HomeRoast Digest


Topic: Better roasts from the GC (2 msgs / 44 lines)
1) From: Frank Parth
One of my complaints about the GeneCafe was that I was never able to hear first crack. Second crack, yes, kind of. But never first crack. 
Based on a suggestion from Ed, instead of starting with the temp set to 482 and then backing down to 456 to finish, I started at 320 for 5 minutes (or so), went to 425 for another 5 minutes, then ramped up to 460 to finish. NOW I can hear both first and second crack. 
Another lista suggested that the green beans are so hard and dense that the noise they make in the heating chamber just drowns out first crack. Since I'm now drying out the beans before I get to first crack and they're lighter and less dense, I can actually hear first crack now as well as second crack. 
Sometimes I make progress in small steps, but every step forward is a good step.
Frank Parth

2) From: Kevin
Frank,
You're on the right track with the GC.  I roast with the GC (moved
there from an iRoast 1) and love it!  check out my blog below (in
signature) for reference material.  I log all my roast profiles and
the results (when 1st crack, when 2nd occured, etc).  I have no
problem hearing both cracks over the GC and an exhaust desk fan.  You
may find the blogs useful.  I recently used Eddie Dove's blog
http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/)to reference a Decaf
roast when I has having trouble (always overcooking the decafs,
blakch!) and his blog got me where I needed to go.  Now I can
consistently roast a good decaf (Eddie, yet again, thank you) and my
wife thanks me for it.   I have 5lbs of unleaded arriving via Harvey
today.
Drinking the Misty Valley on 2 days rest this morning and it's just
amazing.  What a special bean...
-- 
My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin


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