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Topic: HG/Wok Method Test (2 msgs / 108 lines)
1) From: Larry Williams
All
Bought a Wagner HG for $25 at the True Value in Lockeford CA.  Set-up 
the wok on the Electric Jennair stove (a special burner mounts on the 
Jennair that holds the wok).  Fan on.  Set the heat to Medium and put in 
the first batch 1/2 cup Colombian beans.  Hit the beans immediately with 
the hi heat setting from the HG and stirred.  Didn't time the roast.  
The beans heated nicely, but I noticed that they were different shades 
of tan to brown.  I continued to roast thru the 1st crack and into the 
second.  Some beans were much darker than I am used to, but generally 
the batch was typical  for me (City+). 
My second batch was larger, about 3/4 cup.  I set the cooktop heat to 
med and heated the beans without the HG for about 5 min.  Probably could 
have used a higher heat.  The beans were starting to change color and I 
was stirring fairly briskly.  Stopping every few minutes to sip my 
Chardonnay.  Very important part of roasting in the evening.  I hit the 
batch with the HG on high and soon hit the first crack and continued 
until the batch went into the second.  The color was dark enough and oil 
was starting to show.  I cooled the beans on my holey pizza pan and 
bagged it.  Will rest the batch for a few days let you know how it 
turned out. 
The chard was a little messy, but not an issue.
The process was more work than the IR2, but certainly more fun.  Can't 
wait to try it again.
Larry
Wallace CA
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2) From: Tom Ulmer
It sounds like you found success. For me there is a liberating feeling about
watching chaff blowing in the wind as housekeeping duties that fall under
air conditioning are not in my domain. Enjoying late-harvest Rieslings while
roasting would be greatly diminished indoors.


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