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Topic: [+Beginners Questions] (59 lines)
1) From: Rick Farris
Good luck on your plan to turn the crank on the mailing list and get answ=
ers
to a list of questions to come out.  It's never worked particularly well =
for
me, but it's worth a try.  =
I do have a comment for you, though:
Coffeebugger wrote:
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Try roasting several batches in a row.  I always roast six batches.  The =
first
one takes longer than the rest.  The second one is a little shorter, and =
by
the third batch, the HIP is warmed up and producing consistent results.
I use the first batch to roast all the way through 1st crack and about to=
 a
rolling second.  (I never roast darker than that.)  At that point, I have=
 a
good general idea of the roast profile wrt the bean I'm working with.  Wi=
th my
second batch I try to roast just a few snaps into 2nd crack.  In my log, =
for
each batch, I note the time of the second snap of 1st crack, the time of
rolling 1st, the time of the last snap of 1st, the time to 2nd crack, and=
 the
time to rolling 2nd, as well as the time at which I stopped the roast.
My baseline is the first run.  The second run is a dialing in roast, and =
by
the third batch I've gotten the profile down to where I can roast to =
"midway between 1st and 2nd," "the end of 1st," or "the first snap of 2nd=
"
with pretty good precision.  Like you, I have a little trouble discerning=
 the
beginning of 2nd on the first two batches, but by the third batch I'm fam=
iliar
enough with the coffee in question to roast it pretty much where I want i=
t.
Six 75g batches in the HIP are about a week's worth of coffee for me, so =
with
six batches, I'm good for a week.  Ymmv.  Even the first two roasts, *if*=
darker than my target, are still pretty good, and give me an opportunity =
for a
little variety.
-- Rick
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