[Homeroast] Quest first roast

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Sun Jan 16 15:28:44 CST 2011


Thanks, Barry. Great post. I felt like I was sitting right there
watching. I look forward to hearing more as you learn about the M3.

Brian

On Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Barry Luterman <lutermanb at gmail.com> wrote:
> Received my M3 Friday. I tried my first roast with it yesterday. I roasted
> in my garage The ambient temperature was about 50 degrees. I pre-heated the
> Quest  to 200 C  with the air volume on 4 1/2. When the machine was
> preheated I introduced 8 oz (233 gr) of my C list coffee. The heat setting
> was right in the middle. Unfortunately, I did not have a watch with me. The
> roast went on and on. The trier worked fine the bean samples looked good but
> I never smelled impending first crack nor heard it. Suddenly it dawned on me
> that the heat was not high enough on the machine to overcome the ambient
> temperature. As a result of the reduced ambient heat my beans were baking
> rather than roasting. This is a problem I have never encountered in my years
> of roasting in Hawaii. I immediately increased the heat and as a result my
> beans turned ebony shiney black with an oil sheen you could see your face
> in. There I was with a half pound of baked beans on the inside and burnt on
> the outside. However,at least , my drum was seasoned.
> Second roast; pre heated drum, introduced 233 gr of beans. noticed heat
> dropped 100 degrees. Cut back heat but not as far as the first roast and
> timed the roast at nine minutes first crack. The crack was amazingly loud.
> The sound of the crack reverberates in the bean chute and sounds like rifle
> shots. Cut back the heat and increased the air flow. The roast continued
> through first crack and immediately entered second crack. Dumped the beans.
> Turned off the heat increased the air flow to maximum and placed the roasted
> beans in the cooling portion..
> I was impressed with the cooling speed of the machine, the uniformity of the
> color of the roast and the sound of the cracks.
> After I cleaned the Quest an easy task. I went to Target and bought my first
> upgrade for the Quest. I purchased a Quartz space heater for the garage.
> More to follow.
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