[Homeroast] Questions about roasting and the Quest

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 18:49:02 CDT 2014


With a heat wrap load can be pushed to 300 gr and ambient temp can be as
low as 40s.



On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM, Marshall, Larry <lcm at marshap.com> wrote:

> Excuse the diversion, but I thought the maximum load was 200 gm. You can
> use as much as a half pound?
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 5:23 AM, Frank Parth <frank at fparth.com> wrote:
>
> > John,
> > A drop to 160C isn't bad. I put in 250 grams and the temp will drop from
> > 200C (my starting point) to 110-120C.
> >
> > You'll find that different beans will start first crack at very different
> > temperatures. I've had low altitude beans start first crack as low as
> 185C,
> > and high altitude beans not start until over 200C. Once FC starts I'll
> turn
> > the fan speed up to max (around 9 on my dial) and stretch out the time to
> > second crack.
> >
> > HTH
> >
> > Frank Parth
> >
> >
> > On Apr 25, 2014, at 2:52 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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