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Topic: dry beans (15 msgs / 255 lines)
1) From: Bill
As I probably mention ad nauseum, I roast in Cheyenne.  Most of my concerns
center around altitude and wind, but I was wondering something the other day
based on some discussions on the list.  Cheyenne is also a very dry place,
especially in the wintertime.  I have a goodly stash of green beans, all of
them in cotton or burlap bags.  Relative humidity around here is generally
25% or so... I know that green beans store best in cooler temps, out of
sunlight, with moderate humidity.  And we only have a few weeks of moderate
humidity.  The rest of the time it's dry.  So I think I have two questions:
1.  How long does it take for this type of dryness to adversely affect green
beans?  2.  Any ways to counter this problem?  I appreciate any input!Bill

2) From: Edward Bourgeois
Bill You could try getting some accurate weights when beans arrive and
monitoring their weight. I have both situations very dry most of
winter with spells of horrible dampness the rest of he year. The only
way I can stash anything is to foodsaver vacuum pack in canning jars.
On Jan 25, 2008 6:12 PM, Bill  wrote:

3) From: Bob
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Living in Parker CO, we also have low humidity ~ right now it's hovering =
around 28%. I found a couple of articles that might interest you and a =
potential solution.
From a German cargo transportation site concerning coffee storage:http://www.sweetmarias.com/green.coffee.issues.htmlAnd lastly the potential solution:">http://www.tis-gdv.de/tis_e/ware/genuss/kaffee/kaffee.htm#feuchteFrom Sweet Marias:http://www.sweetmarias.com/green.coffee.issues.htmlAnd lastly the potential solution:
A home made humidorhttp://www.igtc.com/~pmm/tupperdor.htmlYes, I built the humidor, I put a few pounds in and let them come to 60% =
humidity (after a couple of weeks) ~ the results were louder cracks and =
less shrinkage in the final weight. I did not see a major jump in the =
cup, but that could easily have been my palate. More experimintation to =
Bob in the high desert that is Parker CO.

4) From: John Brown
my that is a bit high in the humidity department there.
my house is in the south east side of Tucson at 2915 feet of altitude.
normal humidity is somewhere around the 10% level.
Bill wrote:

5) From: Bill
That looks great!  I had missed that article on the SM website, and the
humidor looks like a great idea...plus, it seems like an excellent way to
store greens, too.  One of the keys seems to be stable temp and
humidity...which a cooler would definitely provide.
Any issues arising from drying out your green beans?  Like my original post
said, conventional wisdom indicates that greens should have moderate
humidity...something that parker, cheyenne, nor tucson can provide.
Any other thoughts out there?  Keep em coming!
On Jan 25, 2008 10:00 PM, John Brown  wrote:

6) From: Sean Cary
One of my other "passions" is cigars - I have...well LOTS of them.  Rather
then go the humidor route, many cigar nuts such as my self go the Coolerdor
route - or using a large cooler.  I have a 100qt and 68 qt currently with
soap dish/flower foam for humistats.  I use a 50/50 Propylene
Glycol/Distilled water mix in the soap dish.
My Coolerdors sit at 65-70% - constant with very little upkeep required...
Single digit midget as of this week...
On Jan 26, 2008 8:11 AM, Bill  wrote:
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori

7) From: Brett Mason
Where will you be once you get back to the states?
Would be great to shake your hand and share some brew...
On Jan 25, 2008 11:16 PM, Sean Cary  wrote:

8) From: Bill
Congrats on the ever-decreasing numbers.  Way excited for you to go home!
 Yeah, one of Bob's links was to a DIY "coolerdor"... I had never heard of
that/thought of that... but seems a great way to go.  So thanks for the
thumbs up for Bob's suggestion.  Seriously, though... a 100qt and a 68qt?
 That's a SERIOUS cigar stash...
Take it easy
On Jan 25, 2008 10:16 PM, Sean Cary  wrote:

9) From: Sean Cary
Back to the new house I have never really lived in - in the wonderful
cultural mecca that is Jacksonville North Carolina - which has been in the
news lately with the killing of that Marine and her baby...
Highlights of Camp Lejeune include, mud bogs, tractor pulls and an amazing
array of topless entertainment establishments with more tattoo parlors then
gas stations!  We have a higher tattoo parlor ratio than anywhere I have
ever been!
Lived in Iraq longer then I have lived there!
On Jan 26, 2008 8:20 AM, Brett Mason  wrote:
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori

10) From: Sean Cary
lol...  I had TWO 68qt coolers until this deployment.  Had the wife box up
the contents of one and send it here.  The Chaplain took them with him
during Christmas masses and gave them to the Marines outside the wire doing
the real work here...
My primary weapon is Outlook and PowerPoint - they do the real
work...Amazing kids.
On Jan 26, 2008 8:20 AM, Bill  wrote:
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori

11) From: Brett Mason
Excellent - well I'll be seeing when or if I get down that direction....
it's a cool 20 right now - but was -29 a couple days ago...
On Jan 25, 2008 11:25 PM, Sean Cary  wrote:

12) From: Bill
Communion and cigars...a priest after my own heart!Bill
On Jan 25, 2008 10:27 PM, Sean Cary  wrote:

13) From: Frank Parth
Hmm, and I've been keeping my cigars in the wine cooler. They have to keep for a long time because I'm not allowed 
(according to SWMBO) to smoke them very often. Maybe I'll have to store my coffee beans in the cooler also. But, 
thinking about it, I'll have to make room for the coffee, and the only way to do that is to drink up some of the wine. 
Sounds like a plan!
Frank Parth

14) From: Jerry Procopio
Communion & cigars.... that might tempt me back to church.
Does he do confession & espresso?
Bill wrote:
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15) From: raymanowen
I remember Tucson as a 2% RH area, when a friend of Pop's owned 40
"strategic acres."  The green manicured lawns are fooling Mother Nature and
the evaporative coolers that made homes downright cold are now called Swamp
Be sure to keep your green coffee in the requisite burlap potato sacks, so
the beans can be parched when moved out of their native tropical areas. I
wonder what the humidity is when the beans are in potato sacks in a ship's
hold on the open ocean? It ain't Kansas, Toto.
Cheers, Mabuhay, ting hoan h, enjoy -RayO, aka Opa!
On Jan 25, 2008 10:00 PM, John Brown  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Might=
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

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