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Topic: Do Australian Rostos spin clockwise? (3 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Jim Schulman
A Chicago Rosto newbie, Craig, posted an 
alt.coffee message looking for help. There's no 
other Rosto alties or CSAs in the area, so I 
volunteered. It was my first hands on on the 
Rosto.
It's a great machine, and I like the "racecourse" 
bean movement, it gives good volume in a confined 
enough space to make moving beans easy.
Unfortunately, it's one of the new models that 
stalls at the first crack. Planted a TC so it was 
brushed by the beans, and got a peak reading at 
420F; every thirty seconds the temperature dropped 
to 360 as, presumably, the thermostat cut out. 
Craig and I decided that a call to Brightway was 
in order.
Had to get out the Freshroast to show him the 
cracks and how to smell/see the degree of roast 
while it's in progress.
Despite the glitch on this one, this is an 
inpressive roaster, and not nearly as noisy as I 
was led to expect (to me, it's quiter then either 
Hearthware; Craig and I had no trouble talking 
while next to it). Smoke conbtrol was also a 
synch, just used some tinfoil to link a dryer duct 
to the exhaust vent above the control knob.
My only cavil was that I had to stand up to see 
the beans, since one has to look down into it, and 
I like to sit next to the roaster.
Jim Schulman
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2) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Jim Schulman" 
 Smoke conbtrol was also a
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I wonder if that had anything to do with the low high end heat since it's
not just exhaust. The Rosto re-circulates part of the air. I really don't
know, I've never attempted to *vent* the Rosto, just moved it into the
garage...
Also, what was the batch size? I've tested mine empty and the max temp is
below 400f. Fill 'em up and no problem making charcoal. Might try adding
greens with the fan running until they barely move, and I mean hardly at
all, like just a very slow rippling wave motion. It's how I start my roasts.
As they dry they pick up major speed and I cut the fan voltage to slow them
down. It yields a very very even roast...
MM;-) aka Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Dual Variable Transformer Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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3) From: Jim Schulman
Thanks Mike, I've forwarded your response to 
Chris, the newbie roaster I might have misled.
Jim Schulman
On 3 Feb 2003 at 21:16, Mike McGinness wrote:
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