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Topic: Pigpen reborn (2 msgs / 64 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
So, after spending an inordinate amount of time on my day off doing all 
things coffee, I can honestly report that I am a happy home roaster this AM.
MiKe guilted me via telepathy.net into opening up my Rocky again and 
removing the bottom burr (it wasn't all that bad) to complete the 
cleaning the right way. I put a new cartridge in my Brita pitcher (ok, 
so I do that every three weeks anyway), and today is day four for my 
Moka Kadhir. It seems to be the perfect combination of factors that 
together make for amazing KMB coffee.
That said, if anyone had walked into my house yesterday afternoon and 
taken a gander at me covered with stale coffee grounds, with a head full 
of chaff from the roasting I also did, they might have called for the 
men in the white coasts and carried me off.
Was it worth it? Hell yes.
Vicki

2) From: Justin Marquez
I spent most of the afternoon yesterday messing with roasting stuff. I
bought one of those round flour sifter thingies and reworked my colling
setup completely. Now I am most happy with it.  The sifter is 12" round and
about 3" deep with solid sides and a 1/32" mesh bottom screen. I bought it
for about $28 (incl shipping). I bought a new plastic storage bin for about
$9 at Wally-world. It is about 18 in. wide, by about 2.5 ft long and a foot
or so deep. Yeah - it's a big 'un. I put the hole in the lid near one end
and cut the hole for the blower on the end of the body.
I am using the leaf blower on the outside blowing in - this removes the
chaff well. The blower has enough flow rate and head capabilities that it
does tend to blow a bean or two out, so I use one of the heat-resistant
gloves to lay across the air inlet for the blower to throttle the intake and
modulate the flow. This brings it easily under control.  It cools a 1-lb
batch to "near ambient" quickly - maybe 2 minutes.
The flour sifter works better then my previous try using a sink strainer,
since the sifter has solid sides and less air bypasses the beans being
cooled. The larger bin helps to tame the turbulence that makes the flow
across the beans uneven.  I was using the blower on one end and the lid
turned so that the sifter was on the opposing end.  I will try it next time
with the sifter on the same end as the blower inlet.
I roasted 3 1-lb batches yesterday to test the cooling setup, to
re-familiarize myself with the RK drum, to reduce my stash of older coffees
(gifting some folks with some of it) and to reinforce my own roasted supply.
Last week I found about a 1/3 # of the last available Gesha Esmeralda in my
stash when I was digging out the Kona and Aussie coffees to roast for my
sister's birthday gift.  (NO - she didn't get the Gesha. YES - I am
selfish.) We had Aeropress Gesha for the 4th. It is still a *WOW* coffee.
Next time, I will work on 2# batches and see how the cooler handles that.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
On 7/5/07, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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