
enrost. While I agree that the lack of true control of the roast profile is=
 a detraction, I still consider it relatively minor. For me, the "fire and =
forget" design is something that really fits what I want 90% of the time. N=
ever wanted roasting to become a chore or be without fresh roast because I =
didn't get to that part of my priority list of things to do. With this mach=
ine I roast about every other weekend and do four 224g roasts in a single s=
ession. The really nice part is I just dial in a roast level, push a button=
 and let the machine do everything else. It is so complimentary to my inner=
 Geek, to have a pre-programmed machine do all my work for me!
    
  A=
lways ready to share notes with another Bravia owner...
    
  James in=
 Southern CA.
 ----- Original Message ----
From: Jason Turner 
To:  homeroast
Sent: Thursday, F=
ebruary 1, 2007 1:38:15 PM
Subject: Re: +Hello from Western Ky
I'm p=
retty sure the Bravi is the updated Alp from this past summer/fall.   Tom's=
 review is right on.  Great machine but really needs a few things to make i=
t user friendly.  It seems to me that they are missing their core audience =
by making it so "hands-free".  In my limited experience, it seems that anyo=
ne "crazy" enough to get into home roasting their own coffee wants to play =
and experiment.  The Bravi doesn't easily allow for much of that.  On the o=
ther hand, it is roasting great coffee in our 20 degree weather of late and=
 it's ease in getting it started, cleaned up and back inside is welcome at =
that temp. 
Jason 
On 2/1/07, Coffeenut < gotcoffee=
<Snip>
the cold  lurker-land and into the sun! 
     
     I hadn't realized t=
hat Swissmar had come out with something beyond the original Alpenrost desi=
gn.  I still have a working Alp that I use indoors for when it's too rainy =
for me to do a grill-roast.  
     
     Rick
      
              =
  
     From:   homeroast-admin  [mailto:homeroast-=
admin ] On Behalf Of   Jason Turner
  Sent: Thursda=
y, February 01, 2007  1:01 PM
   To: homeroast
  =
 Subject: +Hello from Western Ky
    
     
     I've been following =
the list for a few months now and wanted to introduce myself and say thanks=
 for all the great info.  I started this fall and have moved from a $10 pop=
per, $10 grinder and a Bunn drip machine to a Swissmar Bravi roaster and th=
e other gear listed below.  The Bravi is great, very automatic, but great. =
 I only have about 10 roasts on it so far and I hope to develop some tricks=
 that give me a little more control over the roast. 
  
 My gear list: =
 Rocky Doserless, Bunn A-10 drip, SwissMar Bravi roaster, AeroPress, Bodum =
48oz press pot and a Breville Cafe Roma espresso.  
  
  Thanks again! =
 
  
  Jason  
    
    
      
-- 
Jason Turner =
 
 
    Get your own web address.
 Have a HUGE year through =
 Yahoo! Small Business.
-- 
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