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Topic: Never Again (16 msgs / 358 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
For the past week my coffee has been lousy. Today I thoroughly cleaned all
my coffee equipment. Dumped all my roasted beans and roasted 2 pounds of
beans. Finally I found the problem.Unfortunately,  not until I wasted the 2
pounds of beans. On the last roast I noticed the Hot Top was not following
my profile. The roast was done too soon and was far too dark. As a matter of
fact toward the end of the roast the Hot Top started to beep warning me it
was going to dump my beans. the Hot Top has a built in safety feature which
will dump the beans if they are starting to get too hot and may cause a
fire. I hadn't changed my profiles and never had this problem before.
Inspection of the roaster revealed a build up of  heavy black gunk on the
temperature sensor. Apparently this is the result of my experiment of over
roasting beans ( actually carbonizing them) to test stalling in the Bodum
Vacuum pot with Cory Rod. Another hour was spent trying to scrape the gunk
out of the roaster and cleaning the sensor. Never again will I roast to the
end of second crack.The lesson ,for people on the list ,with Hot Tops is
 check the sensor and keep it clean. It is a round circle of shiny metal on
the rear wall of the roaster. Now to throw away the 2 pounds I roasted today
and roast another 2 pounds tomorrow. No more experiments for me.
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2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Great tip - thanks for sharing this. I am sure you saved somebody a 
lot of trouble...
Tom
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3) From: raymanowen
"Now to throw away the 2 pounds I roasted today and roast another 2 pounds
tomorrow."
Watch it, Barry- If this comment gets out and gets legs, Scorchbucks may
accuse you of pilfering their Trade Secret and sending them into Ch. 11
oblivion.
Cheers, Mabuhay and magandang Umaga -RayO, aka Opa
On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 9:31 PM, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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Persist in old ways; expect different results - suborn Insanity...
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4) From: Seth Grandeau
Barry, sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you found the problem.  I thought
you were using your Behmor more than the Hottop.
On 6/3/09, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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5) From: Doug Hoople
Barry,
As the person responsible for your going dark, I appreciate the sacrifice
you've made in the interest of Coffee Knowledge.
I, for one, feel as though it was worth your time! Of course, I didn't have
to drink your coffee all last week, so that's easy for me to say. :-)
Thanks.
Doug
On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 8:31 PM, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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6) From: Michael
Barry,
The temp sensor needs cleaning even if one never roasts dark, just not  
as frequently. I scrub mine about every six months. Also, you may want  
to change your filters to ensure good air flow; both the one at the  
back and the one on top.
On Jun 3, 2009, at 11:31 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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7) From: Barry Luterman
I've sort of gravitated back to the Hot top lately. I was using the Behmor
while my back was bad. It always stayed on the kitchen counter. Lately I
have been feeling better and can bend and get the Hot Top out of the kitchen
cabinet and carry it outside. I love sitting on the Lanai and reading my
newspaper while roasting. Behmor is still my rainy day roaster.
On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 1:23 AM, Seth Grandeau  wrote:
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8) From: Barry Luterman
Done. Am in the middle of roasting and the machine is working beautifully. I
will share a secret with the list now but you must promise not to tell my
wife.The most effective tool I found for cleaning the sensor was a pumice
stone on a stick. My wife uses it for removing callouses from her heels.
On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 6:59 AM, Michael  wrote:
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10) From: decrisce.md
That is absolutely hilarious. 
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11) From: decrisce.md
That is absolutely hilarious. 
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12) From: Bob Hazen
Well, it could be worse.  There's a pumice stone hanging around here that's 
made specifically for scrubbing rust rings off toilet bowls . . . .
Bob

13) From: Doug Hoople
"Well, it could be worse.  There's a pumice stone hanging around here that's
made specifically for scrubbing rust rings off toilet bowls . . . ."
As long as the coffee turned out great, would it matter? :-)
On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 7:22 PM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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14) From: Bob Hazen
You have a point.  Some folks have enjoyed that "cat coffee" after all.
Bob

15) From: MSMB
Even on my little home roaster's I-roast I have just found that the
cleanliness and condition of my roaster make a tremendous difference.  The
lid on my device had a crack in it and the screen in the top through which
the roaster is vented was just filthy.  It was open so that the air seemed
to be flowing but there must have been enough residue still on it to create
some kind of obstruction.  Also the little raised parts of the screened lid
were broken (or melted off) and I would keep a pan on the tip of the lid to
weigh it down and make sure that it did not fly off. The pan may have been
communicating heat to the roaster.  Also, I did not realize how obstructed
the air flow was until recently and this was the cause of my overheating
roasts, my uneven roasts --the beans were not moving sufficiently-- and the
reason why I ended up with so much chafe in the roasting chamber (not enough
air to move the chafe into the chafe collector).  So I finally replaced
everything and it works just fine; beans moving all over the place like
hyperactive jumpin beans, roasts that run through the full profile, with
excellent control. Cleanliness is next to godliness, obviously (as is
keeping your equipment in good working order).
This is the second time I have had to replace those parts on my I -roast 1;
it must just be normal service if you are roasting as much as I am.  The
customer service rep at Hearthware confided that she did not think that the
I-roast lasted that long and she was nice enough to offer a good deal on a
new one if the parts I purchased did not correct my problems.  But mine must
be 3 years old now and I roast at least 5 pounds per week.  I wish that they
could make some of the plastic parts a little tougher but for the individual
home roaster I am impressed with the quality of this device.   
MS

16) From: John A C Despres
It burns off in the roasting process, right?
John
On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 10:55 PM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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