[Homeroast] West Bend Poppery 2

Joe Scarborough joe.scarborough at gmail.com
Sat Jan 16 23:18:41 CST 2010

My experience goes like this:

I use 1/2 to 2/3 cup of beans depending on which of the 3 poppers I use.
None of them is a true westbend II but they are all basically the same as
the PII.
The differences I see between the poppers I have are that one gets hotter
than the rest and the other 2 have stronger fans.
With the 2 with the stronger fans I let them go about 16 minutes and then
shut them down. I use the larger amount of beans in these to help bring up
the temperature. It is difficult to hear 1st crack in these machines but I
can tell by the color and surface texture of the beans that they are "done"
Of course I have to use a soup can or glass chimney on them to keep the
beans from flying out.
Hope this helps

Joe Scarborough

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On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM, John and Emma <jehorchik at gmail.com> wrote:

> The info below is great advice. I used a PII until I bought my Behmor and
> now only use it when beans are too small for the Behmor. I found this to be
> the best method when I didn't have a scale. I always tilted the PII. I use
> the handle of a wooden spoon to stir my beans from until they become light
> enough through roasting that they move on their own. I tried to use 2/3 cup
> and when I had a scale about 135g. The one thing I noticed is there was
> variability in the amount of beans that was ideal. It depended on size of
> beans, density etc.
> John H.
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] West Bend Poppery 2
> When you start a new batch, turn it on and add beans until the beans
> almost stop moving.   You can increase the amount you roast a bit by
> tilting the popper by putting something underneath one side of it.
> If it still can't roast darker then look into bypassing the internal
> thermostat.   There are various tutorials on the web.  I'm currently
> using a  mofidied poppery II.   You might also like to go google
> "poppery mods".
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