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Topic: Alpenrost Problems for Homeroast List Posting (6 msgs / 139 lines)
1) From: Jeff Woods
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Help !  I don't understand why my Alpenrost roasters keep breaking.
 
I've previsouly been using a Freshroast Plus with no problems. (Except
the dial quicky broke so I have to manually hold it in the "on" position
when roasting.)
 
Looking for a larger capacity, I purchased the Swissmar Alpenrost
roaster for Christmas.
 
It broke during my second roast. It went completely "dead," shutting
down in the middle of my second roast. (The first roast was a week
earlier - no problems) All attempts to restore any kind of power to the
machine failed. No lights, no heat, to tumbling.......nothing.
 
Swissmar quickly replaced the machine. This new machine (machine #2)
broke during the first roast. After about 3 minutes into the first
roast, the machine shut down but managed to display a "1" in the LED
readout. Nothing would change the display from a "1." Buttons would not
work and the machine would not tumble the beans or heat up.
 
Swissmar is now sending me machine #3. I'm almost scared to turn it on.
 
Has anyone had similar problems with the Alpenrost?
 
Thanks,
 
Jeff

2) From: Ben Treichel
No, but I have a spare timer for your FR if you want it. If you do, send 
me your snail off list, and then start a new Tradition thread.
Ben
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3) From: Michael Vanecek
Sounds like you got a couple of duds. Third time's the charm. :) I had 
that happen once, but the other two Alps I have work fine and have taken 
a beating for quite some time...
Cheers,
Mike
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4) From: dewardh
Jeff:
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My brother-in-law is on his third in less than a year . . . my one try "worked" 
(as an incinerator) right out of the box . . . the Rosto I got to replace it 
has suffered innumerable disassemblies, modifications and torments by variac, 
but all its original parts still work.
Deward
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5) From: Mike McGinness
From: "dewardh" 
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I've got to second Deward here. (surprise:-) Though I've heard of a couple
recently purchased Rosto thermal failures, my two year old Rosto & coming up
on one year old Rosto both take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. You KNOW I
abuse them too! Great up to 1/2# roaster IMNSHO! 5min or 25min roast, you
decide. Just a "few" modifications and a couple variable transformers and
you can make sing whatever roast song you want. 2oz to 9oz no problem. (much
below 4oz batch I don't have thermometer in bean mass though:-)
MM;-) aka Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Dual Variable Transformer Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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6) From: Rick Farris
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MessageI ran twenty-some roasts within the first three days of getting my
Alpenrost (Dec-20), and had no problem at all.  I now have another prolly 20
roasts on it, and still no problems.  Well, one problem.  Or maybe it's a
feature.  Each roast in the Alp is lighter than the one previous *unless you
wipe out the machine!*  After six or seven roasts the shiny parts are all
brown and I'm lucky to get to 2nd crack before the 20 minutes are up.
As someone pointed out, though, if you wipe the machine down after every
roast, you can clean it with a damp cloth -- no need to resort to cleaning
solutions.
-- Rick


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