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

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 10:08:34 CDT 2010


Ryan,
Go for it. The drum system is not that costly and Tom of course has some
killer beans. I can tell you with out a doubt if you wait too long you'll
never get a round to it. I will never tell you roasting coffee is a piece of
cake but it gets harder when you never start.
Joe

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 8:01 AM, Ryan M. Ward
<silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com>wrote:

>
> 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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