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Topic: homebrewing homeroasters (4 msgs / 91 lines)
1) From: Jim Parker
Alexandre Enkerli asks:
Ben Treichel :
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I assume Ben means beer brewing. Speaking of which, are there
homebrewers here?
After 15 years of homebrewing (including a stint as director of the American
Homebrewers Association), I took up homeroasting more than a year ago. There
are many parallels between the beer and coffee worlds and quite a bit of
overlap. (In fact, back in 1998 when I was running a brewpub in Nederland,
Colo., we won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for our
"Coffee Porter.")
You see several homebrew supply shops now carrying green beans, as the two
hobbies appeal to the same kind of person: someone who wants extra control,
extra freshness and extra quality from their beverages. I'm sure there are
also several home bakers, perhaps a distiller or two and probably a handful
of home cheesemakers here.
As someone who has spent 15 years involved in the beer industry, I have to
agree with Ben's original comment about a lack of caring being the downfall
of many who got on board the craftbrewing boom in the '90s. And it will be
the same in the coffee biz. Those operators who have a true passion for
their product and a commitment to quality will always rise tot he top.
Cheers,
Jim Parker
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2) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 02:01 PM 1/26/2003, Jim Parker typed:
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I have noticed the greens but can't say I would trust the quality.  And 
yes, baker (grind my own grain when I can), cheesemaker (from my own 
goats), and well, I have some of the equipment for distilling but never got 
the time or nerve up to try.  There is definitely that appeal of extra 
control to make it better, or at least how you want it.
--
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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3) From: Tom Fries
At 12:06 AM 1/28/03 -0600, you wrote:
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Hi there,
I have been reading this list now for about 2 months when I started home 
roasting.  I have been a homebrewer now for 22 years.  I also home bake and 
on occasion have made cheese too. There are two local homebrew shops in my 
area that carry coffee roasters and green beans, although I have not bought 
beans from them.  One of them even sells a BBQ roaster, which is basically 
a popcorn popper with a special high temperature non stick coating.  You 
have to give it a shake every 5-10 seconds.  That's a lot of shaking!  The 
home roasting community is a lot like the homebrewing community.  We all 
are eager to share our knowledge and results with others.
Currently, I have 2 WBII's that I got at Goodwill and variac that I got at 
a local electronics store.  I have been roasting about 2# a week.  It is 
going to take some time to get consistent results, but I am getting there. 
Thanks to all on this list for your help.
Cheers,
Tom Fries
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4) From: Steve Wall
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My nearest homebrew supply store carries hydroponic gardening equipment,
including all sorts of big grow lights.  I wonder what second hobby that
could be catering to? :-)
Steve Wall
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