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Topic: Alpenroast (13 msgs / 653 lines)
1) From: MMore
Hi, everyone ~
I have been roasting for about a year now.  Started with the Poppery II and, about 10 months ago, went to the Alpenroast.  Generally, I'm pretty happy with the Alp, but I find that I have a hard time getting it very much (if at all) into 2nd crack.  If I want to take a coffee farther, I break out the old Poppery (which is still, I must say, a lot more fun to use).  Anyone else experience this problem?  Should I let it go, say, longer than 20 minutes?  Or has the internal temperature reached a peak and the bean temp just won't go any higher?  Also, my experience is that the Poppery keeps the coffees a bit "brighter" with their faster roast times.  Does this make sense to everyone?
 
Thanks all.  I really enjoy being on this list.  I've learned a lot (even about things like the virtues of HTML!!!)
 
Michael A

2) From: MMore
Hi, everyone ~
I have been roasting for about a year now.  Started with the Poppery II and, about 10 months ago, went to the Alpenroast.  Generally, I'm pretty happy with the Alp, but I find that I have a hard time getting it very much (if at all) into 2nd crack.  If I want to take a coffee farther, I break out the old Poppery (which is still, I must say, a lot more fun to use).  Anyone else experience this problem?  Should I let it go, say, longer than 20 minutes?  Or has the internal temperature reached a peak and the bean temp just won't go any higher?  Also, my experience is that the Poppery keeps the coffees a bit "brighter" with their faster roast times.  Does this make sense to everyone?
 
Thanks all.  I really enjoy being on this list.  I've learned a lot (even about things like the virtues of HTML!!!)
 
Michael A

3) From: Dave McCracken
--On Wednesday, November 12, 2003 08:12:46 -0500 MMore wrote:
<Snip>
I had a similar problem when I got my Alp.  My solution was to reduce the
batch size.  I now roast 200 grams instead of 225, and consistently get
into 2nd crack at around 16 minutes.
Dave McCracken

4) From: Ken Parker
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Michael,

 

I had the same problem with my Alp until I followed a circuit board tweak posted by Chris Beck. It solved the problem. I couldn’t find the original Beck post, but I had save it in another member’s email.  I’ve reproduced the instructions below.

 

Ken Parker

 

 

From: "b. walker" <braindead0>

Subject: Adventures in Alp Hacking

Newsgroups: alt.coffee

Reply-To: braindead0

 

 

I decided to open my Alp up (cleaning) and see about upping the temperature

(21+ minutes for a roast, rarely ever stopped before 15 stopped).  In my

case I didn't have a decent temp guage handy, so I used an Ohmmeter.

 

1: lay Alp on it's back (lid hinges down).  Remove bean carrier first

though..don't want it rattling around.

2: Remove two screws in small access panel  on the bottom (ventilated, easy

to find)

3: Pull circuit board out a bit.

4: On the upper right hand corner, top of circuit board there are two white

cloth covered wires, they have small spade connectors that are soldered

onto terminals.  Attache ohmmeter to those (don't remember the polarity, in

the next steps if it reads 0 ohms, swap).  Set ohmmeter to lowest setting

(unless it's below 25ohms).

5: There are two trim pots accessible through holes from the bottom of the

board.  The one at the top appears to adjust the time of the 'bean dump'

process (found out after I tweaked it).  The one nearest the center of the

board adjusts the temperature.

6: Make sure there's nothing flammible touching the top/sides/etc...

7: Turn on Alp.  Check resistance, it should start rising pretty quickly. 

If it doesn't reverse polarity.

8: Mine got to 25ohms and then you could tell the heater cycled, and it

just hung around 25ohms.

9: Turn the pot (might have to remove the gunk they used to sorta lock it

down) counterclockwise (worked for me).

 

I left mine at 29ohms and roasted 8oz of tanzanian peaberry in

approximately 16 minutes to what I would call a city roast.

 

Might need to tweak it down just a bit, but it's much better now!

 

As alwasy YMMV, do this at your own risk...voids warranty....yadda yadda...

 

 

 

 


5) From: Rick W
Thanks for posting Ken, I had not seen this procedure and may need it
some day if my Alp croaks (knock on bean).
Rick Waits

6) From: dennis staab
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
Is it true that my $385,00 Alpenroast, made in China is really only =
worth $46.20 in Chinese dollars.....less shipping?
Can anyone tell me why roasting peaberry and java beans with my Rosto, =
the beans just lay there and burn if I let it happen BUT, my Costa Rica =
beans roast the way the roaster is suppose to roast in the Rosto =
roaster....they move about with great vigor! 
                                                                         =
                   Happy Trails

7) From: Ron Kyle
<Snip>
$46.20 in Chinese dollars.....less shipping?
Where do you live? The Alps I bought only cost 289 dollars?.
Peaberry are smaller more dense bean thus a 1/4 cup of Peaberry will weigh
more then a 1/4 Costa Rican
Ron

8) From: Dave Huddle
Ron,
I did even better - $150 - new!   Found it at a cooking shop.  The
owner had no luck selling it before I wandered in.
My Alp has done about 170 roasts so far.
Dave
<Snip>

9) From: Rick W
How about an Alpenrost total # of roasts tally amongst the Alpers in
this List?  I'm up to 434 on my original machine and going to be adding
4 more today (knock on bean).
Rick Waits
<Snip>

10) From: Ron Kyle
<Snip>
Dave sounds like you got a good one, and at a nice price
Ron

11) From: Brice D. Hornback
I bought mine used from a list member so I don't know how many roasts were
on it.  However, I got around 50 roasts out of it before it died.  The fan
went out.  So, I replaced it with a RK Roasting Drum for my BBQ grill and do
2 lb. roasts (I can do 4 lbs. but don't have a way to cool that many beans
yet)... and have never looked back.
- Brice
From: "Rick W" 
To: 
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2004 11:13 AM
Subject: RE: +Alpenroast
<Snip>http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html<Snip>

12) From: Paul Goelz
At 11:13 AM 1/10/2004, you wrote:
<Snip>
My first Alp was with me for about 3-4 years and roasted one roast/week all 
that time.  It got a bit squirrely and Swissmar replaced it since at the 
time they were not equipped to repair it and would/could not sell me the 
part.  The replacement has been with me for a couple years now and also 
does one roast/week.  Works flawlessly.
Paul
Paul Goelz
Rochester Hills, MI
paul
pgoelzhttp://www.pgoelz.com

13) From: Dave Huddle
As of today   172 roasts on my one & only Alp.
Dave
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