[Homeroast] Quest M3 Arrives, Is it worth it?

Hank Perkins hankperkins at gmail.com
Thu Dec 9 05:33:14 CST 2010


I ordered the Omega HH806 from Omega and the thermocouples from Eric here:

http://users.rcn.com/erics/

I have not received these yet. 

Good luck

On Dec 8, 2010, at 11:40 PM, Robert Yoder <robotyonder at hotmail.com> wrote:

> 
> Hank,
> 
> Thanks for your very informative posts!
> 
> Can you provide a bit more info about the thermocouples and data-logger you installed in the Quest?
> 
> I'm still a bit confused about the relative merits of wire-mesh v solid drum.  I imagine the solid drum has more thermal mass and is slower to react to temperature changes, but what I don't get is why the solid drum is better, being slower and thus less-sensitive to control input, especially with the thermal lag of the electric heating elements.  
> 
> Any light you can provide would be very welcome.
> 
> Thanks, and,
> 
> Happy Roasting,
> 
> robert yoder 
> 
>> Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 08:49:40 -0600
>> From: hankperkins at gmail.com
>> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Quest M3 Arrives, Is it worth it?
>> 
>> Scott/Mike,
>> 
>> As I am not a pro roaster I offer the following:
>> 
>> The Quest compared to the other roasters I have used is like comparing
>> a Wal Mart frying pan to a Le Cruset frying pan. They both cook but
>> they perform much differently and are built differently. I am totally
>> impressed with how well the Quest M3 is built. It does not look or
>> feel like some Chinese counter top appliance.
>> 
>> I have been able to roast with a pro on a Deidrich IR once before.
>> Although the Quest is electric and not gas the experience is very
>> similar. Electric is slower to react both heating up and cooling
>> down. It does require the user to be a bit more proactive than gas
>> but you adjust fan speed instead of a damper, and element amps instead
>> of gas flow.
>> 
>> I can't wait to have the thermocouples and data logger instead of the
>> analog thermometer. With the analog gauge it is very difficult to
>> determine the environmental rate of change to the adjustments I was
>> making. I was very lucky to hit the time on the Jimma as I did.
>> 
>> Hank
>> 
>> On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:14 AM, Scott Miller <peechdogg at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> That was my thinking, too. The times when lots of samples just bog me
>>> down because I only have a single sample roaster is frustrating. Cost
>>> of a mutli barrel sample roaster is too much for me at the moment. A
>>> pair of QM3, I can live with and benefit from.
>>> 
>>> cheers,
>>> 
>>> Scott
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM, miKe mcKoffee <mcKona at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>> Scott, if it was me I'd go for a QM3. For the price of a commercial sample
>>>> roaster you could have more than one QM3, and QM3 would afford more
>>>> versatility (profiling control capability) versus traditional barrel sample
>>>> roaster. Unless you're talking about something like a USRC .5k as a sample
>>>> roaster.
>>>> 
>>>> I'm still using a CCR HotTop as my sample roaster but would rather have two
>>>> QM3 for what I paid for the CCR HT...or one QM3 and some halogens for vac:)
>>>> 
>>>> Not that the CCR HT isn't pretty nifty, but I believe from all I've read and
>>>> what I understand of how the the QM3 works that it's capable of superior
>>>> roasts, close to if not on par with my USRC. QM3 fully manual of course so
>>>> doesn't have the automation advantage of the CCR HT, but I could live with
>>>> that.
>>>> 
>>> 
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