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Topic: new 'bad' roasting device (3 msgs / 108 lines)
1) From: peter zulkowski
Yesterday I had been contemplating roaster designs to do about 2 pots of 
coffee worth, and decided to try that food redrier / coffee reroaster 
thing that I got off ebay. It is like a miniature turbo oven, about the 
size of a Mr. Coffee. After reading about experiences on the list with 
turbo ovens I was not afraid of burning chaff anymore. This thing has 
1400 watts, in a more concentrated area, so I figured It may just work
I put in 138 Gr. and turned it on.
Well it swirled the coffee pretty good, but I had to keep resetting the 
electronic timer every 2 minutes, that was max. No temperature control 
either.
To really mix the beans I had to tip the thing and rotate it. 
After about 6  minutes of this the beans had not reached first crack, so 
I tried 2 more 2 minute cycles.
The beans were definitely getting hot and increasing in volume but I 
could tell they would never get to full city the way I was going.
I dumped them  in to my trusty old WBII and they just about filled it! 
Well I put the cover over it and tilted it back about 45 degrees, turned 
it on and beans were blowing  everywhere. First crack happened almost 
immediately, the beans were jumping and mixing, I had to put a screen 
over the top to keep them in, and there was chaff and smoke a plenty.
Second crack started pretty quick, and I could still hear first, and the 
beans were getting oily all at the same time, with lots of smoke. Things 
were progressing very quickly. After about 2 minutes of this madness I 
dumped them into my cooler and blew off the rest of the chaff with that.
All was not lost, as the coffee I made today with that batch was pretty 
smooth. ( go figure ) . With this WBII I definitely have to stick to 
smaller batches. Some of the beans did not get cooked, but all things 
considered the batch was not that uneven. And it does not taste baked as 
I thought it would.
It was definitely a long time coming to first crack though (about 12 
minutes!), and then a rush through the rest of the profile.
Living and learning and loving the coffee road, here in LHC,
PeterZ
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2) From: Ed Needham
hehehehe...
Too bad you didn't videotape the whole ordeal.
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Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com
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3) From: Ron Kyle
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Peter I got mental picture of this and believe me it was funny, I was
laughing with you, not at you, because I once did about the same thing, and
its panic for a few sec.
Ron


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