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Topic: Why other methods if you already have an iRoast (4 msgs / 191 lines)
1) From: Kris McN
Hey Dave,
I too started with an iRoast, and while I'll still use it occasionally if
it's too wet outside or I want to do a small batch of decaf, I do most of my
roasting using the BrM/HG method.  Not a bunch of bucks ($5 for the BrM and
$30 for the HG).  I was finding myself frustrated with the iRoast for 3
1. Small batch size - we go through about 1.5 - 2 lbs per week in our house,
I can do all that in one, sometimes two (if I want 2 bean choices for the
week) batches in the BrM/HG, but it's about 6 - 8 batches in the iRoast.
Plus, I'll use almost an entire iRoast batch making a single big press pot.
That doesn't leave many beans left over from a given batch to try over
multiple days rest to see how the flavor changes.  I found this really
2. Muted roasting cues - I didn't feel like I was learning as much about
roasting as I could.  Sure, I programmed in different roast profiles for
different results, but I didn't feel like I could get many of the usual
roasting cues in process (sights, sounds, smells).  The iRoast runs so
differently on the same profile depending on the ambient temperature, how
long since the last roast (how warm the machine still is), and bean volume,
that even after many, many roasts I didn't really feel like I was getting a
handle on what was really going on to get the best from each bean.
C. Control - I really like the on-the-fly control using the HG.  Depending
on how the roast is developing, I can speed it up, slow it down, stretch it,
or compress it.  I don't feel like I have that much control with the iRoast.
Don't get me wrong, the iRoast is nice and I'm glad I have it as a back-up.
And truthfully, I'm not big into handy man thrills (maybe not being a man
and all), and the iRoast let me have great success right out of the box.  I
may have been more reluctant to continue with home roasting if I'd had a
bunch of baked or burnt beans to start with.  But, the bottom line is, I've
learned twice as much about roasting in the time I've been using the BrM/HG,
which is half the time I roasted regularly with the iRoast.
Of course, ultimately, whatever method you use to get fresh-roasted coffee
that you enjoy is the one you should be using.  If the iRoast is working for
you and you're happy, then drink on!
Kris McN
On 6/12/07, David Brown  wrote:

2) From: Aaron
David, im a hard core I roast fan but there are way many other methods 
that are just as good out there, if not better.
If you are a single drinker of coffee, then yep the I roast probably 
will suit your needs, but you will find out as we all have,  sooner or 
later word is going to get out that you roast your own coffee and you 
are going to find yourself roasting for others too, whether it's a gift 
for a relative, a suckup at the office or what, you will be needing more 
and more coffee roasted.
This is where the I roast can hit limitations.   you are not supposed to 
do more than 5 roasts a week in one of them.  at 155 to 160 grams a 
shot, lose your 25% that leaves you with 120 grams after roasting.  A 
good 12 cup coffee pot can eat 60 grams, so that means your one roast 
can give you two potfulls of coffee.
some folks drink a pot a day..... there goes 4 roasts a week leaving you 
half of one and one for the office..... or heavy drinking days.....  
this is stressing your I roast too.
A hot air popper is dirt cheap, a few dollars, and yes you CAN use them 
right out of the box... so to say, without all the geek mods to them and 
they will roast coffee for you, and they can do back to back to back if 
you really want.   id say probably 2 to 3 ounces at a shot, maybe more 
on some models..... if you do burn it up, BFD, spend another two dollars 
and get another one.  A heat gun dog bowl or bread machine works fine 
too... you have more control yourself of the process.  again all these 
can be found pretty cheap in thrift stores, or goto one of the freecycle 
sites and beg for one.
It becomes more than just a tool as you'd look at a can opener to open a 
can of beans, it becomes a passion as folks learn to truly appreciate 
the good coffee they are making and really get into the nuances of it.  
Don't worry, the bug may have not bit you yet, but it will....
and as a last resort, sooner or later your I roast will take a dump on 
you and die... isn't it nice to know there's a very quick and on the 
cheap way to still enjoy good fresh homeroasted coffee?

3) From: raymanowen
" If the iRoast is working for you and you're happy, then drink on!"
EXACTLY my thoughts.
Of course, when it ceases to be working for you and your happiness declines=
the repair part for the BM is not going to cost more than $7.50, top dollar=
The heat gun is built to loosen paint and floor tiles, so should last a
The Brain Donors at one of my large screen printing clients' shops used
their Master HG's as striking devices. W.W.Grainger had brand new ones in
stock, so I inherited the oldies and Op got new ones. The repair parts cost
me a pittance from WWG parts in Chi Town, and I had all 3 as good as new in
nothin' flat.
I didn't know from roasting, and I >gave< all three heat guns to small
printers working out of their basements or garages.
I was tempted to make i roast my roast, but it crossed my mind to make a
roaster of my DAK bread machine. It has a picture window glass dome on top
and a built-in blower.
I've measured up to 470F in normal operation with its internal heater an=
the temperature sensors away from the heat chamber. With the sensors
fastened in place, the temperature is around 360 - 370, more normal f=
baking a bread loaf.
I've wondered what profile I could flash in the microcontroller chip, since
the DAK only draws 750w with its single heater loop and brute motor.
The serious problem is that the pan itself will drain the beans out when
it's bayonetted out of the machine [Try!], and the agitating arm likes to
stay put unless the loaf is baked in the pan and pulls it out. The DAK/
Welbuilts are all similar pan designs, best left alone for the excellent
bread and dough they turn out. Find Osters for Rosters!
Bottom line: For $100, you can equip yourself with two complete 1 pound+
capacity roasters.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Might=
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

4) From: Sandy Andina
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I use a SC/TO for larger (12-16 oz.) batches and those of varietals  
that require slower roasts and more hands-on control of time and  
upper and lower temp.
Sandy Andina
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I use a SC/TO for larger (12-16 =
oz.) batches and those of varietals that require slower roasts and more =
hands-on control of time and upper and lower temp.
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