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Topic: Finally heard second crack (9 msgs / 203 lines)
1) From: Jay Bradshaw
True confessions from a newbie:
For several weeks now I have been reading this digest and dipping into the
home roasting waters.  Trying to sort out the different sights, sounds, and
smells has been an interesting challenge. Then after probably a dozen roasts
between the Poppery and iRoar, I had an epiphany and can now clearly and
consistently hear the second crack - and it's a beautiful thing because I
have found that roasting time varies by batch, and a few seconds seem to
make quite a difference.
Jay
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2) From: Barry Luterman
I think for most of us that was the first break through.
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Finding second crack was the breakthrough for me too. I was roasting
3/4 cup of greens in a Poppery II, and first crack would start and get
faster and faster until I had a smoking, oily mess that was too sour
and thin to drink. Someone on this list (regretfully, I don't know
who) suggested I try roasting with 1/3 cup of greens. First started,
went for a while, and stopped. Then after a couple minutes, second
crack started. Eureka!
Brian
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4) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
I started with the HG/DB and I intentionally (at the suggestion from 
some one here) to take a roast to Spanish and beyond, to teach me 
everything and I did never regretted losing one batch to teach me so much!
Dennis
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5) From: John Despres
For me, hearing first crack was a breakthrough...
Congratulations, Jay. You're on your way to mastering your roasters!
John
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6) From: Seth Grandeau
You'll find some coffees have much clearer cracks than others.  I've found
Hawaiian coffees to be very easy to hear.  Ethiopian Idido Misty Valley
(IMV) also goes off like popcorn, very clear cracks.
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7) From: Larry Williams
I have never heard any cracks in my IR2.  Probably just me.  I have no 
problem with the Popper hearing both the first and second.  I think I 
will build a box to encapsulate the jet engine part of the IR2 with 
vents in the bottom.  Leaving only the pot visible.  Will even install 
some sound insulation, oh yes and a door to view the controls.  
Maybe I should "R" the idea.
Larry
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8) From: Morris Nelson
The second crack is obvious compared with trying to hear the first crack
(Fifteen years in the seat of the tractor and plenty of rock music didn't
help). I've shared my roasting experience with several friends and taken a
few batches "to infinity and beyond". When I give them the controls, they
know immediately how they when to end their roast.
Morris

9) From: raymanowen
"...never regretted losing one batch to teach me so much!"
My first roast was a Melitta AromaRoast that hid the beans within. It's like
a Fresh Roast with no glass parts in it. Roast #1 was in the kitchen. What
smoke, chaff? I knew nothing- I just thought it was headed for oblivion,
with the noise and smoke.
Nice smell, and the beans looked deep brown and semi gloss sheen. With a
commercial drip brewer, weed whacker grinder and No rest, the Kenya AA was
intriguing.
I lost many of the early batches because I moved the whole shebang to my
battery charger shop. When I'd brew the fresh roasted Kenya, I had to brew
all three pots before folks in the building quit showing up with empty
coffee cups and there was enough left for my mug.
I wouldn't say I learned much from the couple of pounds I roasted over 30
years ago, but nothing got destroyed. 2nd Crack is a good mile post for
roasting if you have an absolute roast stopper. It's best to stop when you
get to the edge of the Grand Canyon, not just skate to a stop!
Iechyd da
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