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Topic: How far did I go? Can one "miss" 1st Crack, but hear 2nd? (5 msgs / 140 lines)
1) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Good evening.  Just roasted my first Nicaraguan sourced beans (received 
a pound as part of the 8 piece sampler):http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.reviewarchive.l-p.html#PacamaraPeaberry-------------------
Roughly 7:15 pm, Ambient 70F, HG/BM (1500W gun)
Batch 1 - 455g green, 366g roasted (-19.6%), ~16 minutes total
Heard three distinct cracks at around 13 min.  Never heard any sort of 
rolling 1st crack. Then smoke started getting heavy and pungent and a 
lot of higher pitched cracking began a little bit beyond 15.5 min. Took 
the heat off, tossed in the strainer for 30 seconds or so to cool & then 
put them on the wide plate and into the freezer on the cooling shelf 
until they felt near room temperature.  Somewhat darker looking that 
prior roasts ... I'm suspecting that 1st Crack was quiet and I really 
did get into 2nd Crack ... in which case I'm at least at Full City, 
probably at Full City+.
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Do those times & descriptions sound about right?  The beans ARE a bit 
darker than my prior roasts, but they don't look oily.  Is it possible 
to not hear First Crack, but to hear Second?  All of the other beans 
I've roasted so far have been into First Crack well before the 13 minute 
time frame http://www.sklenar.info/coffee.html).Have to be honest, sure is nice to do this without freezing my nose off! :)
Would appreciate any thoughts anyone would care to share,
pat----

2) From: Rich M
Yup, sounds like you missed first crack based on the smoke, pungent  
smell and "high-pitched" cracking. What roasting method are you using?
Rich M
On Apr 22, 2007, at 6:57 PM, Patrick R. Sklenar wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Whether intentional or not sounds like a good roast for that very atypical
bean. Does sound like you hit 2nd crack but didn't taken it far beyond start
of 2nd, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing at all roast wise. Not oily a
good indication you didn't take it way too far.
Pacamaras tend to roast a bit differently than most other beans, and
Peaberries tend to roast differently than flat beans from even the same bush
and here you have a Pacamara Peaberry! Generally I believe PBs tend to have
less pronounced 1st crack.
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4) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Rich M wrote:
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Heat gun (Wagner 1500W) and Bread machine (for agitation).  Don't think 
they are typically too loud since I've definitely heard first crack 
quite well in my earlier roasts (different beans).  And I DID hear three 
loud, distinct cracks at about the time I expected first crack ... but 
only heard the three. :)
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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good! :)  now to just deal with waiting a couple of days for it to 
rest!  Guess I'll just have to enjoy the Ethiopian IMV I roasted at the 
end of last week tomorrow (finished up a pound of Kona peaberry this 
morning). :)
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The only other peaberry I've tries so far is a Kona ... I definitely 
heard 1st crack then, but now that you mention it, I do think it may 
have been a little more quiet.
raymanowen wrote:
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hmmmm ... that actually makes sense.  perhaps i'll start doing the same 
thing going forward.  i've just been diving in and roasting a pound at a 
time and finding out after the fact just whether i like what i've 
accomplished or not.
still much to learn. :)
pat----

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
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When it comes to roasting coffee that's an under statement. With 6+ years
home roasting and well over a 1000 roasts under my belt I agree, still much
to learn! 
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first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
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