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Topic: Alp, again (5 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: John Cramer
Hi guys!!
My alp fried, so they replaced it for me.  GREAT service!!
Anyway, now a question. My first try was 6.25 ounces, because
that's all I had of it, and didn't want to try a new blend right now.
I left it on '8', in that my regular roast has been a '12' for 8 ounces.
It came out a DEFINITE expresso roast...:-(. I like a dark roast,
but not expresso!!
Any clue as to why it came out so dark?
Abundant blessings to all,

2) From: Todd Smith
You may a "hotter" Alp than the first one, and there is a definite
correlation between the amount of coffee and the darkness of the roast.
Less coffee = Darker roast.

3) From: coffenut
If I've learned anything about the Alp, it is to trust my eyes and ears
rather than the timer.  This is especially true if I'm using less than the
8oz and have any other variable that could produce change.
It does sound like your calibration could be toward the hot side (especially
since this is a replacement).  I have a hot calibrated Alp and allowing it
to complete on setting 8 will result in burned beans.  At 75 degrees ambient
temp, 8oz of beans (digi-scale), my Alp will reach 1st crack in about 12 to
13 minutes (most beans).  There have been Alps that were calibrated hotter
than mine and could shave off another 1-2 minutes from my results.  I'd
hoped that SwissMar had this calibration problem solved by now, but it
appears they still struggle with it.  If you have a hot calibrated unit
similar to mine, I personally consider it a bonus.
Coffenut  :^)

4) From: Paul Goelz
At 09:16 AM 12/24/2000 -0500, you wrote:
Remember that the timer on the Alp is just that.... a timer.  Anything that
affects how long it takes to heat the beans has the potential to
significantly impact the roast at a fixed timer setting.  
I believe the Alp regulates the internal temperature, but not inside the
drum.  For this reason, external ambient and initial internal temperature
prior to starting a roast will have an impact on raost timing.  
Paul Goelz
Rochester Hills, MI
pgoelz at eaglequest dot com
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5) From: John Cramer
Thanks a bunch, guys.
I guess I better get a stopwatch...:-)
May i take this opportunity to wish ALL
a very holy Christ's Mass!!

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