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Topic: how can I mimic an European blend? (8 msgs / 189 lines)
1) From: Sherrie
Thanks, y'all, for your input.
I guess I should clarify: I do have an espresso machine, a Gaggia Espresso
Delux.  Use it every day, and am cutting from 8 shots to 8 half-caf a day.
Tim, my husband, drinks most of his coffee at work (with the Dutch and
Swedes) and I only have to have something for him on weekends.  Two of my
three daughters drink coffee, either 'American' or espresso, also.  In fact,
my youngest seems to have been reading Tom's reviews on the sly, since she
was discussing the 'bittersweet chocolate aftertaste' of my latest
concoction last week.
Bill, I do have some Donkey Blend - it either I've not roasted it right or
it's not my favorite blend.  It's good half-and-half with Horse Harar,
though. I do love the Ethiopian coffees, and I have a pound of the Yemen,
but I'm not sure what I think of it.
I had some decaf Sidamo, but can't seem to find it.  I got my roaster in
April and already have a stash.  I'll have to check what I ordered on Monday
and use your recommendation as a reason to buy more! 
Um, another newbie question.  Is the Heat Gun/Dog Bowl thing for real?  Do
you actually check for temperature when you do this, like, with a
thermometer, and do you let your dog use the bowl afterwards? Do your
neighbors call the fire department?
I am NOT an engineer, but an artist, and y'all are way over my head.
Sherrie (or Sher, just to confuse everyone further)<-- heading out to the
garage (that's Man-Cave to you!) to stink up the ham radio equipment
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2) From: Justin Marquez
On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM, Sherrie  wrote:
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The HG/DB thing is definitely for real.  Some folks use an actual dog bowl
(however I suspect the dog bowl is dedicated to roasting service...) -
others use a wire mesh strainer and drop it into a SS bowl.  With a 1200 -
1500 watt heat gun (costs about $40 -70) you can easily roast 1/2 to 1 pound
(though 1# is a bit of pain - you hold that HG seems like FOREVER).
I can roast 2 cups greens (about 320 gr) to the gap between C1 and C2 in
about 12 minutes with my setup. I run a timer as a reality check, but don't
actually use it to gauge the roast progress. Most HG/DB users don't measure
temps - we just go by the crack sounds, the smoke and smell. You, as an
artist, can certainly appreciate "Zen Roasting" and that is exactly what
HG/DB offers. Complete control, but not with instruments.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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3) From: Bill
Sher,
yep, as Justin said, we ain't joking about the HG/DB thang.  google it.  Or
you can check Vicki's website about HG/BM roasting,
www.coffeecrone.com She's a list member.
I started HG/DB roasting in December to get larger roasts.  I went the DB
route because of coldness here in Cheyenne and also because of wind gusts on
my deck.  The beveled bowls trap heat on a BBQ.  So actually I was HG/DB/BBQ
roasting.
I was roasting as gifts and what-not, and finally got tired of stirring like
4 pounds every roast session, so I upgraded to a Breadmachine.  So now it's
HG/BM roasting.  I like this a lot.
I recently got a new digital HG off of ebay.  It's scheduled for delivery
today.  I'm excited, it's a step up in terms of control.  We'll see how it
does.
Anyway, I bought an infrared thermometer that looks like a little pistol.  I
used it for the DB roasting.  It did a good job of giving reliable temps.
 No complaints.  Except: if you have one hand to stir, and one to hold the
HG, how are you going to check temps?  I started hanging my HG.  Members of
the list made fun of me.  But I'm OK with that!!!  ha ha.
Anyway, happy roasting.  Enjoy the journey.  Sounds like you're hooked!  My
dentist was commenting as he drilled my teeth yesterday how much he enjoyed
the decaf sumatra/ethiopian blend.  I was glad he didn't have the jitters...
bill
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4) From: David Martin
To back up what Justin says:
Yes, Heat Gun / Dog Bowl is for real, and it's a surprisingly
effective way to roast, and less difficult to learn than one might
think. I haven't used an actual dog bowl, but my preferred container
is a small aluminum mixing bowl which is just big enough for an 8oz
roast. The round concave shape of the bowl is similar to that of a dog
bowl, and helps to ensure an even roast. I've also used a wire mesh
inside a pot, but the only advantage to that is that I can stick a
thermometer probe into the mesh. Using a thermometer can be
educational, but not necessary. Your brain is a massively parallel
quantum computer, and will learn quite quickly how to produce an
excellent roast based on sight, sound, and smell, without needing a
thermometer reading. I highly recommend it as a good, economical way
to go.
-Dave
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:38 AM, Justin Marquez  wrote:
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Congrats on ordering the 8988, Bill! I look forward to hearing what
you think of the digital part.
Speaking of Vicki, I don't recall any posts from her for quite a
while. Hope she is doing ok.
Brian
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:56 PM, Bill  wrote:
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6) From: Bill
Brian, actually had been watching ebay for an ideal "heat elite plus", it's
got the digital output but also the digital controls.  The 8988 still had
the slider like the 8986.  I had a friend make a lid for my BM so it should
now function as a closed system.  That will be nice when winter winds come
around here in Cheyenne.  But now I have a TC in the beans, one monitoring
environmental temp, and a 10F stepped control of heat input...  I'm hoping
to play around now with some variable profiles and see where that gets me...
I'll keep everyone informed!billhttp://idealindustries.com/prodDetail.do?prodIdF-204&div=4&l1=heat_guns&l2=heat_elite_plusOn Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Wow, what a great heat gun, Bill. I didn't know heat guns like this
one existed, which is why I felt safe taking a flier on the 8988. I am
looking forward to hearing you you like it.
Brian
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 6:10 PM, Bill  wrote:
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8) From: Bill
Yeah Brian, I prob won't roast til Monday.  We'll see how it goes.  I'm
pretty excited about usin it.  I'm hopin for more control over my roasts and
what-not.  they're pretty proud of those HGs, so i'm glad i found a used one
on ebay.  hopefully it's not totally trashed.  received it on friday and it
looks like it's in good shape.  we'll see...
peace
bill
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