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Topic: My AlpenRost is working now.. (25 lines)
1) From: Texinga
Mike and others having problems,
I posted earlier saying that I had gone through the diagnostic checks on my 
Alp and that I was going to try another roast.  Well, it worked!!!  When I 
was on the phone today with the guy that invented the Alp, I told him that I 
liked a medium roast, probably what most folks call "City".  He suggested 
that I try a setting of 4 on the unit, listen for 1st crack, go two minutes 
past 1st crack and then press the "cool" button to start the cool cycle.  I 
followed this advice just a little while ago and the beans turned out 
beautiful.
For those interested, I was roasting 8oz of Sweet Maria's Kenya AB beans.  On 
a setting of 4, the 1st crack occurred at 12 1/2 minutes.  I went 2 minutes 
longer and pressed the "cool" button making the total roast time of 14 1/2 
minutes.  Had I allowed the unit to continue to its full timed roast, it 
would have roasted for 17mins 20 seconds which would have been too much for 
this bean and my liking.  
I also did this roast on my deck using a 14ga extension cord so I could set 
the Alp on a card table, watch it and make notes.  I guess what I've learned 
so far is that no matter what setting I choose, it doesn't really mean that 
much.  I still have to listen for 1st crack and time from there depending 
upon the bean.  Anyway, I'm glad my unit isn't broke after all and it's a lot 
of fun when you see those beans and they look just right.


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