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Topic: My first roast. Need some guidance. (2 msgs / 96 lines)
1) From: Jason Molinari
Hey all, just got my beans today. This is what happened.
Its cold here, about 35, roasting with a poppery 2....
I put 1/2 cup into popper...turn it on, make a long story short..stopped it at 22 minutes and having heard no cracks. Its a light city roast.
Put 3/4 cup trying to speed up roast. 15 minutes, no cracks again just over a light city roast.
Both those were monkey blend.
I try the donkey blend inside the house..
8 minutes..rolling 2nd crack...yay:)...oops..maybe have gone a little far...its a dark city roast...was bout 450 degrees.
house = smelly!
4th batch monkey.. went outside and put the roaster in a box, that was acutally just big enough to hold it...so the ambient air was really getting warm.  Got to what i guess is a rolling 2nd crack in 4.5 minutes!  Dumped the beans since Tom said to dump at a rolling 2nd. What is odd, is that the beans seem rahter light! Looks like a city roast (the picture from SM). I thought 2nd crack started around a full city...but this looks light...
So..anyhow, i know i'm supposed to let th ebeans rest for a while, but i couldnt resist...i pulled a shot of DOnkey..and it tasted like CRAP!!! It tasted liek i had a mouthful of dirt. I really hope it gets better with age!
Can anyone address my roast issues?
thanks
jason
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2) From: Ed Needham
Sounds like the Donkey might have gone a bit too far.  Dirt, or stinky
ashtray smell usually means too dark.  Find a place where you can maintain a
consistent roast environment, and do a bit of experimenting.  Do a roast that
stops before second crack, another that stops at second crack, and another
about 15 to 30 seconds into second crack.  Compare them side by side and
figure out how to roast the rest of that batch.  A roast that works for drip
might be really different used as espresso, so that's another variable.
On a cold day, roasting in a box, or indoors is pretty much your only option.
Cold ambient air can really mess up roasting temps using a small air
popper/roaster.  Some on this list have tweaked their poppers so they get
better results.  I'll let them tell you how to do that.  Good luck!
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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