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Topic: First roast was Re: iRoast Fire (3 msgs / 102 lines)
1) From: Bill Johns
Allon Stern wrote:
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That is comforting to know.
I did my first roast yesterday.  Did a gentle warm up ( 340 for 2 
minutes, 400 for 3 min, ~2 minutes at 450) on a Mexican Nayarit 
dry-process beans (120 gr).  Everything went about as good as I could 
have hoped for.  I live in a colder part of the states and must roast 
indoors this time of year; yes, I have a really good hood over the cook 
top.  Hearing the first crack over the sound of the roaster was not a 
problem, I wanted to get close to, but not necessarily into the second 
crack.  I was watching the progress closely.  I probably didn't get too 
far into the second crack, if at all, I couldn't hear as I had to start 
the hood fan after the smoke alarm went off.  :-)           
The beans came out dark and smooth and dry.  This morning I made my 
first pot of brew with my newly roasted beans.  Oh My.  It really is 
that good.  So many different types of beans, so many ways of roasting 
beans, this is gonna be an adventure.  Good coffee adds such a 
delightful dimension to the day.
Cheers,
Bill Johns
Colton, WA
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3) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 12, 2009, at 11:09 AM, Bill Johns wrote:
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I use my iRoast2 indoors all the time, btw. I use a fan to draw the  
smoke outdoors. I also modulate the speed of the fan to give control  
over the roast.
 From the archives:
Ignore the temperature reading provided by the iRoast. It is wildly  
inaccurate.
The only thing you can control is the "setpoint" and the time spent at  
that "setpoint". You may find (especially on 1st roast of the day)  
that the temperature reported by the iRoast is always well below the  
setpoint, making it really meaningless.
What isn't meaningless is that for temperatures below 395 (iirc) the  
fan speed is high, and above, the fan speed is low. This is about the  
only control you really have.
However, what I have done is attached metal dryer hose to the iRoast,  
run to a window-mounted exhaust fan; this exhaust fan draws air from  
the iRoast, and can vary the airflow depending on its speed; I drive  
the exhaust fan (a 12V muffin fan) with a 0-24V supply (haven't burnt  
it out yet on 24V :).
My profile will be useless unless you have a similar setup.
I ramp temperature to around 350 over the first 5 minutes or so, then  
I have a burst of heat to get "over the hump" into 1st crack. This  
heat boost I have strategically placed in stage 3 of the program so I  
can cut it short with the down-arrow button, if I'm going too fast.
I ramp the exhaust fan speed slowly over each program stage to draw it  
out.
Here's my setup:http://www.radioactive.org/pix/roaster/index.htmlOh, and the fan hasn't quit yet.
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allon
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