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Topic: Just bought a Swissmar Alpenrost (4 msgs / 82 lines)
1) From: john
Hey all.
I used to do some roasting about 10 years ago (with a modified
popper), and then other things had to take priority.  Wanting to get
back into it, I got a great deal on an Alpenrost from somebody on
Craigslist.  I've read the pros and cons of it, and am hoping to use
this as a stepping stone toward getting something even better in the
future.
A quick question: since the numbers on it don't change the temperature
- only the time - should I even bother worrying about which number to
use?  I know you can't see the roast, but you can hear it (and I
believe you can manually override it and automatically kick in the
cooling cycle), so I'm wondering if I should just crank it up and pay
attention.
If this isn't recommended, and you have experience with the Alpenrost,
what do you recommend as far as numbers go for particular beans?
Thanks for your help.  I'm excited to get back into this.  It's been a
long time coming.
~john
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2) From: Dave McCracken
On Saturday, June 04, 2011, you wrote:
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I had an Alpenrost for a few years (till the heating element burned out).  I 
always just cranked the time up and listened.  I usually roasted to the 
beginning of second crack.  The machine is not very noisy and it's easy to 
hear the cracks.
Dave McCracken
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3) From: Starfinder Stanley
ditto; I roast on 15 and force the cool when at the appropriate point, which
varies with bean variety.  Generally takes a few test roasts to figure out
where that point is.  Overloading the alpenrost will give you an uneven
roast; generally no more than 1 cup per load.
I find the weak link is the thermal cutoff switch; I've had 3 or 4
alpenrosts, and when they die that was always the cause.  No problems since
I learned how to replace it.
..Starfinder
On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 8:51 AM, Dave McCracken  wrote:
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4) From: raymanowen
"...what do you recommend as far as numbers go for particular beans?"
Given that you can't taste numbers- at least, I can't- Go for the Gusto in
the cup. If that needs to be identical from roast-to-roast, bet me you can't
duplicate it from one lot to another.
Maybe I'm in the rong damn pew... Foulgers sells Same. (Rhymes with Lame)
Maybe they have your number?  -ro
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