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Topic: My Best Yemen Roast to Date (3 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Jamie Dolan
HI;
Tonight was my best Yemen Sanani roast to date:http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId031Using the RK, I turned down 2 of the burners all the way once I heard
first crack start.  I left the middle burned turned up, but opened the
lid a little bit.  Although I knew it was far from accurate, I
realized that the thermometer on the grill is practically useless.
Even with 2 of the burned turned to low, the grill barely showed a
lower temperature, however my roast time was much longer, and I ended
up with a much lighter roast.  I plan to order one of the digital
thermometers.
This roast was 4 minutes after I heard first crack.  Total roast time
was 18 minutes.  My thought is that it is about a city roast.
Jamie
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2) From: Brian Kamnetz
Jamie,
You mentioned that the roast went 4 minutes after first crack. Do you
mean four minutes after first crack started? I'm wondering how long
your first crack lasted, and then how long you went after first crack
was done. If I understand correctly, right about the time first crack
finishes up, or maybe just a bit after that, is in the City range. I'm
wondering if you might not be more in the C+ range. If you like it
here, you might try stopping even sooner after first crack ends. A
light roast yet might yield some citrus and other flavors that you
might enjoy. But bottom line is that you are learning to vary your
roasting equipment settings in order to achieve varying results, and
that is of course the direction we are all trying to go.
Brian
On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 8:54 PM, Jamie Dolan  wrote:
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3) From: Jamie Dolan
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Honestly, I again failed to keep good enough notes on what I did to
know the exact answer to this question.  I waited until it was rolling
in first crack, then I timed out the 4 minutes.  My guess is that
first lasted about 3 minutes.  So I would say I ran 1 to 1:30 after
that.
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C+ range, however, I am drinking some of the sweet yellow I roasted
yesterday in a very similar fashion to the yemen, and it tastes under
roasted.
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I do like the lighter roasts that I do far better than any commercial
roasts.  I do use my beans almost only for espresso, so I know that
makes things a bit different as well.
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Yes, I am very pleased with the additional control over my roast.  I
had previously been burning way too many roasts, was getting
expensive.  LOL
Thanks!
Jamie
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