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Topic: AlpenVac (3 msgs / 48 lines)
1) From: Barry Corliss
I found a great little vaccuum for the Alpenrost: Kensington Desktop Vac. It
plugs into the wall (no batteries) and has a snout that fits right in
between the coils of the Alpenrost. Sucks up all that chaff that falls to
the bottom when the chaff tray is removed - really works great!
I bought it at Office Depot where it was on clearance sale for $9.95 (marked
down from $19.95). 5 year guarantee, though it works so well I bought a few
at that great price.
As for the Alp's performance - I'm seeing dark, dark roasts at "8". "6" was
perfect for Sulawesi Fat Bean, scorched Harar Horse. I'm going by my ears
now as I learn more about the device and new beans. I time the roasts with a
stopwatch and correlate the times with the Alp time chart to make repeat
roasts semi-automatic.
Barry
Barry Corliss
MASTER WORKS CD Mastering
Seattle, WA   (206) 282-2274http://www.master-works.com

2) From: Michael Vanecek
Hee hee. I "inheritted" a vac from my wife when she got another one from
her mom. It has an attachment for getting into small places that works
perfectly for the Alp. 
I've been getting very good results with a lightish roast on the
Zimbabwe Pinnacle Co-op at setting 5. I tried a lighter setting and
didn't like the taste - too bright for a Zimbabwe. I liked a darker
roast that I did earlier - 6 or 7, but my wife didn't. So 5 seems to be
the compromise unless I go to doing His and Hers... :)
I've found the cracks a little hard to pick out from all the noise the
beans make while tumbling around in the drum. With 1/2 pound I expect a
lot of action around 12 minutes, but it's rather muted with a few
outstanding pops. Maybe a stethoscope is in order. :)
Mike
Barry Corliss wrote:
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3) From: Angelo
You could put a little mic real close, crank up the stereo, and enjoy the
cracks as some avant garde "music"...;-)
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