This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Right now, I roast with a hot air popper. The small roast sizes are a little tiring. I've thought about moving to a HG/DB setup but beyond the larger roasts, are there any other advantages to a heat gun over a popper? Any disadvantages? And, how large of a roast is typical with a HG/DB? Thanks. Paul
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Messagesimple control & repeatable roasts that are roasted through & through. = *unmodified* poppers tend to roast fast and hot. Bob ~ Parker dedicated HG/BM 2lb roaster lover.
The wife came out and asked what I was doing with her bread machine..... Told her I was making coffee bread?? She just gave me the deer in the headlights look and walked a way! I am very impressed with this set up, was using a turbo oven top and stir crazy before this beats that set up hands down! What you want is a bread machine with a metal stirring paddle not hard to find and every thrift store and good will have bread machines in them by the ton. I use a Wagner hot air gun not very expensive sells for abut 20 bucks but can kick out about 1000 or so degrees I start with a pound of beans in the bread machine and its set on the dough setting fire up the heat gun and stick it in the machine I keep it directed away from the center and more at the beans the bread machine spins the beans much faster than the stir crazy which is great you have a much better more even roast of the beans I watch and listen for the first crack and let it finish until I here one or 2 beans of the second crack pop and off it comes and into the small shop vac and 5 gallon pail with a stainless drilled bottom and a weather gasket seal around the bowl the hose from the shop vac is in the body of the pail about 4 inches up from the bottom makes a wonderful bean cooler and when beans are cool I pull it out and vacuum up the chaff that fly's out of the bread maker and vacuum out the cooled bread machine chaff is the only real pain in the butt to vacuum up but the beans turn out super nice even color and with enough light shinning into the bread maker you can pull them at just the right color that you like I hope this helps and you can Google bread machine coffee roaster and find lots of hits and pictures of them in action even some on xtube Good luck I roast about a pound at a time but I know this set up can do a pound and a half easy if you want it to. Ray pilgrim
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. MessagePaul, I love my hg/db. I used poppers for awhile but they roasted way too = fast. Then I started the hg/dg and could roast half lbs at a time and = could extend the roast and develop the beans better. Go for it. It's = cheap, fun and you'll really bond with the beans. :) Julie
You may want to look at my HG/BM FAQ: http://coffeecrone.com/roasting/faq.htmI can do 2 lb in my bread machine, but find that roasts get a bit uneven when the batch is that large. I generally roast .75-1.25 pounds. I have occasionally done a 1/2 pound roast--and that works well in my machine too. Some bread machines seem to toss smaller batches right out of the bread pan. The advantages I have found are the intimacy (odd word, but true) of the roasting experience and the ability to control things like the time to 1st crack, the interval between 1st and second etc. Vicki Paul Martin wrote: <Snip>
Just one more thing- This is Exactly the right time of year to scour the thrift stores for bread machines. [Made a Great Gift] Get two- that way you'll always have the needed spare part on hand, no installation necessary, and it will have cost you, maybe, $7.50. Fresh baked bread loaves are one thing. Make the bread dough with fresh ground Hard Red Wheat [grind right into your mixing bowl], and it's outta this world, both nutritionally and flavor wise! Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa! Try it, you'll like it... On Jan 1, 2008 4:43 PM, Vicki Smith wrote: <Snip>