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Topic: Alp on the way... help needed! (9 msgs / 233 lines)
1) From: Dan Bollinger
My modified HWP finally gave up the ghost.  So, I bought an Alp from Sweet
Marias.  Only because it was the largest batch size I could find. (It should
keep me in beans until I make a homebuilt machine.) What suggestions do
people have so I can get up to speed quickly on this machine?  thanks, Dan

2) From: miKe mcKoffee

3) From: Rick Farris
The biggest suggestion I would make, Dan, is to carefully weigh your
bean load (I use 225g) and to always set the Alp on 15 and then stop it
manually.  Note that the first few roasts you will probably stop it
early -- you have to let it run a good long ways (45- to 60- seconds)
into second crack or you'll be surprised how light the beans will be.
Also, keep it clean.
-- Rick

4) From: Ron
Dan
As Rick said , 225 grams, set on 15 and monitor the roast, first crack
should come between 14 and 16 min. 2n at 17 to 19 min. depending on how  hot
your ALP is. The one I owned was at rolling 2nd crack 17:20 to 18 min. lots
of smoke, need good ventilation or roast outside. don't freak and hit the
cool button be patient and let 2nd go on for 45 sec to 1 min.
Although I did roast 15 batches without cleaning, it is much easier to wipe
it out after each batch. a moisten soft cloth and a dry one to follow up.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy the coffee.
Ron
rnkyle
Home Roasting in SC

5) From: Dan Bollinger
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Mike, Its a good idea.  I'd have gotten the HotTop if S-M carried it on
Sunday. I looked for it. But Tom said just today that he's got them in
stock. They aren't even on the website yet!  Durn, Double-Durn!  Thing is, I
need to roast about 8 batches in it for this weekend's get together, so its
not like I can return the item new.   Dan
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6) From: Marius Johnston
I think mine might be a bit hotter...or I like different beans :-)
409 with a water rinse cleans the coffee goop off reasonably well. For 
the stuborn stains
Wright's Silver cream plus rinse does a good job.
Watch out for the bean tray. It is possible to put it in too far, 
raising it up on the stop bump, causing the lid to stay open a sixteenth
of an inch or so. Does wonders for your roast times :-)
Alps roasting with a Jennair takes care of the smoke problem.
It makes great roasts.....enjoy!
Marius Johnston
Amador County, California
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7) From: Chuck Noyes
"The biggest suggestion I would make, Dan, is to carefully weigh your
bean load (I use 225g) and to always set the Alp on 15 and then stop it
manually.  Note that the first few roasts you will probably stop it
early -- you have to let it run a good long ways (45- to 60- seconds)
into second crack or you'll be surprised how light the beans will be.
Also, keep it clean."
Clean surprisingly makes a big difference.  A good cleaning after every
roast is important because stuff builds up so fast.  And it makes the
roast cycle take longer.  And this list always complains about how lone
it takes as it is.
Seriously though.  If I do five roasts in a row, the fifth roast takes
10 seconds longer than the first.
-Chuck
Nothing else in my life is as clean as my Alp

8) From: Tim Jolicoeur
Dan, I purchased an Alp in early this year and have roasted quite a few
batches of greens. I generally roast a 1/2 lb and it will last me 1-week
if I'm conservative in my drinking. I have documented the following:
225g (8oz)depending on temp and humidity 1st crack is usually @ 12-13
minutes second snap is at 15-16 generally 3-minutes from 1st crack,
however, this is not always the rule watch the smoke and always listen.
The second snap sounds very similar to the machines noise. I open the
doors right at second snap and turn on my small outside fan at the rear
of the unit, where the beans tray is, and leave it on until the cycle is
complete. The cooling cycle on the Alp needs to be revisited @ Swissmar.
I love my Alp and may purchase a HotTop in the future. 
PS. keep the Alp clean especially around the butterfly door @ the fan.
Happy roasting
Best Regards,
Tim Jolicoeur

9) From: Dan Bollinger
Tim, Chuck, Marius, Mike, Ron and Rick,   Thanks for the hints and tips!
The Alp arrived and I'll put them to use today. :)  Dan
Dan, I purchased an Alp in early this year and have roasted quite a few
batches of greens. I generally roast a 1/2 lb and it will last me 1-week
if I'm conservative in my drinking. I have documented the following:
225g (8oz)depending on temp and humidity 1st crack is usually @ 12-13
minutes second snap is at 15-16 generally 3-minutes from 1st crack,
however, this is not always the rule watch the smoke and always listen.
The second snap sounds very similar to the machines noise. I open the
doors right at second snap and turn on my small outside fan at the rear
of the unit, where the beans tray is, and leave it on until the cycle is
complete. The cooling cycle on the Alp needs to be revisited @ Swissmar.
I love my Alp and may purchase a HotTop in the future.
PS. keep the Alp clean especially around the butterfly door @ the fan.
Happy roasting
Best Regards,
Tim Jolicoeur


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