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Topic: 20amp Variac (5 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
I've decided to get the 20amp Variac. I plan on using it to slow down the
roast on the Caffe' Rosto, especially outdoors during the summer. I found
the same one, model 2090, as offered by a greens merchant for $125, athttp://store.yahoo.com/webtronics/varacouttran.htmlfor $110, plus a free
DMM ($30 value...) thrown in for orders over $50 so it qualifies -http://www.web-tronics.com/freedmmoffer.htmlAfter re-reading DK's Coffee Roasting Romance & Revival book I decided I
wanted to try some longer roasts for more body & complexity. Especially
interested to see how it'll effect Central Americans. Maybe around 12-15 min
for Full City instead of my current 8 to 9. More will be revealed...
Also adding a thermometer to the Rosto. Need to get a second lid first just
in case I break it! Plan on drilling at an angle through the top front so a
thermometer can go through the inner exhaust opening into the bean
channel...
MM;-)
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2) From: Bob Trancho
Mike,
Great minds think alike.  I just got shipping confirmation on my order
for the 2090 from the same vendor.  I'm using it with the Rosto also.
I'd be interested in comparing notes with you once we get going.
Bob
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3) From: Jim Schulman
On 4 Jun 2002 at 17:41, Mike McGinness wrote:
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I've been using the 5 amp/$60 model from the same place completely 
successfully with my 1200 watt FR+  for about 20 roasts now. The literature 
with these units says they're designed for stopping & starting motorized 
presses; this implies a good deal of overdesign to handle the 3 to 4 times as 
high amperage of a starting motor. If you saw my unit, you'd see what I mean -
 the five amp model weighs in at 25 pounds.
BTW, I use it to extend the roasts on my FR+ from about 6 minutes to about 
9 by running low at the roast's start and going back to normal voltage when 
the first crack starts. It adds a little body and oomph to the 
chocolate/spice/nut flavors.
Jim
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4) From: dewardh
Mike:
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in case I break it! Plan on drilling at an angle through the top front so a
thermometer can go through the inner exhaust opening into the bean
channel...
I think you'll find it a lot easier to go in either through the face of the 
"control panel", or along side it, into the "bean channel" of the roast chamber 
from the side.  Coming down through the lid would make for unnecessary 
interference getting the lid off and on, to no particular advantage.
Deward
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5) From: Mike McGinness
From: "dewardh" 
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It won't be permanently mounted in the lid, will slide in & out. I don't
want to drill through the SS roast chamber.
MM;-)
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