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Topic: HG/DB roasting (12 msgs / 218 lines)
1) From: Darliene Stanhope
I don't post too much, but I do enjoy reading the posts.
I have been roasting for about almost 2 yrs.  I started out with a
Freshroast which I liked a lot, but as I got into the roasting I found that
I needed a larger roasting container.  I looked at the IRoast 2, and the
Nesco.  For various reasons I decided against either of those.  I then
started reading up on the HG/DB.  I decided to give it a try.  I have been
roasting with it for a month and am getting better every time I roast.  The
biggest problem I had was getting the beans to an even color without burning
up some of the beans.  I am finding that I am enjoying roasting more now as
I have more control over the roast than I did with the Freshroast.  This
morning when I drank my coffee I experienced coffee nirvana.  I had roasted
the last of my Kenya Gethumbwini Peaberry and waited 5 days before drinking
any.  It is the first time since I started the HG/DB roasting that I have
had a cup of coffee that good.  My first few times roasting with this
technique did not result in that great a cup of coffee.  Still much better
than anything you can buy that is commercially available, but not as good as
my Freshroast.
Darliene

2) From: Larry Johnson
My experience was almost opposite. I started with a Freshroast, then an
iRoast2, then BM/HG. Each one was better than the one before, IMO. But
that's why there are different methods; so everyone can find the one best
for them, I suppose.
On 5/2/07, Darliene Stanhope  wrote:
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Larry J
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3) From: raymanowen
I agree, "...that's why there are different methods; so everyone can find
the one best for them, I suppose."
There's probably a method or a machine that has yet to be abused for the
benefit of the bean.
How about a Garrard automatic record turntable?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things. - -R. Buckminster Fuller

4) From: Darliene Stanhope
My biggest problem learning to roast in a dog bowl is the fact that I was
not stirring enough or in the right way that worked for my particular
situation.  I would have blonde moments (I am a blonde)  and forget to stir
for a few seconds and would scorch some of the beans.  My Kenya Gethumbwini
was even better this evening after dinner.  I hope I have turned the corner
and am on my way to being consistent in roasting excellent coffee.
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5) From: raymanowen
"...forget to stir for a few seconds and would scorch some of the beans."
Me, too! Hence, the bread machine. -ro
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6) From: Julie Tieszen
I'm new at dog bowl roasting. I've only roasted maybe 15-20 batches. But I only stir in the beginning when the beans are heavier. After about 3 minutes I just shake the bowl back and forth real fast, stop, run the gun all over the top, then shake, then stop. But all very fast. I don't know if that's the "right" way, but it seems to work for me. I hit 1st crack around 8-9 min and then second around 12-13. (Although I'm trying to extend that time between 1st and 2nd.) My bean are always evenly roasted and taste quite good. Nobody every told me how to roast HG/DB. It's just what logically worked for me. 
Julie
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From: Darliene Stanhope 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 11:15:50 PM
Subject: Re: +HG/DB roasting
My biggest problem learning to roast in a dog bowl is the fact that I was not stirring enough or in the right way that worked for my particular situation.  I would have blonde moments (I am a blonde)  and forget to stir for a few seconds and would scorch some of the beans.  My Kenya Gethumbwini was even better this evening after dinner.  I hope I have turned the corner and am on my way to being consistent in roasting excellent coffee. 
On 5/2/07, raymanowen  wrote:
I agree, "...that's why there are different methods; so everyone can find the one best for them, I suppose."
There's probably a method or a machine that has yet to be abused for the benefit of the bean.
How about a Garrard automatic record turntable?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
People should think things out fresh and
not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
- -R. Buckminster Fuller

7) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 5/2/07, Darliene Stanhope  wrote:
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Darliene,
I am wondering whether your heatgun may be underpowered.  It reminds me of
when I first started with HG/DB roasting with an inexpensive heat gun. Do
you have to put the heat gun just an inch or two from the beans? If so, it
could be that a heat gun with more oomph might put out enough heat that you
could hold it farther away from the beans, so that heat transfer would be a
bit more generalized, and less apt to scorch just a few beans while the
others stayed green. My lower-powered heat gun worked ok, and I still have
it in reserve, but roasting is much more relaxed with the more powerful heat
gun.
Brian

8) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 5/2/07, Darliene Stanhope  wrote:
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I can relate. I have some Brian moments (I am Brian)....
Brian

9) From: jim gundlach
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On May 3, 2007, at 12:46 PM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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    Get one in the 1500 to 1750 watt range.
       Pecan Jim
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10) From: Darliene Stanhope
My heat gun does not have that much wattage.  I will have to get one that is
in that range.
I was beginning to think I was just not cut out for the HG/DB method.  I
have mastered camp stove/skillet roasting and had even considered going back
to that method.
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11) From: Mike Chester
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12) From: an iconoclast
On 5/3/07, Darliene Stanhope  wrote:
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Try combining both. We roast in mesh strainer in a dog bowl on top of
the side burner of my BBQ.  We hang the HG off the side of the BBQ
pointing into the bowl.  It works great especially for large batches.
We always roast 2 lbs of greens at a time.  You notice I now say "WE".
 My husband has basically taken over the roasting and is doing an
excellent job. I think we're going to have to go to a drum to cut down
on the amount of time we roast.
Soon....
Take care,
Ann
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