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1) From: Tim Culver
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literato> After having used the Hearthware Precision for at least a
literato> couple of months now, I'm coming to the conclusion that it
literato> is very difficult for me to achieve the type of roast I
literato> really like.  My problem is that it seems that the roast
literato> goes from tasting green/underdeveloped to a very flat almost
literato> charred flavor.  Its like I can't land on anything in
literato> between.  Generally, when I purchase coffee I like a
literato> relatively dark roast...certainly one that brings a fair
literato> amount of oil to the surface.  However, if I roast to that
literato> degree with the Precision it tastes way too charred.  Even
literato> lighter roasts taste flat.  I gradually bring the roast down
literato> to something that looks way too light for my taste and it
literato> seems to just go from flat to green tasting...never hitting
literato> the "sweet" spot.  Any suggestions?
This sounds like the problem I have with my popcorn popper in hot
weather.  The difficulty is that the roast goes too fast.  How long
does it take you to get just to the "charred" phase?  If it's under
five or six minutes, you could be roasting too fast.
For a popper, there are a few techniques to prolong the roast:
extension cord, roast outside or at night or in front of the air
conditioner, let it cool down completely between roasts, use fewer
beans, stop-stir-start every 30 seconds, etc.
But I don't know if any of those will work with the Hearthware.
-- 
Tim Culver
Chapel Hill, NC ... popper ... solis ... press pot

2) From: Hammonds, Derek
I've started leaving the top off of my WB2 popper when I'm roasting.   I
don't know if this is typical but I find that adds about a minute or so to a
full-city roast, slowing it down a little anyway.  Of course it makes a mess
(depending on the bean) with the chaff, but that's no biggie since I'm
roasting outside.
I'd like to see some plans on how to disconnect the heating element in a WB2
so I can use one as a cooling device and roast with the other...  Can
someone refer me to a web site or provide me with this information?
Derek,
Gahanna, Ohio
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3) From: Tim Culver
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dh> I'd like to see some plans on how to disconnect the heating
dh> element in a WB2 so I can use one as a cooling device and roast
dh> with the other...  Can someone refer me to a web site or provide
dh> me with this information?
I'd like to see this too, but I'm a little pessimistic.  The one
popper I've taken apart (not a WB) had the heater and the fan in
series.  I didn't want to short out the heater for fear of frying the
motor.
Now that I think about it, I could have replaced it with a resistor.
Don't you just love a hobby that sends you to the thrift store *and*
to Radio Shack.
-- 
Tim Culver
Chapel Hill, NC ... popper ... solis ... press pot


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