[Homeroast] 2nd crack

Phil Bergman Phil at junglemusic.net
Fri Aug 9 21:09:30 CDT 2013


I also have a Gene Cafe.

What I do is:

1.  First, watch the beans and their color.  After you hit cool, they'll get
somewhat darker or more roasted even though new heat is not added.  If they
look "black" (waited too long), nothing else matters.  You've gone too far.

2.  Listen for first crack.  Sometimes it is subtle, other times noisy.
But, listen for its absence, i.e. 30 seconds from last "pop"
3.  Watch or more intense smoke coming at this point.  But, it can fake you
out.  Keep looking at the beans.
4.  Smell the smoke.  After first crack, it's more pungent to me.

Most important, always watch the color.  If it's getting really dark brown
and you haven't hit "cool", it's going to get darker.  So, think ahead of
the curve.

Hope this helps.

Phil


-----Original Message-----
From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
Behalf Of Terry McVay
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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] 2nd crack

Never used a Behmor but with my RK drum setup I find that at least one,
often two of Tom's beans snap about a minute before second. I have to listen
hard so not sure if this is much help.. Terry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com]
> On Behalf Of John Nanci
> Sent: Friday, August 09, 2013 11:13 AM
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] 2nd crack
> 
> You have to learn how to anticipate and coast into the end of the 
> roast.  I've found good aroma clues to know before it reaches 2nd.
> 
> John
> 
> At 11:08 AM 8/9/2013, you wrote:
> >yes.
> >
> >
> >On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM, sj177p <sj177p at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > There is much talk about stopping a roast before 2nd crack. I have
> a
> > > gene roaster which has a cool button. If I press the cool button 
> > > before 2nd crack, I believe that the beans may still reach 2nd
> crack
> > > during the process of cooling down. Is this roast considered then
> to
> > > have reached 2nd crack? I prefer lighter roasts but not too light
> as then it becomes sour.
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