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Topic: Alpenrost machine (5 msgs / 153 lines)
1) From: Jim Farris
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    This week I got (and dearly love already) my new Hot Top roaster and =
just gave my old, old Alpenrost to a friend to get her started in home =
roasting.
    I've had my old Alpenrost forever, have cleansed it after each use =
and have babied it into a lot longer life than I'd have dreamed =
possible.
    My old problem is that to acquire a roast of 8 ounces to a darkness =
that used to require an 8 minute setting, I now have to use the full 15 =
minute setting and for an even darker roast have to only use 7 5/8 =
ounces of green bean.
    I think if I could buy a new drum not coated in old coffee oils it =
would help, but I can't find any such drum available.  And I'm not sure =
that would suffice as the rest of the unit is similarly encrusted.
    Anyone know where to buy a replacement drum or have any other =
suggestions.
    If I can make it last another year, I'll have my friend hooked on =
home roasting and she'll be glad to buy her own Hot Top.

2) From: Homeroaster
If the drum is stainless, make a large pot of water and espresso machine 
cleaner.  It will take all the coffee off overnight.  I'm not sure that's 
your problem though.  I'm wondering if you're not losing heat somewhere or 
if your heating element is what is failing somehow.  Maybe the electric to 
he element is being reduced somehow.
Of course the reflectivity would affect the reflection or absorption of 
heat, but what you are describing is much more than the coating on a drum 
could account for.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

3) From: Craig Andrews
Hi Jim, take out the drum & clean the Alp drum with a product like Eas-Off 
oven cleaner., that'll take ALL the baked on coffee oils off. Search also in 
the Myers searchable Data base on how to adjust an Alpenrost that's running 
too cool. Search terms "Alpenrost too cool", without the quotation marks., 
same on the Coffeegeek forums also under my handle CraigA.
Oh heck, here it is: http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/6348#6348Cheers,
Craig.
Jim Farris Said: This week I got (and dearly love already) my new Hot Top 
roaster and  just gave my old, old Alpenrost to a friend to get her started 
in home roasting.
I've had my old Alpenrost forever, have cleansed it after each use and have 
babied it into a lot longer life than I'd have dreamed possible.
My old problem is that to acquire a roast of 8 ounces to a darkness that 
used to require an 8 minute setting, I now have to use the full 15 minute 
setting and for an even darker roast have to only use 7 5/8 ounces of green 
bean.
I think if I could buy a new drum not coated in old coffee oils it would 
help, but I can't find any such drum available.  And I'm not sure that would 
suffice as the rest of the unit is similarly encrusted.
Anyone know where to buy a replacement drum or have any other suggestions.
If I can make it last another year, I'll have my friend hooked on home 
roasting and she'll be glad to buy her own Hot Top.

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
Jim,
A possible solution (or a little help at least) is to make sure that
all the shiny stainless steel pieces on the internal are real clean
and shiny.  A lot of the energy during the roast is lost if these
surfaces aren't reflective.  'Simply Green' does a good job of
cleaning them (works on the drum also).  I inherited a fully
functional Alp a few years ago and after restoring the internal
surfaces to fully reflective cleanliness....it roasted like a brand
new unit.
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Kathleen Tinkel
You should probably take the Alp (carefully) apart and clean it well. 
The drum and the metal cowl that surrounds it (attached to the arched 
top) can go into the dishwasher; that does a pretty good job of 
cleaning (and you can finish the job by hand). A toothbrush and some 
form of cleaner (even a paste of dishwasher detergent) can clean up 
the doors and hinges.
But also get into the fan compartment. A couple of years ago my Alp 
failed and when we opened it up, we found the fan and its motor 
completely surrounded by packed chaff. We vacuumed it out, and then 
with the aid of good people here discovered that a sensor or 
thermometer had failed; got a three-dollar replacement at Radio 
Shack, and the thing worked for another year with no problem. (You 
should be able to search in this list for the thread that explained 
all that and provided details.)
If all that fails, you may need more sophisticated help, but at least 
the machine will be clean, which does make some difference in 
performance. (I ran the drum through the dishwasher every 6 or 8 
roasts and the cowl on top whenever it began to gunk up.)
-- Kathleen
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