You also want to check out the dough cycle on the bread machine before you start roasting in it. My first one you just set to dough and off it goes. The next machine (Toastmaster) I got shut off after a couple of minutes. I thought at first it was shutting down because of overheating, so I moved the thermocouple and tried again, same results. I was about to give up on it, but decided to just turn it on and leave it to see what happens. I discovered that it runs intermittently for a couple of minutes, then lets the "dough" rest for a while, then after a total of 10 minutes, it turns back on and runs for 20 minutes. At first I thought this was annoying, but now I look at it as a valuable feature. I turn it on, set a timer for 9 minutes, then proceed to weigh the beans, get everything else in place and make sure I'm ready to go. I only got the second one as a backup because I really liked the first machine and it works fine. Now the second one is
the one that is in use and the first is on the shelf in case of emergency.
----- Original Message ----
From: Vicki Smith
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:57:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] HG
Nope, they aren't all the same. Some have thermometers built into the
wall of the bread machine, which have to be relocated or taken out.
Others have paddles that don't play well with the beans--either because
of the distance between the floor of the roaster and the paddle or
because the paddle throws the beans out of the bread pan.
I use an inexpensive Sunbeam and have used several others as well. If
you are buying at a thrift store, you might have to try a few to get one
you really like.
If you have a bean thrower, using a larger quantity of beans sometime
solves that problem.
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