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Topic: Gotta Love This Hobby... (13 msgs / 265 lines)
1) From: Lynne
After a few failed batches, I was ready to hang up my roasting gear. Well,
not really, but it has been frustrating. I feel that roasting with the IR2
is so foreign to me (used to roasting very hands on), and I was frustrated
with the learning curve. Kept the spoiled batches in the cabinet, and then
this morning I made some coffee for my son. (He was rushed, headed out to
his job, ironically at Dunkin Donuts). I intended to make mine with the last
portion of what I figured was the best of my roasts.
Well, since he was late, he didn't finish the presspot - rather than throw
it away, I decided to taste it...
WOW!
I can't believe this - guess the rest (don't ask me how long - I'd have to
search through my messages about my roasting, to figure this out, lol).
This is mostly Guatemala Fraijanes-Finca Aqua Tibia - now all gone :(  & a
bit of too-dark Ruanda Fair Trade Rusenyl. Smooth, delicious black brew - no
frothed milk this morning. Incredible cup. Can never tell about the subtle
different flavors, but this is almost chocolate-like. Basically - a great
cuppa!
Just goes to show that you can't tell how much a good long rest might bring
out the good flavors!
Hoping to roast some more in the IR2 this weekend - will take all the
suggestions folks have been giving me & see if I can actually learn
something..
Lynne
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2) From: Sandy Andina
Rest can do amazing things.  I roasted the last of my Guatemala COE to  
take on the road to Memphis, taking it only to City and being careful  
to hit "cool" on the Behmor as soon as first crack seemed over.  When  
I emptied the drum, I noticed that even though plenty of chaff had  
been produced, the beans' fissures were by and large light tan, the  
roast color a light brown and the bean munch fairly hard (though the  
lingering aftertaste was surprisingly tangy and buttery).  I gave it a  
five-day rest and brewed up an Aeropress--and it was AMAZING! The  
coffee tasted like the freshly ground beans smelled. I made an AP of  
it today, and it was even better. (A two-week rest)!
Sandy Andina
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3) From: Seth Grandeau
I had 28 grams of Kona left when I went on vacation last week.  When I came
back, I made a little 4 cup pot to finish it off.  It was on a two week rest
at that point and it tasted even better than it had the week before!
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4) From: Larry Williams
Lynne
I find that my roasts in the IR2 require a minimum of 4 days rest and 
get better from there.  An excellent  is the Liquid Amber espresso 
blend.  If you drink it the day after, it tastes like pure grass.  
Awful!  After resting  more than a week, actually it was probably closer 
to 2 weeks +, it matured nicely and is quite nice.  So you never know.
I have to roast today and will be experimenting with profiles that ramp 
up slowly to take advantage of a longer roast time and still stay in the 
C+.  The IR2 is capable of 15 min, but I can't seem to get past 9:30 
to10 min.
I think the important thing with IR2s is a consistent batch size.  I use 
150 grams.  My next purchase from SM will be a digital scale.  The one I 
am using is inconsistent - I don't know if I believe it sometimes.
Hope all is well.
Larry
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5) From: Lynne
That's good to know, Larry. I won't touch the one that I think needs more
roasting, at
least not yet. I actually think I hit the wrong button (had the IR2 in a box
- which I think
helped a lot - was cold, and I was a bit confused - which is somewhat normal
for me, hehe)
I will try weighing the batches at 150 grams - I have a non-digital scale,
don't know how
accurate it is, as I'm not all that accurate myself, lol.
Lynne
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6) From: Lynne
You're not kidding.
My kid has been using the first roast I did in the IR2 (weeks ago), which
was way too light - put it
on the stove & over-roasted it.
I thought he was nuts (or that his employment at DD's was ruining his recent
homeroast learning experience).
So this morning I kept our brews separate - tried the Mexico Chiapas (let it
rest a few days & orig. felt it needed
a tad more roasting - but had no intention of ruining this one, too, so I
left it as is.
My Chiapas cup was better than my first munch test, but was still too bright
- I added some of the other, what I
considered to be too dark blend (can't even tell you what beans they were,
except that some of it is Panama
Boquette Lerida Estate Peaberry [nearly cried at the thought of ruining any
Panama roast!], but I don't know what
the other beans in the mix are).
Man, it's delicious! A smooth, chocolatey surprise. I've sworn off cream
(for none other than health reasons), and
while I whip up some milk for a cappa once in a while, this is now good
enough to drink pure, straight up.
Amazing, this hobby is...
Lynne
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7) From: Lynne
Seth, I've been doing this for a year and a half (wait - time has flown -
it's nearly two
years now... how'd that happen?? Hmm - 'course I say the same thing about
stuff I can
remember fromover THIRTY years ago, lol), and I just discovered that a batch
I that I
considered totally lost is great.
Who'd have thunk...?
Lynne
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8) From: Lynne
... hey, I'm wondering why my subject doesn't have the [Homeroast] label
preceding it - or is it just like this in my email??
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9) From: Dave
You use gmail. It is using the original mail you sent for the subject.
When we receive the mail from the list it has the [Homeroast]
attached, so the rest of us see it with [Homeroast].
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10) From: Lynne
Thanks for explaining that Dave - I was putting in my own [Homeroast]
heading before,
which must have messed things up for everyone else.
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11) From: Dave
Your welcome. I just went looking for topics you'd started, and
apparently the list-serve software is smart enough to NOT add a second
[Homeroast] to the subject. So nobody knew were doing that.
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12) From: raymanowen
"...this is now good enough to drink pure, straight up."
Panamas can do that. -ro
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13) From: Lynne
That's one smart listserve!
Lynne
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