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Topic: New to the game (6 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: Ruth A. Kohl
I'm new to this art form and it has become a passion. I have a problem, I 
know about first and second crack, but I'm not sure I can tell when the 
first crack ends and the second crack begins. I have a FR plus and roast 
coffee in my kitchen next to a Jenn Aire down draft with the fan going. I 
finally resorted to using Noise Buster headphones to diminish the roar from 
the roaster and the fan. I can hear the first snaps but am not sure when 
first becomes a second, seems to go in fits and starts. Have simply 
resorted to setting the roaster on 3 for city and 3 1/2 full city and 
having at it. How can I tell which is which? Anyone on the list live near 
Port Townsend WA?
This is an insidious hobby, always another really interesting sounding 
coffee to try, never mind how many bags of green beans are lurking in the 
cupboard, just have to try ONE MORE new coffee. I'll let you know when I 
get to 100#

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Welcome Ruth!

3) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
     Welcome to the list.  It is difficult to hear the first and second 
crack over a lot of fan noise.   I recommend learning to roast in a wok 
where you can see, hear, and smell the changes that take place in the 
beans.  Once you know what you are listening or looking for then you 
can tell what you are doing with one of the noisy roasters.
     Jim Gundlach
On Dec 22, 2003, at 6:19 PM, Ruth A. Kohl wrote:

4) From: Ben Treichel
On an un'moded FR 1st and 2nd tend to run together. That's probably part 
of the problem. Great 1st roaster though.
Ruth A. Kohl wrote:

5) From: javafool
Welcome Ruth! I guess that might make us an insidious group, and I
definitely resemble that description.
Sometimes some of us get a little cranky and take things too personal, but
we have always been able to get beyond those moments to become courteous,
helpful and still insidious.
Terry F
Clearwater, FL  cattycorner across the country from you :)

6) From: Ron Kyle
snip from Ruth A. Kohl:
Welcome Ruth.
Here is a little method that was introduced by Jim Schulman.
just as first crack get going a bit. cut the roaster off and let it coast
through first.
when the popping stops or slows way down, plug the FR back in, and let it
continue on to second, as second starts, it should sound like rice crispies
in milk. unplug the FR and let it coast to the desired finish.
I've tried it and it works quite well.
Merry Christmas
Ron Kyle
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