[Homeroast] I did it all rong....
peatmonster at comcast.net
Sat Mar 20 10:16:57 CDT 2010
Thanks for the response. I recall when I learned to use (abuse?) P2 to time
the power drop. I say "abuse" because I run 1/2 lb loads on 1 lb settings.
This resulted in a significant stretch of the gap between 1st and 2nd. My
roasts improved considerably as I abandoned P1 and generally went to P2 and
the associated gap stretch. I have been concerned with baking the beans by
failing to keep the temperature up as I hit 1st. Of course, until the last
roast I had no experience with baking beans, just tribal knowledge. I will
have to spend more time fooling with an earlier power drop. It's sure
tempting to buy a HotTop or Gene Cafe to gain better control of the
temperatures. It's a slippery slope; this Luge of Coffee Roasting.
BTW, I'm drinking Thursday's Sulawesi as I write. It's just getting better
> I've been dropping the heat some time before 1st crack on my HotTop for a
> while as well. At first, I was going a bit too far, and baking my beans
> pretty severely (tasted like wood), so I avoided doing this for a long
> and would drop heat at the first sign of 1st crack. This was giving me
> about 2-3 minutes from 1st crack to end of roast, and some of my beans
> not roasting evenly, and my espressos were a bit harsh. After I while, I
> managed to learn the sights, sounds and smells of the point about a minute
> before 1st comes, where I drop the heat, which gives me about 4-5 minutes
> to end of roast (or shorter if I want to and turn the heat up again).
> Unfortunately, there is no good way to explain where this point is, and it
> takes some experience to find it.
> My roasts (especially for espresso) have improved dramatically once I
> started doing this..
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