This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I was able to locate a poppery 2 Sat afternoon at the Seattle St Vincent's. under 5, in original box with warranty cards etc. I will be ordering my Caffe Rosta Monday. I made two batches(about 1/2 cup each.(first out of the box and 2nd after installing a thermometer. and making a chimney out of a soup can. Neither of them got to the second stage of cracking and were pale and made a bitter cup. I think that it is because I have a 650Cfm commercial style range hood that not only pulled out any and all smoke but pulled some of the temp out of the unit sitting directly below it. I was able to get 350f and with some playing around about 375f but could not get it to 400f. This is with a Weber thermometer put thru the plastic top into the middle of the can I used to extend the chamber. Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated. RayK
Ray, Try roasting more beans at at time. It is counter intuitive but with more beans there is a reduced air flow and with less air going over the coils, the air gets hotter. Jim Gundlach roasting over pecan wood fires in La Place, Alabama On Sunday, November 24, 2002, at 11:31 AM, Ray Kirkland wrote: <Snip> can. <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Jim wrote: <Snip> This is only safe to do with popcorn poppers and other roasters without electronics, though. I think maybe I've figured out why some people have problems with the HIP/HWP and others don't. I loaded up my HIP with 100g roasts, and damned near killed it. I'm betting the folks that have trouble with burning out their HIPs are overloading them. While the beans were still green they hardly moved at all, and I think that caused the heat to build up to dangerous levels in the bottom of the roaster where the circuit board is. The normal heat/cool cycle began a very strange duty cycle and I had to do a little "rockin'" myself! -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Yes, I forgot to note that if the beans are not stirring, you need to stir them for a while until they get light enough for the air to move them. I found that manual stirring until the chaff starts to fly is a good indicator of having just the right amount of beans to get a second crack out of my popper. Jim Gundlach On Sunday, November 24, 2002, at 03:43 PM, Rick Farris wrote: <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. > I was able to get 350f and with some playing around about 375f but could not get it to 400f. This is with a Weber > thermometer put thru the plastic top into the middle of the can I used to extend the chamber.Any thoughts or > suggestions appreciated. You may need to disconnect the thermostat inside. Search the 'web for instructions. It is fairly easy if you are not frightened by a screwdriver. If that does not work, then you need to slow down the airflow to allow the air to get hotter. Partially block the outlet of the soup can with whatever non-flammable thing you have laying around. You will hear the fan start to labor and slow. Don't do it to the point that the beans no longer agitate.