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Topic: Roasting problems (5 msgs / 109 lines)
1) From: Tomenid
Look I've tried all kinds of roasters and have come to the conclusion that  
most of them are built by if not idiots people who just want it work for a 
few  weeks and then it's your problem. Two roasters I got had thermostats 
that burnt  coffee to a Spanish roast in half the time it was supposed to take 
to do  a  city roast. Replaement roasters worked well for a time but even 
with constant  care began to fluctuate all over the place, It wasn't the most 
imaginative  roaster but the Gene was the most consistent and gave me the 
best coffee but the  first ones had all kinds of problems and parts that 
failed right and left. The  Behmor is just inconsistent from coffee to coffee 
from batch to batch--and of  course isn't the best machine to use if you want 
to get a darker roast. So I'm  still waiting for a decent home roasting 
machine that won't cost me an arm and  leg. It shouldn't be that hard to make 
one. Then again, no one has....
Tom
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2) From: Terry McVay \(rr\)
Tom, I know how you feel.. I fix computers for a living just now.
What you may want to reconsider is whether or not you can dial
down the technology..  Heatgun Dogbowl, wok roasting, air popper,
anything to avoid a computer chip for right now might be a help..
Best of luck!
Terry
Drum roasting in Kona 
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3) From: Greg's Gmail Address
I found roasting happiness for a relatively small investment (~$500) a few
years back using BBQ drum techniques and equipment.  Not perfect, but still
makes me smile (almost) every roast.  The most recent negative results were
due to me being greedy and trying to roast too much at a time - lid popped
open, beans got stuck in the lid, 2 pounds in the BBQ, fire, frowny face,
hose, cleanup, more sadness, etc.  Machine redeemed itself the very next
roast, though.  A perfect batch of my own version of Puro Scuro.
Granted this method is not for every person/house/climate, but it works
great for me and didn't cost an arm and a leg (if I had the gas grill it
would have been about $200).
Best, Greg
On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM, Terry McVay (rr) wrote:
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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And no one will or can. A good comercial 1lb roaster runs $5k. A good
commercial/home 0.5lb roaster runs $700-$1200 (HotTop or Quest).
What makes anyone think it "shouldn't be that hard" to build a "cheap" home
roaster with excellent control and repeatability? They already are made with
the capabilities possible for the prices paid. Don't like the performance of
the cheapo roasters like the Behmor or I-Roar etc., you gotta pay to play
with real control and repeatability.
Or invest the time and effort to modify/build yourself. I had excellent
control and repeatability using split wired dual variable boosted voltage
controlled (modified) Caffe' Rostos for years before turning professional. 
Slave to the Bean  miKe mcKoffee
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URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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5) From: Yakster
Home Roaster's are a pretty small, niche market, and bringing this kind of
product to market with safety testing and certification isn't easy.
That's why heat guns and SC/TO setups are popular.
I still love my Behmor, but I'm a door surfer to stretch first crack.
-Chris
On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 9:28 AM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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