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Topic: Popcorn Popper Roasting (7 msgs / 172 lines)
1) From: John M. Howison
A $9.99 air flow roaster !
A used Poppery or other popcorn popper with peripheral hot air emission
hasn't turned up in my nearby Good Will outlet, and I have been too cheap to
buy a new one.    Day before yesterday a small "Kitchen Gourmet" popcorn
popper turned up at Walgreen's in an already opened box, allowing me to
check the device's "inside."  Lo and behold, the hot air emitter was
peripheral!  Although I vaguely remembered that 1200 watts was on the low
side, the chamber was small and I decided to stimulate the economy by buying
it.
Bingo  My SM thermocouple revealed that air in the chamber quickly reached
380 or so, even when not slowed down by beans.   I poured in a half-cup
(maximum recommended for pop corn grains) of Kenya greens, and about four
minutes later first crack ceased and the aroma confirmed that the roast had
reached my preferred level.  Borrowed my wife's collander, usually reserved
for her matutinal blueberries, and cooled the beans.
This morning, with less than 24 hours rest, I got a good mug of AP, allowing
me to hope for an even better one tomorrow and tomorrow.  Only negative:
chaff all over the kitchen; until that problem is solve, I'll have to use
the little marvel out of doors.
-- 
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2) From: Dave
Just the device I used for most of my first year of roasting. I normally
weighed out 100g (~2/3 cup) of greens. I used a fairly long extension cord
to lower the temp, learned to operate the switch to reduce the duty cycle to
so I could stretch out the roast. After the first minute or so, 10sec on
5sec off (67% cycle), picked it up to 15sec on 5 sec off (75% cycle) at 1st
crack, then usually just let it rip till it was done. I stirred the beans
until they started moving well on their own, and during the off times of the
duty cycle switching. I also titled the machine by setting one side on a
3/4" board to help get the greens moving. I'm still surprised the switch on
the poor thing survived all that cycling, but it did.
Enjoy you new toy!
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 6:46 AM, John M. Howison wrote:
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3) From: Kent Landis
Great tip John...just picked one up myself....  cant beat it for 10  
bucks!....works great!
Thanks
Kent
On Dec 20, 2008, at 9:46 AM, John M. Howison wrote:
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4) From: Andy Thomas
If it has a plastic hood that directs the exhaust down, you can place a lar=
ge bowl of water under it. Most of the chaff will end up in the bowl. That =
will work until the hood melts to the point of uselessness. I still use the=
 plastic thing on my Poppery sometimes. It is droopy and bubbly, but it sti=
ll works.
From: John M. Howison 
...  Only negative: chaff all over the kitchen; until that problem is sol=
ve, I'll have to use
the little marvel out of doors.
A $9.99 air flow roaster !
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5) From: Jim Couch
And when I bought mine brand new cause it was the only one in town that
didn't blow out of a hole in the bottom.
Walgreens was chargin the exorbinant price Brand new of 11 dollars and
change.
On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 8:46 AM, John M. Howison wrote:
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"This is worse than a divorce... I've lost half of my net worth and I still
have my wife.."
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6) From: Frank Awbrey
Hi, John. I use the Walgreen's $10 special. I have over 430 roasts in it.
Wife won't let me use it indoors since my very first roast smoked/smelled up
the house. Anyway, mine has been a pretty good unit for over the last 1 1/2
yrs. I normally do 3 successive roasts in it which will give me about 6 days
worth of coffee (only coffee drinker in the house). You can use a little
more than a half cup of beans. Normally, I measure out just under 2/3 cup. I
tilt the popper (actually prop it against the metal collander). I also use
the 100 foot extension cord. Both of these do extend the roast. I also
bought and use a temp probe. I drilled a small hole down thru the plastic
lip and slip the end of the probe down to about 1/2 inch from the bottom
(area of the vents). I've never used the plastic top.
I roasted a batch outside yesterday morning in sub freezing temps (temp
probe gave me an error reading until it got above 32*--prob in low to mid
20's--about a foot and a half of snow on the ground here in Flagstaff). I
could never get it hot enough to actually finish the roast where I usually
like it (about 440* bean mass temp.-- after about 13 minutes I stopped the
roast--so probably about a light city roast--with little to no
rest--very/too bright a cup--A Mexican bean). I then did another roast later
without tilting the popper and was able to do my "normal" roast--~440* in 9
or 10 minutes. A much better cup this morning (also use the AP).
Anyway, my experience with this popper is very positive. I'm thinking of
getting another one so I can do consecutive roasts w/o having to wait for it
to cool down 10 or 15 minutes. I also used to turn the motor off for a
period of time to extend the roasting time (but just during the warmer
days). I would turn it off for a period of about 30 seconds or (while
monitoring the temp so there would not be a large temp drop). I randomly
picked the temps to do this at about 300* and again at about 375*. So, you
can experiment with this popper some to find a process that you like using.
On 12/20/08, John M. Howison  wrote:
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Frank
"Still the one"
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7) From: R Nepsund
You can use the cardboard box the Sweet Maria's beans come in to help
recirculate some of the popper's hot air back tword it's air inlet if the
air is too cold.   I have been putting hot pad(s) under one side of my
popper to tilt it.
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