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Topic: Alpenrost max roast time? (4 msgs / 88 lines)
1) From: John Blumel
Can anyone verify the end time a setting of 15 gives on an Alpenrost. I 
had been timing roasts sporadically but lost my earlier data. I was 
'certain' that 15 would end at 21 minutes but recent timings always max 
at at 20 minutes for a 15 setting. Was the 21 minutes just a memory error 
on my part or has my Alp actually changed its roast times?
John Blumel
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2) From: Paul Goelz
At 12:47 PM 5/19/02 -0500, you wrote:
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As far as I know, the Alp time settings begin at either 16:15 or 16:30 and
increase in 15 second jumps from there.  
HOwever, the latest version has some method that comensates for external
ambient and I am not sure if it plays with time or temperature.  I think it
plays with temperature....
BTW, my replaced Alp (new version) has been 100% reliable, with every
single roast turning out exactly the same as the last.  I set it and walk
away.  Really nice!
Paul Goelz
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3) From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Alan?=
Firstly every Alp is defiantly different and every one seems to have slightly
different timings.
More importantly the V3 Alps are completely different to all that came before,
the external sensor changes the roast time (defiantly the time) according to
ambient temperatures, so it is almost "set and forget".  As long as the bean
weight is (very) constant, the result is constant.  The only time I had major
changes and a setting of 11 result in burnt beans is when I did the first
cleaning.  Now I roast at 7 or 8 and clean after a Kg or two.
Unfortunately the "set and forget" and not being able to see the beans does make
it less fun, so I bought a popper as well.  For consistency and convenience I use
the Alp, for fun, small amounts and tests I use the popper.
Alan
 --- Paul Goelz  wrote: > At 12:47 PM 5/19/02 -0500, you
wrote:
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4) From: John Blumel
On Mon, 20 May 2002 06:45:15 -0400, Paul Goelz wrote:
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Well, if a '1' is 16:30 then a '15' would be 20:00 exactly. This also
matches an independent report of a '9' setting ending at 18:30 so it
seems probably correct. Thanks Paul. 
I haven't really gone the distance with my Alpenrost very often but
recent attempts at roasting SM's French Roast Blend (SMFRB) ended in
failure with the heat cutting off at 20 minutes and 2nd crack just
getting started. (Just as a test, I turned some old Guat. SHB into
charcoal with no problem.) Anyway, it looks like the wok on the side
burner of my grill or break out the HWP for the remaining pound.
John Blumel
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