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Topic: Using an air popper for simple profiles (3 msgs / 127 lines)
1) From: Janomac
Thanks, Andy!
I've been using my old Poppery "1" (the original model) since I first
picked up beans from Sweet Marias in 2006-07. I've owned the popper since I
got it as a wedding gift 36 years ago!
I keep "meaning" to mod the heater coil for on/off, as you say, but never
seem to get around to it. I've been doing this long enough that I know how
to tilt the machine to achieve similar results and have controlled
length/heat of roast by varying the mass of beans, but after 6 years or
more, you'd think I'd get more into the profiling and extending the
roasting time to take advantage of some of the qualities of certain beans.
I know some of my roasts good definitely be improved by lowering the temp
and extending the time to get to and stretch out 1st crack. The only way
right now is to use a really small load of beans.
Maybe I'll mod the popper "next" weekend! (grin)
Kirk
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2) From: Andy Thomas
I forgot to mention one manipulation I do that increases the air flow. I to=
ok the bottom off my popper -- both the plastic =
one and the metal plate under it -- and I place the roaster on a small =
box fan that is laying down flat so it blows air up into the guts of the po=
pper. This gives the internal fan a boost and helps slow things down.
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Here's a link to a thread at homeroasters.org, with lots of ideas for Poppe=
ry mods: =http://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=270=
(I hope it's OK to post that link here). I'm sure there are also other site=
s with good info.
 From: Janomac 
To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this list,=
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Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 1:04 PM
Subject: [Homeroast] Using an air popper for simple profiles
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Thanks, Andy!
I've been using my old Poppery "1" (the original model) since I first
picked up beans from Sweet Marias in 2006-07. I've owned the popper since I
got it as a wedding gift 36 years ago!
I keep "meaning" to mod the heater coil for on/off, as you say, but never
seem to get around to it. I've been doing this long enough that I know how
to tilt the machine to achieve similar results and have controlled
length/heat of roast by varying the mass of beans, but after 6 years or
more, you'd think I'd get more into the profiling and extending the
roasting time to take advantage of some of the qualities of certain beans.
I know some of my roasts good definitely be improved by lowering the temp
and extending the time to get to and stretch out 1st crack. The only way
right now is to use a really small load of beans.
Maybe I'll mod the popper "next" weekend! (grin)
Kirk
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3) From: John Nanci
In many ways, I see no issue at all with what you are doing.  I LOVED 
roasting in my WB1.  I had a modified it for the heater switch, and 
had all the various air flows opened up, but that was it.  I profiled 
just like you are doing by load, tilting, etc.  And following the 
adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, I would suggest the same.  I 
only 'moved up' to building my own drum roaster because I love 
building and challenge and I was tired of roasted 3 or times a 
week.  Really the later being the main item.  5-6 oz just was not 
cutting it any more.  So, if you are happy, I'd say don't 'fix' it.
Cheers.
John
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