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Topic: Ok - they'll continue (63 lines)
1) From: John - Deep Southern Texas
I love this list.  I wasn't looking for a vote of confidence honestly - but
thanks for the support.
I think I've figured out several things about the HotTop.  First is that it
is another generation of appliance above what I've been using. This device
doesn't need all the clever things we've conjured up together on the list -
like tilt angels, chimneys, variacs and all of that fun stuff.  It arrives
knowing how to do its job very well.
1. Don't tilt the unit.  When I fired it up the first time - the beans were
stacking against the viewing port, so I did what we all do and tilted the
unit to move the beans back into the drum. MISTAKE - the beans now overflow
the input end and wind their way down into and around the chaff collector
below the drum. Not good for anything - and creating a little noise.
2. The unit is EXTREMELY repeatable.  My log times for the number 5 setting
are identical for the same bean, only three seconds different for the next
bean group.  I said earlier that it is not a set it and forget it unit - but
its close.  It would be foolish to ever leave this thing running without an
observer - it is after all an oven, motor, electrical device.   But until
second the end of first crack you don't have much to do but make log entries
 At second crack you may want to exert a little control with an early eject
command, or possibly a hit or two on the plus button to extend the roast.
3. You really must clean out the machine after each roast.  It doesn't take
but seconds.  I actually pull the end plate and run the vacuum into it.
Before the next roast (cooling time).
4. With the HotTop sitting on the stove, with the exhaust fan running before
I hit start, there was almost NO smoke.  I could smell the beans (and drool)
but no smoke in my eyes or lungs.  And when the unit had finished its cool
down cycle, the shell was hot to the touch, but not hot enough to burn me if
I pushed on it.  My hands take a lot of heat (except yesterday when they
suddenly became normal) so I am not advising anyone to touch the outer shell
for 20 minutes after the machine is unplugged.
5. Because the device has a processing chip - I unplug it when I've finished
with each roast.  I will probably give it its own circuit breaker and just
trip that when I finish. 
6. I just had a god-shot from Isle of St. Helena that I roasted today -
three days is the normal resting period.  This was COFFEE!  
For my roasts I think the majority will be run on level 5 and possibly a
couple of plus strokes on some of the beans that I want darker.  I think the
4 roast was a bit light - but will give the Costa Ricans another try at that
setting soon (running out of storage).
Profile of a perfect roast follows:
Preheat
at ready beep poured in exactly 250grams of ISH
    3:40 - beans begin to pick up just a bit of color and you can now smell
them
    4:12 - surprise!  A small group of outlings pull off their own first
crack
    14:45 First crack
    16:05 end of first
    17:00 second crack
    17:40 auto eject of beans - cycle ended
Beautiful dark brown beans.  One or two beans show a spot of oil - which
disappeared when cool.
They looked so good, smelled so great when I was roasting, that while
bagging them I just had to run some through the Zassenhaus and pull a shot
on the La Pavoini (which goes back into storage when all this testing ends).
 This was truly a god-shot.  So while I was typing this, I pulled another. 
I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!
John- wondering what that scraping noise is that starts about 2 minutes into the cycle.
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