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Topic: I did it. (9 msgs / 296 lines)
1) From: Phil Palmintere
I did it.
I've been roasting with a hot air popcorn popper for a bit over a year, and
learning so much from so many of you, both on the list and privately off the
list.
It's time to ratchet my game up a notch.  =
So today I placed my order for a Gene Café and a Yama vacuum brewer.  I'm
looking forward to the next step in my journey!
--phil
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2) From: John A C Despres
Rock on, Phil! You'll have fun with your new roaster.
John
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3) From: Yakster
Outstanding, Phil.
I hope you have some good Ethiopian greens for the vac pot.
-Chris
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4) From: Ryan M. Ward
Awesome, Hopefully I wont be to far behind you!
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5) From: Phil Palmintere
The other day my new Gene Café arrived, along with a Yama 5 cup and lots =
of
beans.
Everything arrived safe and sound - the packaging by SM was more than
adequate.
I read through the Gene manual several times, looked at things on the web,
and tried my first roast last night - a Kenya Kirinyaga AA Gakuyu-ini
Factory.   =
Now I get to start the learning curve all over again - and one of the big
things I now know I need to do is to listen *very* carefully for 1st crack
and 2nd crack.  I'm used to a hot air popcorn popper outside where it was
very obvious.  Roasting indoors with the Gene with a hood fan on - well, I
missed 1st crack altogether.  I turned off the hood fan and then at some
point realized I was in 2nd crack - but the sound of the popping is muted.
So I over-roasted  - it was well into 2nd crack before I realized it, which
is darker than I normally roast.  But this morning, the cup was really nice!
I didn't ruin the batch!
I tried out my new 5 cup Yama, and it was a great, nice clean cup.  =
WhoHoo!
I searched on the SM Forum but didn't find anything about recommended
cleaning procedures for the Yama cloth filter.  I do recall some months back
some discussion on this email list.
Could someone point me to Yama cloth filter cleaning best known methods
(BKMs)?
Thanks
Phil
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6) From: Steve Scigliano
Hi Phil,
I have been using the Gene Café for over two years and understand what yo=
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mean
about missing first crack. One visual clue that I use is to watch for the =
parchment flying off
the beans; I then put my ear close to the exhaust and listen to the cracks. =
I have also learned
on my particular machine that first crack lasts approximately 2 minutes fro=
m =
start to end
for 230g of beans. If you do as I do and set the temperature to 475 degrees=
, =
a good visual
clue that first crack is complete is that the temperature begins
to rise (it stays more or less constant during first crack at between 450 =
and 460)
Good luck and enjoy
Steve
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7) From: Jeffrey
I will try your technique of watching for a temperature rise at the end of
1C.  Thanks for sharing.  I can hear 1C best if I kneel about 2 feet in
front of my Gene Cafe with my ears at the level of the roaster.  It seems
that the sound of the motor and fan go over my head a bit.  
I can sometimes hear 1C very well but not always, seems to be bean specific.
One thing I've noticed is that if I go into 1C at max setting of 482 deg F
there is a much more pronounced crack vs. when I crack with 462 deg F on the
dial.  The last batch of SM I roasted, an Ethiopian, lost chaff right at 1C
but with a recent El Salvador roast the chaff was in full frenzy several
minutes before 1C.  So I guess the chaff will depend on the bean and
processing.
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:01:13 -0800
From: "Steve Scigliano" 
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Hi Phil,
I have been using the Gene Caf? for over two years and understand what you 
mean
about missing first crack. One visual clue that I use is to watch for the 
parchment flying off
the beans; I then put my ear close to the exhaust and listen to the cracks. 
I have also learned
on my particular machine that first crack lasts approximately 2 minutes from
start to end
for 230g of beans. If you do as I do and set the temperature to 475 degrees,
a good visual
clue that first crack is complete is that the temperature begins
to rise (it stays more or less constant during first crack at between 450 
and 460)
Good luck and enjoy
Steve
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8) From: John A C Despres
I think with a little time, you'll hear it with no problem. I can hear first
from across the room after about 2 1/2 years using a GC. Second crack, if I
ever get that far, is more difficult, but a bit of smoke is a good visual
clue.
John
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9) From: Steve Carlson
Congrats on your new roaster.  I love my GeneCafe.  I've had it for about 2
years now, and I swear by it.  Happy roasting.
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