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Topic: my HotTop arrived (5 msgs / 116 lines)
1) From: espresso gin
Well, my HotTop is here and what a nice looking machine, got some weight,
clean rather retro lines that I like and the footprint not oversized at all.
I will roast tonight since I have too much work to do today here on the
ranch though it is really hard not to do a profile or two... the issue being
that I would not stop at one or two!
So roasting profile to follow in a few days.
Any idea for roasting are gratefull appreciated.
Later fellow coffee snobs!
ginny

2) From: John Abbott
Start early - allow 20 minutes for the machine to cool completely
between roasts for more uniform profiles.  Try hard not to roast more
than 8 to 10 pounds the first night. Your neighbors will never know you
have it until you over do the roasting cycle and start giving away 5
pound bags of roast :O)
Enjoy - and remember - don't touch!
On Tue, 2003-05-20 at 14:22, espresso gin wrote:
    Well, my HotTop is here and what a nice looking machine, got some weight,
    clean rather retro lines that I like and the footprint not oversized at all.
    
    I will roast tonight since I have too much work to do today here on the
    ranch though it is really hard not to do a profile or two... the issue being
    that I would not stop at one or two!
    
    So roasting profile to follow in a few days.
    
    Any idea for roasting are gratefull appreciated.
    
    Later fellow coffee snobs!
    
    ginny
    

3) From: espresso gin
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Very funny John,
Actually I wondered how much I should/could do to practice?
What is cool here is my barn is in the middle of 40 acres, so I can roast
all I want and the coffee smells much better than the iron work I am doing!
best,
ginny

4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Congrats Ginny & Terry on your new arrivals. From your early reports sounds
like you're both happy campers!
I continue to contemplate a HotTop and will have a much better (or worse)
idea after playing with wandering John's HotTop at the PNWG. I see pros and
cons versus my current setup. At first glance it appears the HotTop has
larger roast capacity but in fact with it's required cooling period it's
less than my 1# per hour (three 1/3# batches averaging 20min including
cooldown and immediate reload.) I believe exceeds the HotTops yield. I have
total control of the profile, the HotTop you can only add time or end early
as I understand it. A major pro for the HotTop is start a batch and set a
timer for a minute or two before projected end of roast and go do something
else returning to monitor end of roast. (I know I know, should never leave a
roast unattended, but I suspect I would if I could.) My total profile
control requires constant monitoring and voltage changes to achieve profile.
Of course the clear batch size winner is homemade drum gas grill roasters...
MM, MCSE;-)
FFRmR - RBB - RG - MSB too!
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5) From: Chuck the AV-Geek
(I know I know, should never leave a roast unattended, but I suspect I would if I could.) 
I have been tempted a few times with my Alp.  My finish times for Colombian and Yirgacheffe fall on the exact cycle times of two of the settings on the Alp.  For these 2 beans I literally could push a button and walk away.
I'm still facinated by the whole process so I havent done it yet, but the temptation is definately there.
-Chuck
No fires here.


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