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1) From: DJ Garcia
I did a couple more Kona Moki's Farm batches, 218 gm this time instead =
of
300. It took about 10:10 minutes for these, about a minute less because =
of
the smaller batch size obviously, but the roast looked the same. Need to
wait until tomorrow to check them out taste wise.
One thing I noticed when I tried to fake the HT into some forced cooling
cycles to get the temp down for the second back-to-back batch, is it =
does
auto-cooling! I don't remember this with the older digital or analog =
panels,
somebody correct me if it was there. When it starts the temp is high, =
the
panel displays "Wait", the fan goes full-on, and stays on until the temp
dips to 163 (pre-heat normally ends at 167 then the loading beeps start,
then the pre-heat cycle begins. Although the fan stops then, the temp =
drops
to about 158 before beginning to come back up. Inertia is tough to avoid =
...
It takes it about 7 minutes to get below the pre-heat threshold, and =
about 2
more to get to the load temp again, so about 9 minutes to get to the =
next
batch load from the end of the previous one. This was leaving the tray =
and
top cover on except to empty the tray, so you would be able to trim it =
down
by removing both until the cool-down ends. But if you figure it takes =
4;30-5
minutes to go through pre-heat, that's really only about 4-5 minutes =
between
batches and all automatic. Pretty cool, pun intended. Or maybe that was
already there? I never really need to do back-to-back batches so I can't
recall.
Anyway both batches seemed pretty well matched in the roast that came =
out
(and to the 300 gm previous batch) and time to first crack (within 10
seconds). I'm really enjoying using this HT much more because of the =
full
info display, plus the tailored profile so far has gotten me better =
tasting
coffee. Is it worth the price? I have no regrets at all, but as always, =
YMMV
...
DJ

2) From: Barry Luterman
One thing I noticed when I tried to fake the HT into some forced cooling
cycles to get the temp down for the second back-to-back batch, is it does
auto-cooling! I don't remember this with the older digital or analog panels,
somebody correct me if it was there.
It was always there. Have been using that feature on my digital for 2 years 
now. Cool isn't it. It's not on the analog model though. Might be another 
reason analog model users might want to upgrade.

3) From: L. Michael Fraley, MD
Hi DJ,
The cooling you describe is pretty much how my Digital Hottop works.  I 
am able to cut the time down some by removing the top, and removing the 
rear filter.  I replace the filter when the fan kicks off.  I have the 
programable upgrade on it's way to me as we speak.
Michael
On Feb 24, 2007, at 5:33 PM, DJ Garcia wrote:
I did a couple more Kona Moki's Farm batches, 218 gm this time instead 
of
300. It took about 10:10 minutes for these, about a minute less because 
of
the smaller batch size obviously, but the roast looked the same. Need to
wait until tomorrow to check them out taste wise.
One thing I noticed when I tried to fake the HT into some forced cooling
cycles to get the temp down for the second back-to-back batch, is it 
does
auto-cooling! I don't remember this with the older digital or analog 
panels,
somebody correct me if it was there. When it starts the temp is high, 
the
panel displays "Wait", the fan goes full-on, and stays on until the temp
dips to 163 (pre-heat normally ends at 167 then the loading beeps start,
then the pre-heat cycle begins. Although the fan stops then, the temp 
drops
to about 158 before beginning to come back up. Inertia is tough to 
avoid ...
It takes it about 7 minutes to get below the pre-heat threshold, and 
about 2
more to get to the load temp again, so about 9 minutes to get to the 
next
batch load from the end of the previous one. This was leaving the tray 
and
top cover on except to empty the tray, so you would be able to trim it 
down
by removing both until the cool-down ends. But if you figure it takes 
4;30-5
minutes to go through pre-heat, that's really only about 4-5 minutes 
between
batches and all automatic. Pretty cool, pun intended. Or maybe that was
already there? I never really need to do back-to-back batches so I can't
recall.
Anyway both batches seemed pretty well matched in the roast that came 
out
(and to the 300 gm previous batch) and time to first crack (within 10
seconds). I'm really enjoying using this HT much more because of the 
full
info display, plus the tailored profile so far has gotten me better 
tasting
coffee. Is it worth the price? I have no regrets at all, but as always, 
YMMV
...
DJ


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