So far, in my short time roasting, I've learned to use my ears with my
alp. I've noticed that each of the different beans that I've roasted so
far has a different time to the first snap of the first crack, but that
elapsed time remains reasonably constant from batch to batch. Then I
listen for the onset of the second crack and note that time also. After a
couple of batches, I know how far into the second crack to go and at what
time after the first crack that is likely to be. The time from first crack
to second seems to also be reasonably consistent, also. I hit the cool
button once this time has elapsed. This method has been working so far for
me, but I am quite the neophyte, compared to most on the list.
A rite of passage - I met a neighbor of ours the other day while she was
walking her 5 dogs (quite a site). A gave her a jar of coffee that I had
roasted the day before. Yesterday she told me that the coffee was the best
that she had ever tasted. That was quite a kick.
At 08:23 PM 1/16/2001 -0600, you wrote:
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