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Topic: Alpenrost Issues (5 msgs / 146 lines)
1) From: G Douglas Davidson
Hello!
I've leaned a good deal by reading the group for a good while.  Thanks 
for imparting all of that knowledge!
I am currently having a critical problem with my Alp.  I really don't 
know what happened, but the thing is just producing "dull" coffee.  The 
body is not enough to compensate.  To me, it tastes "chalky" almost.  
I've probably put about 40 roasts on it.  I still prefer the taste of 
air roasted coffee in general, but for espresso and high body coffees 
(which I also like) I have in the past gotten rather nice batches from 
the Alp.
The roast times have not changed.  Usually I'm looking at about 14-16 
minutes into first crack.  Depending on the coffee, I wait between 1 
1/2 minutes (light full City for Central American) and 3 1/2 minutes 
(decent second crack for a light espresso roast.)  I'm not so sure 
about the second time as I usually do that based on sound.
I have never cleaned this thing.  The drum stays clean and the heating 
elements I brush a bit, so they are clean.  There is nothing burning.  
The vent opens at the cool cycle (based on my hearing and seeing the 
smoke come out.)  I roast in my kitchen, so ambient temp should not be 
an issue.
Any suggestions welcome.  I've basically not used the thing for about 2 
months (gone back to my air popper.)  My significant other also agrees 
with the taste issue, so there is a third party confirmation.
I'm quite confused.
One other quick question.  I don't really like the long cooldown 
period.  Is it advisable to do something about it?  I could cut the 
power and dump the coffee into a colander, then sit it on top of the 
downdraft vent on the stove (how I do the air roasting--cool in about 1 
minute.)  Sometimes I open it and turn the ceiling fan on, but I'm not 
sure if this is much more effective that the built in cooling cycle.
Advice appreciated.
Thanks!
-- 
G. Douglas Davidson          | CityNet, Inc.
douglas         | Pittsburgh, PA
voice: 412.481.5406          | fax: 412.431.1315

2) From: Chuck the AV-Geek
"  One other quick question.  I don't really like the long cooldown 
period.  Is it advisable to do something about it?  I could cut the 
power and dump the coffee into a colander, then sit it on top of the 
downdraft vent on the stove (how I do the air roasting--cool in about 1 
minute.)  Sometimes I open it and turn the ceiling fan on, but I'm not 
sure if this is much more effective that the built in cooling cycle.  "
I don't feel qualified to answer anything but this part of your email.
I too have an Alp, and it says in the manual to never turn off the
machine until the cooling cycle is complete.  So I have suffered with
this as well.  What I do to compensate is open the lid as soon as the
fan door opens, and use another fan blowing directly into the drum.  As
soon as the drum changes direction, I close the lid and tilt the machine
to assist the dump into the bean bin.  Then I move the beans to a
colander and open the lid again.
-Chuck
Just coolin' my beans

3) From: Paul Goelz
At 08:27 PM 6/30/03, you wrote:
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I suspect the only reason they say that is that if you pull the plug in the 
middle of a roast, the machine might overheat from all the trapped heat 
that is no longer being vented.  There is quite a bit of thermal mass in 
the heating elements.
I see no reason not to pull the power at any time if you open the cover at 
the same time.
Paul
Paul Goelz
Rochester Hills, MI
paul
pgoelzhttp://www.pgoelz.com

4) From: Ron
snip from G Douglas Davidson: (Bad tasting roast)
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months (gone back to my air popper.)
I would think and unclean Alp, sitting up for 2 months, will tend to get
pretty funky. I think you should give it a good cleaning, especially around
and behind the doors to assure they seal good.
Do a dry full cycle set on 15 to burn off any residue left behind from
cleaning and any funk you could not get by cleaning.
.
Do not unplug it while it is running. I used to let it cool on its own, for
2 min. and then open up the cover and put a fan pointed at the drum, This
will cool the roast nicely, and the first 2 min. will allow the electronics
to cool the way it was designed to do. Look out the fan will blow chaff
everywhere.I hope this helps, and solves your problem.
Ron
rnkyle
Home Roasting in SC

5) From: John Cramer
I've turned mine off many times with NO problems. Many of them
were to restart the roast at the ambiant heat, as it hadn't finished the
roast in one pass.
hth,
John
Paul Goelz wrote:
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