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Topic: Subject: Re +Alpenrost (31 lines)
1) From: McConnel
Alpenrosters:
Last May after 15 years of  every kind of popcorn popper I got an Alpenrost.
Previous roasting experience helped me to understand what was going on in
that drum so I could manually override it as necessary. It performed well,
if mindlessly. In the winter, in the carport at 50 degrees F it usually
won't reach second crack, so I set it at 15 go inside, set an alarm timer
for 15 minutes and return in time to check the progress. When it goes into
cool cycle I unplug and replug it and start a new roast cycle which I watch
carefully because it doesn't take long after that. When I hear second crack
I might barely lift the lid and check the roast color and smell, hitting the
cool cycle when I figure it's done. Winter roasts take about 3 to 4 minutes
more than our 100+ degree summer days. I would prefer if it had a simple
spring timer and a simple heat control as well as the cool cycle. I am
always second-guessing the timing circuitry depending on ambient air temp,
weight of the roast, etc. I vary the weight alot in part to play with roast
profile and overall time. I've roasted 275 grams with no unevenness. 150
grams can get to second crack pretty fast.. My first Alpenrost gave out
after 200 or so roasts--circuit problem, just wouldn't boot up. Second one
so far so good at 54 roasts.  Long winter roasts are just fine for espresso
but make for dulled presspot drunk black so I got a Hearthware Gourmet for
backup and that old popcorn popper zing. I would be interested in cranking
up the potentiometer on my Alpenrost for a quicker ramp up if it didn't hurt
the machine. Anybody have any thoughts on how to do that or if it's even
wise?
tommcconnel
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