[Homeroast] Thanksgiving Ramblings
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
> Comments are welcome.
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