[Homeroast] FIRST CRACK

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 12:09:52 CDT 2013


As both a home roaster and Audiologist I am so pleased to read this thread.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dave,
>
> I too got hearing aids, about a year ago (from Costco). I can usually hear
> first crack without the aids, and I don't go much beyond first crack, so I
> have been roasting without the aids to keep them out of the smoke. Probably
> doesn't matter, but that's what I do. I don't think I could hear second
> crack because there are too many similar and competing sounds and second
> crack probably blends in.
>
> The most amazing thing for me after getting hearing aids was how much
> softer I can play the radio, and how much I can understand of what the
> people on the radio are saying. Same with music (though I also got a
> 31-band equalizer and headphones, and the sound of music through headphones
> is much more musical). But at first it was really strange to hear all the
> high tones, tympani, etc in the music.
>
> Brian
>
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM, Dave Huddle <
> 137trimethyl26dioxopurine at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I recently re-discovered FIRST CRACK in my Behmor roaster.    I began home
>> roasting (popcorn popper) shortly after Tom opened his shop in Columbus -
>> way back in the 20th century.
>>
>> In the last several years I sort of noticed that some beans really didn't
>> have much sound of first crack, and sometimes I didn't hear the beginning
>> of 2nd crack at all.
>>
>> Then I was fitted with hearing aids because of my high frequency hearing
>> lost and - WOW! - I hear 1st crack again and 2nd crack too.   What a
>> difference!
>>
>> So my home roasts are turning out better since I can hear the crack sounds
>> over the hum of my exhaust hood and the drone of the Behmor and I'm able to
>> stop the roast before I have a charbucks mess.
>>
>> Dave
>> Westerville, OH
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