[Homeroast] Thanksgiving Ramblings

Robert Bedwell rlb at triad.rr.com
Fri Nov 26 03:40:07 CST 2010

I am glad your Thanksgiving was good.  It felt like Sunday all day and I am retired.  Figure that one?

I use a Hottop and only started roasting in August.  I suspect cleaning it is more of a PIA than with the Behmor but I
do give it a good cleaning after each 6-10 roasts.  Of course I clean out the stray chaff thoroughly after each roast.
Amazing how soaking the parts in Carfiza almost immediately removes the oils from parts.  

I had my name in for a Quest but SM didn't get them in soon enough.  However the Hottop has been fantastic.  The
control of the roasts has been the feature that I have enjoyed.  It requires you be engaged with controlling the heat and
the fan throughout the process.  The learning curve was much shorter thanks to a couple of other Hottop users.  The
few times that I have needed to contact Hottop they have been exceptional.

In retrospect I am glad that I have the Hottop and the Quest was late arriving and it has nothing to do with the
Quest.  Frankly I think I would have enjoyed it as much as the Hottop.   Both suffer from the inability to roast 
enough beans to suit me.  Most of my roasts are 8 oz, some 9 oz.  The Behmor does closer to a pound which would better
suit me.  So, my thought process is to wait a bit for the rumored new Hottop that is expected to roast a pound or
buy one of the sample roasters which I can't justify the expense of for a couple pounds of coffee a week.

It's a dilemma but a good one.

Good coffee to all!


On Nov 25, 2010, at 9:35 PM, Hank Perkins wrote:

> First, I hope everyone had a memorable Thanksgiving or a Great
> Thanksgiving.  As I look back over my 52 years there are only a
> handful of Thanksgivings that are memorable, mostly bad.  As I reflect
> on these with my family we I laugh and laugh.  These Thanksgivings are
> what make the normal Thanksgivings fun.  One thing I always reflect on
> is that Thanksgiving is all about accepting the bad and celebrating
> the good.
> Behmor Cleaning - After being chastised here for not keeping my
> roaster clean I have repented.  It really wasn't that dirty when I
> started but it did need cleaning.  I have tried a variety of different
> methods for cleaning and have found that a quick wipe  down with
> Isopropyl  Alcohol using a paper towel.  This is very effective,
> leaves no residue and pulls the coffee oils right off the inside of
> the roaster.  Best part, you don't have to rinse the inside.  You can
> do a dry run or just preheat it.  All the alcohol is gone once the
> internal temp hits ~175 degrees.
> Behmor Temperature Probe - Is nice to have, but is frustrating.  I
> have limited control at adjusting the temperature (opening the door)
> or even  understanding what I can learn from the probe.  One thing it
> has taught me, I wonder how much roasting and how much baking of the
> coffee I am really doing.  You can also see the roaster not get as hot
> when it gets dirty which is a good thing.
> Behmor vs. Quest  - I have about decided to go ahead and make the jump
> to the Quest.  At this juncture I have little confidence I am being
> all I can be with the Behmor.  I wold love to hear some opinions about
> the Quest.  At first I was put off by it's small batch size until I
> found out how quick it roasts and that you can roast one load after
> another resulting in an hourly output as high or higher than the
> Behmor.
> Comments are welcome.
> Thanks!!
> Hank
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