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Topic: HG/BM winter roasting (12 msgs / 276 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
Although there are a number of HG/BM roasters on the list, many folks 
are new to it and may not have done much winter roasting. While I don't 
expect that many people will roast in the cold temperatures I 
experience, I thought it might help to give some pointers.
1) Bread machines don't operate when they are very cold. You will get 
some sort of frustrating non-response. The solution is easy, warm your 
pan with the heat gun for a moment or two inside of the bread machine 
housing and you will be golden. My bread machine lived in my very cold 
unheated garage without a problem.
2) You may want to keep your heat gun inside between roasts. I didn't, 
but I'm wondering if it might be better to bring it in this year--poor 
thing works hard, why stress it further.
3) Don't go for bigger roasts because you are trying to avoid standing 
out in the cold. Most machines seem to have a sweet spot in terms of 
getting a nice even roast, and this does not change just because it's 
cold outside.
4) Dress appropriately. I have a snowmobile suit, but where I live, 
everyone seems to have those. I routinely roast at -20 C (which is 
pretty impressive sounding) and occasionally at -30 C (which is actually 
impressive).
Enjoy!!
vicki

2) From: James Raven
You're a real trooper Vicki, roasting in that kind of cold temps, must be a=
 real big monkey on your coffee back  :-)   All The Best,
Jim
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3) From: Brett Mason
We all want to see Vicki roasting this winter!
B
On 11/7/07, James Raven  wrote:
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4) From: Vicki Smith
Sure sure Brett. you just want to see the monkey.
vicki
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5) From: James Raven
sorry for the "Monkey" analogy Vicki, it was not meant to harm.
Enjoy your temps and roasting.
Have A Special Day.
james
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6) From: James Raven
sorry for the "Monkey" analogy Vicki, it was not meant to harm.
Enjoy your temps and roasting.
Have A Special Day.
james
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7) From: raymanowen
"sorry for the "Monkey" analogy..."
Why? Maybe that's what she roasts...
Let me tell you- It's over 70 F here in the 'burbs of Denver town, and I
really appreciate the 14g lots of Liquid Amber I stored in Ziploc sandwich
baggies. I roasted just to rolling 2nd Crack, shy of the desired Vienna. Th=
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beans were just dark brown and dry after I panicked and stopped the roast.
A quick first shot in my Capresso Luxe thingy confirmed there was nothing
rong with that roast. Ground at 20 in the BUFF grinder and a joy stick tamp
at about 15 pounds force made for a good shot, according to my in-house
Celtic Critic.
Advance token to First Light this morning- Next to last of the second batch
of 14g bean lots. BUFF set to grind at 22, and a trick to boost the
effective heater power of the tombstone Capresso.
When I use filtered cold tap water in the 1L reservoir tank, no amount of
temperature surfing will maintain brew temperature using that cold water
through the wimpy heater block. It just can't heat a shot of 50 water to
200 F during a 25 second brew period.
I fill the reservoir to 3/4 full with cold water and top it off with boilin=
g
water from the teapot. Now the reservoir is full of ~75 F water, and the
heater only has to gain 125 near the end of the shot. I start the brew n=
ear
the end of one of the heating cycles, and it turns off near the end of the
brew.
My low force joystick packing wobble works well with a 22 grind. After a 5
second pre-infusion, the glorious crema streams were dark honey brown this
morning.
I respectfully decline to evaluate the shot, on the grounds that my prose
could tend to be self-serving. It started out GREAT and  got better and
creamier as it sat. Mine, all mine!
*Joy of Joys*- Tom's L-A roast left Sparks, NV, yessterday afternoon. I'll
be waiting!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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8) From: Vicki Smith
I wasn't in the least offended. Brett, who I consider a friend, even 
though we have yet to meet in person, was (I suspect) building on an 
earlier post in which I mentioned roasting in my garage in my nightgown.
And even though we haven't yet met, I know his devious and quirky mind 
well enough to imagine that he was picturing the nightgown-monkey 
combination and laughing his head off.
One of the things Brett and I have in common is that we both have very 
patient spouses. In fact, getting the two of them together might be the 
death knell of our more bizarre roasting adventures.
v
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9) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Hey count me in on the non-coffee drinking VERY patient and supportive
spouse!
Dennis

10) From: Frank Awbrey
Me three.
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11) From: James Raven
Just hava Great Day / Evening Vicki and enjoy your chilly roasting  :-)
I also would like to meet Brett in person someday and experience his deviou=
s nature and maybe a ride in his 928.  I'm glad you understood my reference=
 of "Monkey" on your back, my own just keeps getting bigger with the more c=
offees I try and experience. 
PEACE
james
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12) From: raymanowen
"Hey count me in on the non-coffee drinking VERY patient and supportive
spouse!"
"Me three."
Fore! My Celtic Critic gave me "thumbs up" on a 96 lb Mahlkoenig grinder. I
had visions of ordering a three phase model until I studied the Mazzer on an
eBay  "Heads-Up" from miKe saved me a whole bunch of Wampum, and I realized
the Major has a dizzying array of resettable grind pitches.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Nov 8, 2007 4:48 PM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) 
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