[Homeroast] Questions about roasting and the Quest

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 10:55:06 CDT 2014

I pre-heat to 200 C. I open the heat full on. When the reading hits 190 I
back the meter off to either 8.5 or 9 depending on what beans I am
roasting. When temp reaches 200 I introduce 300 gr of beans (my roaster has
heat wrap). The temperature will drop depending on the temperature of the
beans and the ambient air. The temperature drop is normal. As soon as i
introduce the beans I start my stop watch. My target is to get to 150
degrees by 5 minutes. I make the necessary adjustments to the amperage
control to achieve this goal. Next goal is to achieve first crack by 8.5
minutes (180 to 190 degrees). Again I use the amperage control to achieve
this goal. After First crack all other heat modifications are done with the
fan control. Dump beans at 12 minutes or when temp reaches ( 215 or 220).

On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:52 PM, John Monteleone
<johnmonteleone at gmail.com>wrote:

> I've roasted eight batches with my new Quest and I had few questions.
> I've been having a hard time controlling my first pre-heat.  I've been
> trying to pre-heat to 220 c and I've found myself coasting right threw to
> 230 and 240.  Then I drop my beans and the temperature went down to 160 c.
>  On another time when the preheat was lower, the temperature dropped to 130
> c.  What is the impact of the starting point being so different.
>  Also, if my intention is to never hit second crack, what temperatures
> should I be targeting.  First crack has been happening at around 192 c.
>  Some roasts have coasted up to 210 and some have hung around 200 c.  Does
> any have any comments on that as well.
> Thanks so much.
> John
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