[Homeroast] Using a Variac to control a GeneCafe

Bob Glasscock eglasscock at centurytel.net
Wed Aug 17 08:12:17 CDT 2011

I have been roasting with a Gene Cafe for over a year now with fairly 
consistent results. Note, I did not say excellent...merely consistent. 
I am very appliance oriented, so my technique has been "pedal to the 
metal" and watch and listen. Are there ramping formulas that would help 
improve my roasts, and where can I find them?
  Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL

Quoting Ken Knott <esprcorn at hotmail.com>:
> I have access to Variac's so I thought I might give them a shot to control my
> Gene CAfe.  I understand that power fluctuations at the outlet are common and
> can make a significant difference in controlling your roast profile's
> conistency. 
> So...  My Variac's can be set to 120V or 140V.  I imagine I would want to use
> 120V. 
> Second questions.  From there, I can set my Variac from 0 to 100%.  As wall
> outlet are supposed to provide 120V, am I correct in that I would set 
> it to 100%
> and then plug in the old GeneCafe?  I'd rather not fry my GeneCafe if
> possible...  :)
> Thanks in advance,
> Ken
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