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Topic: iRoast alternatives? (10 msgs / 209 lines)
1) From:
Today our well-used iRoast 2 started acting up, so I went online to see
about a replacement.  Out of stock until JUNE?!?!?!?  Oh no! (visions of
being without coffee)
So now what?  Are there any alternatives that would keep an iRoast user
happy?  I roast in pretty small quantities, about 3/4 of a cup of green
beans at a time.  Preferred roasts are on the darker side, usually into 2nd
crack, but no espresso.
Noise, smoke and within reason cost are not issues.
As an aside, anyone know why they should be out of stock for so long?  I
thought everything was "just in time" manufacturing these days. )
Dave
St. Petersburg, Florida USA
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2) From: Jim Couch
Don't believe the stuff about a Behmor not being able to get into second
crack........
Or, if money is no object the HotTop.
Main advantage of the iR2 was it's ability to bring out "bright" attributes
but if you are going on into 2nd anyway.......
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3) From: Sandy Andina
Wok & whisk on an outdoor grill.
On Mar 27, 2010, at 10:20 AM, dc wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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4) From: Sam49
$10 heat gun from Harbour Freight.http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber–289Used aluminum bowl from a Salvation Army / Goodwill, etc.  I drilled 3 
holes in the edge of the bottom of mine so the installing 3 sheet metal 
screws gave me outwardly slanted legs so the bowl wouldn't slide around.
Wooden spoon to stir.
After rewiring a hot air popper, etc., I switched to the heat gun this 
winter because I could roast outside in the cold - MD not FL.
I'm not sure I'll go back to the popper when it warms up.
Gotta go roast a couple of small batches this afternoon.
Sam
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5) From: Phil Palmintere
I received my Gene Café a couple months ago, having spent a year using a =
hot
air popcorn popper.
I like it.
The only negative I see (actually hear, or more to the point, don't hear) is
that because I'm a bit hard of hearing, I have to pay close attention to
hear 2nd crack.  But if I pay attention, there is no problem.
In the grander scheme of things, I would have liked to have a more
powerful/quicker cool-down (e.g., dump hot beans into a colander & use a
strong fan).  The beans take a good 5+ mins. to cool down, whereas with my
old popcorn popper and industrial fan, I could cool them to room temperature
in about 45 seconds.  However, I haven't figured out if the difference in
cool-down times can be tasted in the cup.
Anyway, two thumbs up for the Gene Café from me.
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6) From: raymanowen
Or, if you would like to invest $100 in a roasting setup with a second 100%
spare setup and perhaps 10# of SM greens, we have ways. My German friend's
family used to vacation among the St. Pete's Creakies. Hoping you're not in
the phylum Creakie, an exoskeleton, segmented body, and jointed appendages,
I recommend the Sight, Sound and Smell (3S) technique.
Heat guns and either a metal bowl or a bread machine on Dough cycle are
highly controllable roasters. From the small quantity up to 1kg, you can do
it. Eschew the variable temperature heat guns. What they do with phase
control and a false readout, you can do faster with position control of the
HG itself.
"Out Of Stock Until..." means they are going to drop the piano on future
marks with the iRoast 2.1 with maybe 5% greater capacity, flash card roast
profile programming and a higher speed cooling blower. Hide and watch.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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7) From: Lynne
Small aluminum pan and wooden spoon on the stove.
12 - 14 minutes stirring on med - med high heat.
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8) From: The Boss
pan roasting usually puts out some smoke & chaff, so if done indoors ya
gotta be ready for it..
I used a hot air popper for a while but eventually built a roaster from a
little ol BBQ.  Gutted & cleaned it, got a new burner, built a handcrank
from pipes with a stainless steel drum.  It works good in any weather..  ;)
On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM, Lynne  wrote:
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9) From: miKe mcKoffee
ALL coffee roasting produces smoke, regardless the degree of roast. Some
roasting methods the smoke is more noticeable than others. And of course the
darker the finish degree of roast the more smoke produced at the end of the
roast. And again of course, the larger the batch the more smoke produced.
But smoke is present (whether visually noticeable or not) any size batch and
far before 2nd crack, even far before 1st crack.
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10) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 31, 2010, at 7:56 PM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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Yeah, roasting smoke becomes noticeable and smells change shortly before 1st crack starts (using heatgun). And yes, more smoke when entering 2nd, if I make it that far.
On Mar 28, 2010, at 3:21 PM, Phil Palmintere wrote:
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Yeah, I'm planning on building a cooler sometime soon. I have most of the parts. At the core is the coffee filter pan portion from a percolator coffee urn. There is a central tube which I'm going to run a bolt through, I have a motor that turns at a stately pace (field effect motor with gear train, not sure of the exact RPMs), and I plan to build a mixing blade out of a strip of oak I have. The fan I'll use is a like a 10" diameter muffin fan (round case). We'll see how long it actually takes me to find the time to build, but I have a plan, anyway. Just need to figure out how to attach the motor to the pan. If I do pull this off, I'll be sure to post pics :)
I have another percolator urn that I'm dreaming of turning into a roaster :D
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allon
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