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

Ryan M. Ward silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 29 10:01:54 CDT 2010


Man, that is so cool. I would love to do something like roasting at farmer's market. (I have to get out of the neophyte stage first though- I am still a newb). That would be a hit in our county too. Our farmer's markets are pretty big. 

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> Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:50:33 -0700
> From: theotherjo at gmail.com
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?
> 
> Gin,
> Farmers Markets and county fairs must be fun with the RK. What a nice way to
> expose folks to Home Roasting. The smell alone would pull me away from the
> cotton candy and caramel corn booth.
> Joe
> 
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 7:35 AM, g paris <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > Bob:
> >
> > Great points. I have an original RK  #33 and it is great. Even when I go
> > the
> > the local farmers markets it is large enough to roast for people to take
> > away to have continually just roasted beans and of course show of the
> > roasting process.
> >
> > ginny
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM, Bob <vegas89014 at cox.net> wrote:
> >
> > > 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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