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Topic: Help on my Roast (6 msgs / 140 lines)
1) From: decesarecj
What is the best direction to slow my roast down..Time, temp, or fan speed?? Using? a Hot Top in Auto mode. Going 14 minutes, and getting a French or Vienna roast.? ?Temp is topping out at 415, before I eject..Sorry, I'm new at this! Thank You!
The green is wonderful,?? Thanks to Maria's
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Carl De Cesare
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2) From: raymanowen
I don't know the Hot Top roaster, but I do have a suggestion.
Read The Entire Manual three times with the roaster unplugged. Look at the
roaster's features as you read.
Skip Nothing- the seemingly unimportant "Obvious" point you skip could doom
the roast or the roaster.(Machine or person)
If somebody tells you which buttons to push without reference to your
ambient temperature or circuit voltage under load, Don't Do It. It might
work, or not work, but you wouldn't know why.
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"Roasting with the HotTop takes an extra effort:
[It's Not a Ronco "set it and forget it " Cof-e-Roast-matic]
you need to understand the sights, sounds and smells of the coffee roasting
process to get the best results.
But this method, roasting with your senses,
is rewarded in a machine that gives a close-up view of the coffee during the
roast cycle,
and ... well ... produces so much roast aroma (read this as smoke!)
The roaster diagram comes with the HotTop roast booklet.
The book is very informative.
It is important to read the booklet - especially the safety warnings
carefully.... "
[I know the machine is designed to run on a chintzy 120v, 15a lighting
circuit. Good for light bulbs, not high-powered heaters and digital controls
If it gives satisfactory equipment performance, you might be astounded at
how well it would perform on a dedicated 20a or 30a circuit.]
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
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The above is one of the most valuable things RayO has ever posted. FWIW I've
roasted via added dedicated 20A circuit in my garage for many years.
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4) From: Barry Luterman
That's too fast. What was the weight of the beans you loaded?
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5) From: raymanowen
If some is good, more is better. If [when?] I ever have a roasting shed or
garage, I would make the power supply even "harder" by running a small 50a
sub panel from the main panel out to the roasting area.
That way, the roaster load would be mostly on 50a-capable 8Ga wiring, except
for the short hop to the roaster from the sub panel/ 20a breaker on 12Ga or
10Ga wire.
Make sure the neutral and ground are solid clear to the receptacle! -ro
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6) From: Mike Koenig
I usually turn the fan on to 50% at around 350 (on the display),  and drop
the heat about a minute before 1st crack to about 40%.   I judge when 1st
crack is coming by color (beans just starting to brown), and smell.
The auto profile will run the heat at 80-100% the whole time, which can
result is hitting 1st crack with a bit too much energy,  and plowing right
through to 2nd pretty quickly.
Others may have a different approach.  The HotTop offers a lot of
controllability (is that a word?), and so gives a lot of flexibility in
roasting.
Remember that even a bad roast isn't wasted if you learned something.
--mike
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