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Topic: Home roasting next step after poopery (18 msgs / 431 lines)
1) From: Billy Surf
Hi, I'm new to the home roasting game (about 4 months) and am addicted
of course.  I have a westbend poppery and absolutely love the aroma,
the cracks and pops, the entire process.  Thurs night I roast while my
wife watches Bones (no one else actually likes that show right)?  I'm
roasting about twice a week and some nights just don't have as much
time.  Quick question:  I'm looking for a larger capacity home
roaster.  Double or triple would be great.  More would be even better
(I usually roast about a 1/3 of a cup at a time).   I've looked at the
comparison chart on the Sweet Maria website and the I-Roast 2 looks
interesting...does anyone own one?  Other suggestions?  Thanks for
your time!!
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Apr 27, 2009, at 9:28 PM, Billy Surf wrote:
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I love my iR2; I have added a thermocouple snaked in through the lid  
and an external vent fan; the vent fan was originally so I could  
roast inside, but I discovered that with a variable speed fan, I  
could control the roasting process, which I feel is essential with  
the iR2. The iR2 offers "programability", but the ability on this  
machine is largely overrated, because it totally fails to accurately  
measure the temperature.
I also roast using a heat gun. It offers a large capacity, but I  
still feel like I have much finer control with my augmented iR2.
You should also investigate the Behmor. It won't work for me, at  
least indoors, since my wife objects to the roasting smell, but I  
hear it's a fine piece of machinery.
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allon
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3) From: Dean De Crisce
I have been very happy with the behmor and roast about a pound a week.
I only roast in our apt, and simply open windows and turn on the fan
when I am roasting. Works like a charm.
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4) From: Dave Huddle
I've used, and worn out, several roasters since meeting Tom at the
ORIGINAL location of Sweetmarias in Columbus.
IMO the Behmor is the way to go.  (I've never used an I-Roast)
It conveniently roasts up to a pound quietly enough to hear the cracks.
I've done about 175 runs in my Behmor in the last 18 months.
Dave
Westerville, OH
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5) From: Michael Vanecek
I do roasts to a light Full City in my trusty ol' Alpenrosts and still 
don't smoke out the rest of the family. Much. Of course, if you like 
darker roasts, you definitely need a vent of some sort. Hmm, don't think 
the Alps are available anymore - mines been going strong for 9 years 
tho. If I were to upgrade, it'd be a toss between the HotTop and Behmor, 
methinks.
Be well,
Mike
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6) From: Michael I
You roast in a poopery?  Do you water quench by flushing?
-AdkMike
sorry, couldn't resist
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7) From: John and Emma
I went from a poppery II to a Behmor and love it. I place the roaster on the
stove and turn the overhead fan on medium. That's it. No need for opening
windows, doors etc. The only time I had an issue where I had to open the
kitchen door was when I over roasted one batch to Vienna by accident. I kept
my poppery because I found there are some beans that are too small for the
Behmor. The Behmor is great because it can be as simple as pushing a button
or more complex by adjusting the +/- with the different profiles and whether
before roast starts or after it starts. This provided me with a simple
learning curve on roasting and how timing and profiles can change a roast.
I'm constantly experimenting. I didn't think I would need something that did
1lb necessarily. Now that is all I roast. I kept to 1/2lb for the Gesha's
because if I make a mistake (I am a novice) it's not a whole pound I messed
up. I spent a lot of time researching and deciding which roaster to get and
I could have been happier. The Hot Top was out of my price range.
John H.

8) From: Yakster
Hi, Billy,
I'm a newby to the list, hi everyone.  You mentioned roasting during Bones
and that struck a chord in me.  I usually roast after the kids are in bed
and during a show like Heros that the Wife watches but I don't.
 I made the switch from a popper to a Behmor in February and have about 30
roasts in.  I love the increased capacity, but with the Behmor you really
have to forward think your roasts by about 15 seconds because you can't stop
the roast immediatly and you'll coast into the cooling cycle.  As a
consequence, there's times when I roast a little darker then I want or when
I stop too early trying to nail City or City+.  Overall, it's a great
roaster, though, and very capable but you do give up a lot of hands-on with
it.
-Chris
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9) From: Scott Miller
Dang, I should have checked my email sooner... beat me to the punch on that
one.
For the $$, a Behmor is nice, especially when you use the BehmorThing to do
some tracking and tweaking of your roasts.
cheers,
Scott
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10) From: Mark Osborne
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11) From: raymanowen
"...I'm looking for a larger capacity home roaster.
Double or triple would be great.
More would be even better"
I was looking for a way to use our DAK turbo bread bakers- Big glass dome
lids, built-in heaters and cooling blowers with jointed ducts...
Best bread machine solution is a machine with pan and integral paddle
assembly, so you can lift the pan out and dump the roasted beans in your
cooler. It just requires the heat gun and bread machine. 120v, 15a and you
can easily roast a pound of beans in a cold environment.
Two pounds, or 900g, was a bit of a stretch on a cool day, but taught that
the roast is not over, just because you want it to be done. That takes heat-
you have to get rid of the heat you added to make the beans stop roasting.
Murphy says, "When you need more heat, you'll lose it- When you don't want
it, it will stay."
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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12) From: Ray Tolar
I started this wonderful adventure with the Behmor (totaly happy with it). I
also picked up a used Hottop which i am in the process of upgrading to a B
model (also a great roaster) . They both have  advanages but i would if you
can afford the hottop go that way, so much more control ,also being able to
see the roasting clearly is a big plus.  Regards Ray
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13) From: Bob Hazen
If you're concerned about capacity, I'd suggest you skip the I-Roast.  I 
found that 130 g is about all mine will handle and properly agitate the 
beans.  I use a Behmor and generally run 1/2 lb loads.  On occasion, I'll 
run a bigger load.  I prefer the way some beans come out when roasted in the 
I-Roast, but the Behmor gets the most use.
Bob

14) From: Les
Behmor is the way to go if you want more capacity and stay under
$500.00.  Unless you want to totally get rid of upgrade fever go to to
a one pound commercial roaster.  I am very happy with my one pound
commercial roaster.
Les
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15) From: William Appleton
I started with an iRoast2 about 5 months ago. It's a great little  
appliance. The comments others have   made regarding its on-board  
temperature management are correct IMO.  That said, it isn't difficult  
to get great roasts from the iR2. After having the iR2 for a couple of  
months I bought a Behmor.  I use it to roast about 3 lbs a week.   
Great machine and very repeatable roasts.  I still use the iR2 for a  
few very chaffy coffees but most of my roasts are done in the Behmor.   
I think the iR2 is a good value if you're happy with 5.2 oz of coffee  
per batch.  We quickly outgrew it in favor if the Behmor when family  
and friends found out we were roasting coffee. :)
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18) From: Jack M. Rogers
I see the Behmor has already been recommended.  I'm very happy with my UFO/GG combo (UFO corn popper, Galloping Gourmet convection oven top).  It will also do a full pound.
Jack


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