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Topic: Quest M3 tryer usage tips (8 msgs / 171 lines)
1) From: Steve Sakoman
Though I've been home roasting for quite a few years, I've never had a
roaster with a tryer.
All that changed with my shiny new Quest M3.
I must admit to being at a loss as exactly how to make use of this
feature.  During the first few roasts I've extracted a few beans
starting just after first crack and have examined and sniffed every
couple of minutes.
I'll eventually begin to make sense of what I see, but it would be
nice to know what I ought to be looking for!
Is there any online source of solid info on how to make use of a
tryer, and what beans changes one should look for?
Steve
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
What you see and smell equally yet differently valuable, at least that's how
I use a tryer. Make sure you have a good Full Spectrum light. What you are
looking at during various stages you can start by studying Tom's roast
pictorial. Of course different varietals and processing methods will appear
and smell different, you'll gain experience over time and LOTS of batches.
The more you use it the more it will intuitively make sense. 
No, know of zip online source for tryer usage tips.
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3) From: Allon Stern
On Oct 23, 2010, at 10:56 PM, Steve Sakoman wrote:
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When I do a heat gun roast, all I have to do is look down - nothing blocking the view of the beans :D
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I'd start here:http://www.sweetmarias.com/roasting-VisualGuideV2.phpI think the descriptions of the physical characteristics as the bean goes thorugh first crack are most useful.
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4) From: Steve Sakoman
On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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Both you and Mike suggested the same resource, and it is a good one.
I basically recreated these data points by using the tryer to pull a
few beans at each stage and laid them out on a sheet of white paper.
It is quite interesting to see the transformations right in front of
you.  Not sure yet how I will use this in day to day roasting, but it
was quite educational!
I really like the M3 so far.  Having complete control of heat and air
is a "good thing".  I also like that there is plenty of heat available
for half pound roasts, unlike the Hottop which seems to struggle to
finish in a reasonable time.
Steve
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5) From: John Borella
What do you consider a reasonable time for a half lb roast? All my Hottop 
(B) roasts are 227g & I can hit 1C in the 9-10 minute range & finish a brew 
roast in 12-13 minutes. Adding a Variac to give me 120v(or more) throughout 
the roast (if desired) cut my times to 1C by close to 2 minutes over the 
stock set up.
 If the M3 was a 1lbr for that price I'd own one but I can't see spending 
that much for another electric .5lb roaster when I already have the HT. What 
I'd really like is a gas 1lbr which makes the Mini 500 tempting but more $$ 
then I want to invest in home roasting at this point.
John B.

6) From: Robert Yoder
Hi, Steve,
 
What is your typical roast goal (City, City+, Full City, etc.)? 
 
How much smoke do you notice?
 
Thanks, and,
 
Happy Roasting,
 
robert
 
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7) From: Steve Sakoman
On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 12:10 PM, Robert Yoder  wrote:
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95% of the time it is in the City+ to Full City+ range.
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I only have the Hottop to compare with, and it is roughly comparable.
The Hottop might be a tad less due to its filter, but not
significantly so.
Unlike the Hottop, which leaks smoke from a couple spots, all the M3
smoke comes out the fan exhaust grill.
Steve
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8) From: Robert Yoder
Thanks for the info!  It's very helpful to have your take on this little gem.
 
Happy Roasting,
 
robert yoder
 
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