I'm with you. I use a FreshRoast Plus, which roasts really fast, and I'm always wondering when first crack is over. It is clear when I first start to hear the first cracks. But there never seem to be enough of them to indicate that all the beans have gone through first crack. Then, second crack starts, and those cracks are more subdued and there seem to be a lot more of them.
I understand that I'm supposed to wait for first crack to be entirely through, but I'm always being drawn into second crack because it doesn't seem as if I've heard enough first cracks to cover the entire batch.
Ed Van Herik
>From: "Myron Joshua"
>Subject: +בעניין: +distinguishing between first and second cracks
>Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 21:16:00 +0200
> > >My apologies if this is a topic that has been beaten to death.
>Oh if we could only beat the topic cracks to death and reign victorious! But
>we popper and HTP users are doomed to limbo-trying to know if we are 12
>snaps into second crack or not.
>I am too embarrassed to ask so love when others do. I now use a themometer.
>I believe that in a few weeks it will have given me clearer points of
>reference. I stop roasted some Sumatra to draw out the roast bringing her up
>to 460 and then 470 degrees and thought it too dark.
>The next batch I stopped earlier and brought her to 460 and am afraid it was
>too light. It is going to be a lot of trial and error but at least i don't
>think i will feel entirely lost.
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