[Homeroast] Got my HotTop roaster this week morph to Small Batches in HotTops

Robert Bedwell rlb at triad.rr.com
Mon Sep 13 05:30:01 CDT 2010


Good question but even 8 oz would require roasting a couple times a  
week for me.  I won't have a permanent place to keep my roaster set up  
all the time so I would rather roast even larger quantities than the  
HT max.

Bob



On Sep 12, 2010, at 9:42 PM, Robert Yoder wrote:

>
> Thank You, Bob!
>
> I wonder if any of our HotTop users roast smaller batches, say, 1/4  
> pounds.
>
> Can the roaster deal effectively with such small batches?
>
> Happy roasting,
>
> robert
>
>> From: rlb at triad.rr.com
>> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>> Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2010 17:10:00 -0400
>> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Got my HotTop roaster this week.
>>
>> Thanks for the note Robert.
>>
>> I have not installed it yet buy have the templates in place. I need
>> to upgrade my metal bits and will do that tomorrow. I am using Randy
>> Glass's instructions in his "HOW-To Pages" section at www.espressomyespresso.com
>> .
>>
>> See number 9 below. I should have the Omega probe tomorrow. You
>> will see on the webpage where it will be installed but basically it  
>> is
>> installed through the bean chute cover. Hope I don't screw it up.
>>
>> Bob
>>
>> How-To Pages
>> 1 - Backflushing - Backflushing is a method to clear inaccessible
>> areas of the brewing path of coffee debris and oils. Here are step-by
>> step instructions on how to accomplish this.
>> 2 - Brew-Temperature Control - Small, single boiler machines have  
>> poor
>> control over the brew temperature because of the thermostats that are
>> used. Here is a work-around that gives better control.
>> 3 - Rocky Doser Modification - The Rocky doser can leave a mess. Here
>> is a simple modification that helps a lot.
>> 4 - Your First Roast - Thinking about roasting coffee? Here's what to
>> watch and listen for so that even your first roast can be successful.
>> Educational, even if you do not intend to roast.
>> 5 - Changing the Portafilter Gasket - A portafilter gasket can be
>> difficult to remove if left to long before being changed. Here are
>> some tips to help get it out.
>> 6 - Permanent Filter Replacement for Hottop - I prefer to avoid
>> disposable items when I can, and so I came up with this method to
>> create a permanent main filter replacement that fits all the KN-8828
>> models.
>> 7 - Brew-Temperature Check - Don't know what the temperature is when
>> making espresso with your machine? here is a simple way to estimate
>> the brewing temperature.
>> 8 - Descaling Espresso Machine Boilers - If you use tap water,
>> minerals will build up in your espresso machine. here are the
>> instructions to descale a single-boiler machine.
>>
>> 9 - Add Bean Temperature Monitoring to the Hottop - Some like to  
>> roast
>> to a specific bean temperature. Here is a relatively easy way to  
>> add a
>> thermocouple probe to the Hottop coffee roasters. Includes link to
>> printable cutting pattern.On Sep 12, 2010, at 4:53 PM, Robert Yoder
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>
>>> Hi Robert,
>>>
>>> How do you plan to install the TC Probe? Where?
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Happy Roasting,
>>>
>>> robert yoder
>>>
>>>> From: rlb at triad.rr.com
>>>> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>>>> Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2010 05:30:28 -0400
>>>> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Got my HotTop roaster this week.
>>>>
>>>> I am waiting for an Omega TC probe to install before I start  
>>>> roasting
>>>> with my new Hottop. Gives me a bit more time to study! Can't wait.
>>>>
>>>> Regarding Microsoft. After almost thirty years and a dozen or more
>>>> PC's and more crashes than I care to remember I finally switched to
>>>> Mac last year. I've had to call Apple service twice and within a
>>>> minute I was talking to someone that knew exactly what I was
>>>> experiencing and how to correct it and did so in perfect English  
>>>> that
>>>> I could understand. Off the phone in less than 5 minutes both  
>>>> times.
>>>> Best decision I have made in years.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sep 11, 2010, at 1:45 PM, g paris wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I think Microsoft has had much more vaporware then Apple. At least
>>>>> the stuff
>>>>> from Apple is great!!!
>>>>>
>>>>> ginny
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM, Lex Johnson  
>>>>> <morningmud at gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> I emailed Micheal at Hottop USA a while ago inquiring about the
>>>>>> rumored 1
>>>>>> lb
>>>>>> Hottop. His reply was that he didn't see anything in the works in
>>>>>> the next
>>>>>> 6 months. These guys are worse than Apple!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Lex
>>>>>> On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 7:51 AM, g paris <pchforever at gmail.com>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> you will love your hot top, it's a great roaster. which one did
>>>>>>> you
>>>>>>> purchase?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> ginny
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM, Manjo Iyer <manjo at manjo.net>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Couple of days ago I received my new HotTop roaster which
>>>>>>>> replaced my
>>>>>>>> Alpenrost (after 12yrs of service). I should say what a  
>>>>>>>> beauty! I
>>>>>>>> roasted my 1st batch yesterday and it was a breeze to use, I
>>>>>>>> roasted
>>>>>>>> some coffee from Guatemala a friend of mine gave me from his
>>>>>>>> estate,
>>>>>>>> 10sec into 2nd crack. I am loving it! Although I love my
>>>>>>>> Alpenrost, I
>>>>>>>> love the Hottop even more.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>> Cogito Ergo Sum
>>>>>>>> --- manjo
>>>>>>>>
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