[Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 00:10:30 CDT 2010


mike's point is so well taken. The tool is not so important as how you use
it. It's no fun to toast a big batch of Tom's small lot specialty beans.
Take your time with your practice runs.
Joe

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM, miKe mcKoffee <mcKona at comcast.net> wrote:

> It's a tool. The real question is how well you can use and control the
> tool.
> Seriously. Knowing when and how to back off heat etc. so as to not fly
> through 1st at break neck speed regardless the batch size is part and
> parcel.
>
> miKe
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> > [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
> > Behalf Of Bob
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 8:53 PM
> > To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules
> > for thislist,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html
> > Subject: Re: [Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?
> >
> > Randy,
> >
> > Have been roasting with the smaller RK drum for 4 years now
> > and will give
> > you some contrarian advice. I quickly learned that if you
> > wanted to truly do
> > more than brown beans, to develop profiles that are
> > repeatable, the capacity
> > of the drum is 1 lb. Any more and the need for heat(and my
> > three burner has
> > plenty) results in a very quick interval between 1st and
> > 2-basically a
> > runaway roast.
> >
> > People who have never had fresh roasted coffee will still be
> > amazed by the
> > taste, but in my opinion you cannot get close to the
> > potential of the beans
> > offered to us here if you go anywhere close to the advertised
> > capacity.
> >
> > I love my RK drum--built like a tank, looks like a work of
> > art--and it will
> > roast 4, or 6, pounds. The question is, How well?
> >
> > Bob in Vegas
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "g paris" <pchforever at gmail.com>
> > To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
> > list,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html"
> > <homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:13 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?
> >
> >
> > > Randy:
> > >
> > > ya gotta go big if you can because you will want the room
> > some day and it
> > > gives
> > > you that extra room to play with...
> > >
> > > smaller batch but larger drum will change the outcome so
> > you will actually
> > > save yourself a learning curve!!
> > >
> > > ginny
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM, Randy Panduren
> > <fenster88 at gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> I like the way you think! <grin>
> > >>
> > >> Thanks for the sound advice. You are right of course,
> > better to have too
> > >> much capacity and not use it, than to not have enough!
> > >>
> > >> Randy
> > >>
> > >> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM, g paris
> > <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > Randy:
> > >> >
> > >> > kind of a no brain'r,
> > >> >
> > >> > get the biggest you can because with ONLY 4 pounds you will curse
> > >> > yourself for not getting the 6 pound'r
> > >> >
> > >> > go for it, you do not need an excuse to go for BIG pounds.
> > >> >
> > >> > next week you will want and really need a 12 kilo
> > >> >
> > >> > you go guy?1
> > >> >
> > >> > ginny
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> > On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM, Randy Panduren
> > <fenster88 at gmail.com>
> > >> > wrote:
> > >> >
> > >> > > Posted this on the forum, thought I would drop it here too...
> > >> > >
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Hi,
> > >> > >
> > >> > > I'm preparing to build a RK drum/gas grill roaster. I
> > have a new
> > >> > > grill
> > >> > with
> > >> > > sufficient specs to handle a 6 lb. RK drum. In the
> > future I may need
> > >> the
> > >> > 6
> > >> > > lb. capacity, as my roasting for friends and family
> > continues to
> > >> > > grow.
> > >> > > However, for the time being I will probably stick to 1-3 pound
> > >> > > roasts.
> > >> > >
> > >> > > The drum manufacturer informed me that the 6 lb. drum
> > will perform
> > >> > > well
> > >> > > with
> > >> > > small batch sizes, down to 1 lb. However, it seems
> > like the majority
> > >> > > of
> > >> > > folks go with the 4 lb. drum. I'm wondering if I am
> > better off with
> > >> > > the
> > >> 4
> > >> > > lb. drum for now, and upgrading to the 6 lb. drum if
> > and when I need
> > >> the
> > >> > > extra capacity? Or should I just go for the 6 now?
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Any advice from other RK drum users would be appreciated.
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Thanks
> > >> > > fenster88
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