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Topic: Heat Gun Roasting Tips (7 msgs / 141 lines)
1) From: John Grubbs
Looking over the info on the new Google Homeroast map, it appears there are
quite a few of us who use some form of heat gun roasting. *Do you have any
good tips/mods/fixes that have improved your HG roasting? *
Here are a few minor fixes I've made to the bread machine (BrM) part of my
setup:
1 - With my particular machine, a Breadman, if I stopped the stirring for
any reason, the electronic controls made it difficult to quickly restart.
So, after digging around a little on the web, I wired an on/off switch into
the BrM motor circuit. This greatly simplified the operation of the BrM. The
best benefit: Because the machine and the moving beans can be kinda loud,
particularly with small loads of beans, the switch makes it easy to
momentarily stop the motor to listen for cracks.
2 - I sometimes do very small (1/4 lb. or 110 g.) roasts, and the BrM tended
to sling beans out. I ground down the profile of the BrM paddle to reduce
this tendency.
3 - With my particular BrM, the paddle tended to work its way loose and ride
up the shaft during a roast. (I saw that "Corretto" on the Australian
Coffeesnobs site had the same problem.) I found a pretty simple solution for
this: I cut a small strip, maybe 1/8" x 3/4", from the thin aluminum of
a soft drink or beer can. I bent this strip into a U-shape and placed it
over the top of the shaft before pushing the paddle back on. The strip got
trapped between the paddle and the shaft, shimming the paddle tightly in
place.
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2) From: Bill
John,
I picked up an IR thermometer gun that really improved my roasting.  I'm
thinking about drilling a hole in the breadpan for a thermocouple, but the
IR does a pretty good job of giving me consistent readings.  It's great,
most 1st cracks start around 405, so I know what's gonna happen.  If I'm
shooting for city, I'll back the heat off at 390 and coast into first.
That was a great addition.
good question, I still have a ton to learn.  I'd love to hear if others have
other thoughts.
bill in wyo
On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 8:48 PM, John Grubbs  wrote:
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3) From: dfluke
Nice tips there.
I often wondered if this accessory kit might help at all.. I have yet to 
try it out:http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber•301I too have a breadman, and found the shaft rises up. I'll have to try 
your trick there. I have yet to wire the motor as well. I can not extend 
the roast time much past 15 minutes or the machine turns off even with 
the thermometer heat shut down sensor disabled. I can't put the HG down 
on low post first crack because the timer is still on my machine.
Dustin
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4) From: raymanowen
For $9.99, I got the $20 Glorious Orange heat gun and most of the tools in
the accessory kit in a plastic case. I've never seen it marketed like that
since.
The accessory kit is still NIB, and Glorious Orange has only done 3
roasts...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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5) From: John Grubbs
Bill,
I've tried an IR gun a few times, and I agree it does a good job. I also
intend to try out a thermocouple, (1) to get more continuous readings and
(2) to eliminate the need to hand-hold the IR gun.
John
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6) From: John Grubbs
Dustin,
A lot of what's in that kit looks to be for paint scraping. The only time
I've seen anyone using one of those accessory nozzles was with one of the
larger, horizontal layout, two pound bread pans. The roaster used the wide
"spreader" nozzle to get better coverage of the beans.
On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 5:10 PM, dfluke  wrote:
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7) From: raymanowen
True enough- the kit's components are useless for roasting. Any roasting
swath can be accommodated with a "dither" of the heat gun that can also be
used to chase light beans.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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