[Homeroast] Gene Cafe Cleaning
fparth at mac.com
Mon May 31 09:33:03 CDT 2010
Simple Green didn't even touch the crud inside the chamber. That's why I'm looking for something more assertive.
By outflow filter I meant chaff collector (just got back from a trip to Saudi Arabia and my mind isn't back in a
California time zone yet. Sorry). I use a ShopVac to suck out the chaff regularly, but there's still buildup that
vacuuming didn't remove. So based on Skaling's recommendation I boiled it for awhile and that worked perfectly.
> Hi, Frank. Ain't the Gene Cafe a grand machine?
> Cleaning with Simple Green will work very well. If there are stubborn
> stains, a little soaking will help.
> What "outflow filter"? As routine maintenance, you should vacuum out your
> chaff collector after every roast, vacuum the intake port on the bottom
> right of the roaster. Then every 20 roasts or so, disassemble the chaff
> collector and scrub it out.
> Once you get the chamber cleaned out, you'll notice a difference in the
> flavor of your fresh roasted coffee.
> Hope this helps.
>> > About a year ago my GC was just not heating up properly. I contacted
>> > Tom Skaling, and he suggested that the outflow
>> > filter was probably clogged. He suggested boiling it in hot water to
>> > remove all the gunk that accumulates in there. It
>> > worked perfectly.
>> > Now I'm wondering about the chamber itself. It's gotten pretty gunked
>> > up over the hundreds of pounds of coffee I've
>> > roasted, and simple cleaning won't work.
>> > Since it's heat resistant glass (Pyrex?), plastic, and a couple of
>> > screws, would it hurt to boil it also? Would that
>> > remove the brown crud on the inside?
>> > Frank Parth
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