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Topic: Alp Opnion (4 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: Dan Piette
Folks-
I think that I have a "cold set" alp, and am wondering if I should return it
for a new one. I seldom get to the first crack before about 15 minutes, and
sometimes not until 16. Does anyone else have one set so cold? I like the
quality of the roast, but I feel that I am giving up some flexibility. I
have some friends that like a real dark roast, and it is hard for me to get
there with this machine.
Thanks for any comments
Dan

2) From: Todd Smith
My Alp is similar to yours.   I usually get to the start of first crack
around 15 to 15.30 minutes, with the onset of second crack a few minutes
later.   I like the slower roast profile of the Alp over my Hearthware
Precision.   I do find that I need to monitor the Alp more closely, but
since it is much more quiet than the Precision, it's easy to detect second
crack.
When I want to roast very dark I reduce my batch size, and stay right on top
of the roast, so I don't char it.   Try reducing your batch size by 1 ounce.
It will make a big difference.    Also, what is the room temperature that
you are roasting in?  Ambient temperature is also a huge factor if you are
roasting in a cold environment.
  Todd

3) From: Dan Piette
Good point about ambient. Now that it is winter in Texas, ambient is
probably about 65 to 70. I will try a smaller roast when I want a darker
roast.
I like the profile as well - my HWP is on a shelf in my garage right now...
Dan

4) From: coffenut
Dan,
That would be a little to the far side of cooler calibration for me too.
This is one of the reasons that I've kept my hotter calibrated Alp even
though the timer is largely useless.  By hitting first cracks in a 11 to 13
minute spread, I have plenty of room to roast darker and can produce
charcoal too.  Depending upon how dark you like to roast and desire to
use/not use the automated settings, these are factors you have to weigh in
getting a replacement.  If you're ok with using less beans than the 8oz,
that is an alternative.
Another thing to consider is that you may have to go through several Alp
replacements before you get one that's better than what you have.  SwissMar
has great customer service, but the consistency of this calibration can be
all over the place.
Coffenut  :^)
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