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Topic: tip for cleaning IR2 (42 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
This has probably been mentioned, but I didn't see it in the 
archives, which could just be how fast I scanned them:)
I spend longer cleaning my machine after a roast than I do actually 
roasting and cooling down the beans.  There are so many places for 
the oils to hide, build up and just get gunky.  So, out come the 
sponges, brushes, paper towels and so on.  But, there can also be 
bits of chaff that hide all over.  To get to these places where I 
just can't reach with brush nor finger, I use a can of compressed air 
used for computers and other electronics.  It blows out stuff even 
after I have cleaned the machine as well as possible, or so I thought.
I even, occasionally, let it flow on the top screen until it is frost 
covered, then with a strong/stiff tooth brush I scrape, even after 
washing in hot water, and more gunk comes off, it freezes and breaks off.
I am still amazed at how much stuff gets in the machine and all of 
the parts and I am tired of cutting my hands on all of the sharp 
little pieces that can be found on the machine - which I love (the 
machine, not the cuts).  Just thought I would share this in case in 
hadn't been tried by some.  It does make a difference and the better 
I care for the machine I am hoping the more roasts I get from 
it.  And I don't consider the cleaning of the bean a chore.  I love 
roasting so much that it is just part of it.  Plus, I snack on some 
just roasted beans as I go about this ordeal - a caffeine hit with 
great tasting (most of the time) beans.
I feel there is a lot to this little machine and a lot I can learn 
about roasting and beans, so it is important that I care for it so it 
gives me the best roasts possible, which lets me know if it is my 
profile which is incorrect and not a dirty machine.
Just my thoughts.
Stephen


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