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Topic: Alpenrost Times (6 msgs / 89 lines)
1) From: mgeis
I have finally determined that with 8 oz of S. Mandeheling, a setting of #5
on my Alpenrost gives me a just-at-the-start-of 2nd crack roast (my
favorite) and a setting of #10 takes the roast about 1.5 minutes into 2nd
crack (my wife's favorite).  This would appear to mean that my machine runs
a bit hot.  Do others get this sort of result?
Mike Geis

2) From: Jiawei Ye
Mike,
The Alp is affected by the ambient temperature, which you will have to tune
the time based on smell and sound and smoke.
I get nice rich coffee at setting of 8 in winter, but now at this time of
the year, I have to manually stop the machine to get a light roast and a
setting of 3 get me between 1st and 2nd crack.
Happy roasting :)
Jiawei Ye

3) From: Ken Wilson
Ohhh.
Whats the difference between winter and summer temperatures in your part of
the world?
Ken

4) From: Texinga
In a message dated 7/14/2000 8:06:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
mgeis writes:
<< I have finally determined that with 8 oz of S. Mandeheling, a setting of #5
 on my Alpenrost gives me a just-at-the-start-of 2nd crack roast >>
A setting of #5 indicates that you are probably roasting for a total of 17 
mins 35 seconds (excluding cool down and ejection periods).  On my Alp, on 
average I can hit the start of 2nd crack around 15.5 to 16 minutes (depending 
upon the bean).  This is why the settings are mostly useless for me, so I 
just put it on 15 and manually control the unit.  SwissMar has offered to 
replace my unit, but I kinda like it the way it is.  I'd rather have more 
room to play on the back-end of the time capability than have less on the 
front end.  Yours sounds like it's a tad to the hot side too, but I'd 
consider it a blessing rather than a problem (IMO).  :^)

5) From: mgeis
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of #5
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That sounds about right.
On my Alp, on
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(depending
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I agree both that mine runs hot and that I like that.  That is certainly
better than the alternative.  I used to put in on 15, set my stop watch, and
then come monitor the roast around 15 minutes in.  Then I got bored with the
process.
Mike
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6) From: Jiawei Ye
I roast in my kitchen. In the winter it's down to around 15-19 degrees
celcius (I don't think this is a problem actually) but in the summer, it
goes around 27-34 degrees celcius which is a BIG problem. I now use my Visor
to time the roast.
Jiawei Ye


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