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Topic: =?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Re:_First_City+_Roast_=96_Misty_Valley?= (6 msgs / 159 lines)
1) From: Carole Zatz
On 2/3/07, Vicki Smith  wrote:
Thanks for the tips. My big problem is that I only have one outlet in
the back so I'm very limited in where I do the roasting. I think the
cart will work well. I could just move it out of the way when I'm not
using it. I'd have to pick up a grill cover that doesn't have mesh in
it (my Weber grill cover does). I like the idea of a box fan blowing
all the chaff away (although there hasn't been much left after the
roast is finished). I could just put the strainer on top of it.
Doesn't the wet still get into the electical bits of the bread maker and fa=
I have a leaf blower and it's way too strong  you'd have to put the
beans in a closed mesh of some type. But I'll do some nosing around
and see if I can find anything on it. I now have 3 bread makers (!):
my original small Panasonic which ran 10 minutes but didn't like to be
restarted/reset to run longer (and this is after the thermostat
removal); the second, used, larger Panasonic which threw half the
beans out of the bread mixing bowl; and my new Sunbeam which arrived
from Amazon with free shipping in less than 24 hours. It works great
.... runs long enough and then some. I've using the Sunbeam now, of
Maybe in the summer I could just put the strainer of hot beans on my
air conditioner condenser :).

2) From: Tim Smith
 Do you have a few cookie sheets that you could use to dump the beans and
spread them out?  That's all I've been doing recently and it works like a
charm...definitely under 5 minutes to room temp.
I've been dumping it into a large metal strainer, spritzing it with a

3) From: Carole Zatz
On 2/3/07, Tim Smith  wrote:
Actually, I have a giant full sheet pan  like for a professional oven
 that would work great. Definitely could spread out all of the beans
on that. Good idea!

4) From: L. Michael Fraley, MD
I have heard of people using an upside down cookie sheet to place their =
laptop on.  It apparently creates a heat sink.  Maybe in this case you =
could put 2 cookie sheets, one on top of the other... with the bottom 
one being upside down to create the heat sink.  And with the top one 
being right side up, there would still be a lip to hold the beans in.
On Feb 3, 2007, at 9:39 PM, Carole Zatz wrote:
On 2/3/07, Tim Smith  wrote:
Actually, I have a giant full sheet pan  like for a professional oven
 that would work great. Definitely could spread out all of the beans
on that. Good idea!

5) From: Michael Wade
Does your heat gun have a cool setting?
I'm doing HG/DB, but in a large strainer inside the dog bowl.  When the 
roast is finished, I flip the heat gun switch to cool and pour the beans 
back and forth from the strainer to a collander a couple of times while 
playing the airstream over the beans to separate the last of the chaff. 
Then with the beans back in the strainer, I set the gun upside down and hold 
the strainer full of beans in contact with the nozzle, forcing cool air up 
through the beans for a minute or two.  This gets them down to 140 or so, 
cool enough to set them in a flat bottomed strainer on a cooling rack to let 
them finish cooling to room temp while I start my next batch.
There's no "right" way to do it, just whatever works for you.
Michael Wade

6) From: Carole Zatz
On 2/4/07, Michael Wade  wrote:
No 'cool' setting  I went for the cheap 2-speed one at Home Depot.
When this one no longer works, I'll go for a better one. But the
1200watt one I have now seems to be roasting fine.
Next, I think I'll try the cookie sheet approach. I also have a large
marble pastry board that I could use in the kitchen. I'm going to give
them all a try! Maybe the cookie sheet on the marble :)
The one thing I really like about the bread machine / heat gun
approach is that the chaff seems to be all floating up and out. I
hoping this isn't something that's going to go away when the weather
warms up. As the hot air rises, it takes the chaff with it.

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