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Topic: What a Valentine shot! (68 lines)
1) From: raymanowen
It all came together this morning-
The IMV that I thought I roasted an adequate quantity [02 Feb] to randomly
sample and "catch" the sweet spot, really hit it this morning.
The first batch was like trying to find the Topcon factory from the window
of the Hikari train speeding through Tokyo at 160mph.! [It doesn't, and I
couldn't read the Japanese anyway] What a cascade of ultra bright flavor in
that Fresh Roast 17:00 C+ roast. Pow! for about five days
I guessed maybe I was expecting too much of the second roast, half a normal
batch size for me, at 200g with the HG/K-A mixer bowl. The nutty-fruit blast
was muted, but it seemed to hit a plateau around Days 7 and 8.
With the continuous 48 F wind gusts, it was a fight to get the roast up =
to
the FC++ I wanted. Fine for sailing the Mayflower, and great for sending the
chaff to New Mexico. I finally buried the HG nose in the beans, and we were
back on track to the FC++.
Of course, when I dumped the smoking, snapping beans into the colander in
the blower intake, the 48 air was magic. The roast was all pulled up
against the sides of the colander- What a beautiful-looking roast. Geez,
they're already cold. (I was afraid to touch them because they had just been
smoking and snapping 2 seconds before. Dead Cold- I never even felt a warm
bean!
I think this is the best shot I've ever had. The crema just came rolling out
of the spouts. Time ran out when the glass cup was 2/3 full of yellow/ gold
crema, just starting to settle out. Looked neat; tasted incredible
According to Schomer, his mentor was a monster at packing the coffee grounds
in the filter. I tried it once and got the most crema ever at that point-
this after vibro packing the grounds in the first place.
Always fill the filter basket level with whole beans dipped out of the jar.
Then into the Zip Loc sandwich bag, pressed flat and sealed for the 5+
minute visit to the freezer. With the grinder set finer- 17 rather than 19.5
for previous IMV shots- and a "joy stick" wobbling packing force on the
tamper of more than 100 pounds, I was afraid it might stall out.
Not so, the bratty 55 watt pump in the Carpesso didn't stall out for the
brew. If a vibrator pump stalls out, it would get very quiet and just hum
quietly as the armature stops moving. No OPV on this puppy. It looks like it
has one on the pump's output poet - - - but it ain't.
There was about twice as much water used from the reservoir as went in the
cup. Half for the fabulous shot, and half to feed the terrycloth diaper
under the machine. Apparently, the heater could keep up with the increased
flow because I heated the reservoir water to 110 F. That way, the heater
only had to make up about 90 F. The shot was the best I've ever done. Bu=
t I
only had 3 roasted IMV beans left afterward.
Got more now, but nothing rested. When will I ever learn? If it ain't
rested, you ain't got no beans.
Cheers, Mabuhay and Magandang Hapon -RayO, aka Opa!
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