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Topic: Cooling Beans report (2 msgs / 53 lines)
1) From: Carole Zatz
I've been using the bread machine / heat gun method lately (instead of
my iR2) and have been trying a couple of different ways of cooling the
beans. At first I was dumping them into a colander and then spritzing
them with a couple mists of water and sticking the whole thing into my
freezer. When I took them out about 5 or so minutes later they were
still a little warm (especially in the interior of the mass  as you
would expect). But it worked okay. But for the last few times I tried
a method suggested by someone (sorry, don't remember who exactly  if
it's you, speak up!) on this list. It involved dumping the beans onto
a cookie sheet and they laying that sheet on top of another cookie
sheet with the second acting as a heat sync. What I did was dump them
first into the mesh colander, took them in the house, and then dumped
them onto a full sheet pan (made to fit in professional stoves  I got
it at a restaurant store). I turned the colander over and put another
full sheet pan upside down on the colander and then put the sheet pan
with the beans on top of that. So I had a stack consisting of an
upside down mesh colander, an upside down sheet pan, and the sheet pan
containing the beans. The beans fit mainly in one layer and they
cooled down extremely quickly. Much quicker than in the freezer. And
this was in the nice warm house (not outside in the 15F weather).
So thanks for the tip! I think if I did a larger batch I'd have to
stir it a bit to help it cool but I really like the ease and
efficiency of this method. The heat sync idea was right on. I also
tried it without the bottom sheet pan as an experiment and it didn't
work nearly as well. And I didn't really like putting such a hot item
into the freezer.

2) From: Larry Williams
Thought I would put my 2 cents into the bean cooling.  When I was 
roasting with the Poppery II, I was cooling the beans with an aluminum 
pizza dish that had holes in it.  I would dump the beans from the popper 
on the pan and walk outside to the cool air and move the pan up and down 
to circulate air thru the holes and cool the beans.  It worked great.  
The beans were cooled very quickly.
Larry Williams
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