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Topic: Hottop Upgrade Received and Applied ... (3 msgs / 199 lines)
1) From: DJ Garcia
I got the upgrade kit today to my surprise. Everything went as might be
expected, no problems as such. I needed to remove some of the terminals =
with
needle nose pliers, as they were quite tight (to be expected after =
three+
years of getting cooked). The parts looked fine - no shoddy workmanship,
neat solder joints.
While I was at it I was going to change the temp sensor, since I had =
gotten
a new one some time ago when I thought I had a bad one, which was not =
the
case. But on inspection I saw I would have to remove the motor assembly =
to
get to it, so I left well enough alone.
Spent about two hours doing the upgrade, and took time to give it a good
cleaning. My worst part was snapping the danged panel in. I'm a real wus
when it comes to forcing things. I finally saw that using a screwdriver =
to
push the locking tabs in the panel in as you pushed the panel in was a =
big
help in getting them to go in gently.
Plugged it in, it beeped and was ready to go. I did notice they had
assembled the LCD panel with the original protective sheet they always =
get
delivered with from the manufacturer, which would be fine except the LCD
goes behind a real plastic protective window in the HT panel assembly, =
so
it's not needed and it probably gets removed normally. You could see =
some
air bubbles when it was lit. I disassembled the panel (4 screws in the =
back)
peeled it off and reassembled it. 1 minute, no problem :-). Other than =
that,
no surprises.
Frankly I found the interface about as simple as you could get it given =
the
constraints of the device layout. I didn't find anything irritating.
annoying or illogical, and quickly got the hang. I think they did some =
nice
research. Perfect? Nothing is, but I'm not disappointed at all. I =
thought it
was well thought out. For example I do wish you could see the time the
edited segment was starting - the display shows you the current total =
time
for the program, which is useful of course. Maybe they could alternate
showing segment start and total time, as the segment start will always =
be
less than the total time and easily distinguishable.
Well, my first profile was totally unresearched, uneducated and probably =
off
the wall. I took the basic HT profile and slashed here & added there to =
get
a quicker ramp up.  Understand I'm really uneducated when it comes to =
actual
profiles. I did my first roast.
I used a really good bean I know so I could make a real comparison. OK, =
I
got my desired quicker ramp up - I loaded at 250 deg F and hit first =
crack
in just over 11 minutes past loading instead of my usual 15 min or so =
... :0
... I ejected 1:45 min after first crack for I would guess a City+ =
roast.
The roast smelled and looks good, but God knows what it's going to taste
like! I'll find out tomorrow.
I really like the full information display - no more hitting a button to =
get
the current temp! I do wish they could show the active segment's target =
temp
in numbers - they do show a bar graph for each segment. Obviously there =
will
be a learning curve for the profiles, but I found the mechanics easy =
enough
to manage.
No, it's not Jeffrey Pawlan's Hottop, nowhere near, but the price for me =
was
right to get some profiling functionality to play with, with minimum =
fuss
and expenditure. Plus even in full auto I get a more convenient =
interface
and better information display.
I'm a happy camper as I wreak havoc in my first few self-profiled =
roasts.
Cheers!

2) From: Barry Luterman
Keep the info coming. Wish Tom would get his and review it for us.Need 
another poker game before I take the plunge.

3) From: raymanowen
The Place of Fabled Heat will be frozen over before I abandon the HG/DB or-
soon- HG/BM for 1lb and smaller roasts. The F/R is very flexible and it
might see further use if I need to cook up some mini samples.
I rolled Sevens in the HG/DB with 400g of Brazil Fazenda Ipanema this
morning. I've finally gotten my Panamas down to the 8# level in the pantry.
There's only 3# in 1 bag of the Brazil F. Ipanema left now, and I really
appreciate the differences between the two coffees after hanging out with
the Panamas since the blizzards first took aim on us starting 21 Dec 06!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"The indisputable truth is that no coffee is fresh if it isn't fresh
roasted." - - Martin Diedrich


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