[Homeroast] Who am I responding to?!

Phil Palmintere phil.palmintere at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 14:25:48 CDT 2016


Instead of a glass chimney, I used a metal soup can. I cut off both ends and then I slit the side from end to end. Then I just bent it to fit. 

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> On Jun 22, 2016, at 12:05 PM, Byron - Sweet Maria's Coffee <byron at sweetmarias.com> wrote:
> 
> When were were testing different models of popcorn poppers, we didn't find
> any with the bottom vent that worked well. Most of them would not circulate
> the beans or would just blast beans right out of the cylinder. With that
> said, we have heard of people having very good experiences with them so it
> totally depends on what model you have.
> 
> Here's a VERY old post about how to rewire your popper.
> http://legacy.sweetmarias.com/airpop/airpoppermods.switch.html
> 
> 
> Also, here's a link to one of a few threads in the forum that discuss
> popper mods.
> http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=4010
> 
>> On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Sam,
>> 
>> It's interesting to finally see the source of the warnings against poppers
>> with the circular vent in the bottom. The last I recall, from several years
>> ago, was that many people successfully used these poppers, and there was
>> speculation regarding the source of the warnings, the source hadn't' been
>> actually pinned down.
>> 
>> Brian
>> 
>> On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Sam Walters <sam49.cooks at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Somewhere on the web, and maybe linked in some of the material about
>> popper
>>> roasting on SM website, are instructions about how to separate the
>> circuits
>>> to the fan and heat coil on a popper and use rheostats and drill speed
>>> controllers, etc. to control heat and fan speed separately.  This allows
>>> you to control the roast process.  You do have to buy a capacitor (easy
>> to
>>> order) and solder it into one of the circuits.  I did this about 6 years
>>> ago and it worked fine except I couldn't get large enough roasts.  A
>> glass
>>> oil lamp chimney that sits in the popper throat is a good solution for
>>> "overflow."
>>> 
>>> Poppers with the heat blowing up the center are like real commercial
>> fluid
>>> bed roasters.  The warning against this type goes back to one anecdotal
>>> incident in a book on homeroasting.  If you overload the popper,
>>> particularly one without separated controls, so that the weight of the
>> cold
>>> beans is more than its fan can move (circulate), then the beans on the
>>> bottom get all the heat and the only ones really roasting.  If you do
>> this
>>> and aren't paying attention, you will burn the beans and potentially
>> start
>>> a fire.  When you can gradually heat the beans while controlling air
>> flow,
>>> this isn't a problem.  It is always a good ideal to be careful and pay
>>> attention when working with high heat.
>>> 
>>> I had my rewired popper "figured out" in that I knew its maximum load of
>>> beans for the popper fan.  I contemplated trying to increase the air flow
>>> so I could roast more beans, but that was getting somewhat complicated.
>>> 
>>> Switched to heat gun and have been happy with that ever since.   Simple
>> to
>>> control, easy to vary roast sizes,  use sight, smell, and sounds to gauge
>>> my roasts.  Been doing close to 6 years, most of it with the same heat
>> gun
>>> I got from HF for $10.  Gradually carbonized one wooden spoon which had
>> to
>>> be replaced.  Bought two different sized mixing bowls at thrift stores
>> for
>>> less than $10.  Drilled 3 holes in each to put in sheet metal screws to
>>> keep the bowl from sliding around on the concrete when I stir the beans.
>>> Have foot long set of tweezers to reach in and pick out defective beans
>>> spotted while roasting.  (Only been doing that a few years - made huge
>>> improvement to the quality of my coffee.)
>>> 
>>> Sam
>>> 
>>>> On Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 5:50 PM, Scot Murphy <deppitybob at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> To anyone who saw and remembers: A few weeks ago I posted about the
>>>> amazing find of the Cuisinart 900W (IIIRC), a popper that rivaled the
>>> Mark
>>>> I Poppery in power and ease of use. It has a central single vent,
>> though,
>>>> where the Poppery had side vents. As a result, I was getting complete
>>>> roasts in about 3 minutes, which is obviously pretty ludicrous. I was
>>> told
>>>> to use a full half-cup of beans, which is counter-intuitive to using a
>>>> smaller amount in a smaller chamber. That made good sense, but it
>>>> overflowed the chamber. The mod there is pretty simple: stick a can
>> into
>>>> the chamber. Now, I’d been told I would have to stir the beans
>> vigorously
>>>> for the first couple of minutes. This is difficult because the heat is
>>>> powerful enough to really scorch your hand, no matter how high it is
>>> above
>>>> the chamber.
>>>> 
>>>> So…I went out to my redbud tree and searched for a pretty much
>>>> perpendicular branch, so that I could have a central stirrer but keep
>> my
>>>> hand out of it. I found one that kind of works, but need one that
>>> *really*
>>>> works. That’s eluding me, but the general idea works well. The half-cup
>>>> idea worked well, too, except that it tends to roast unevenly (mostly
>>>> because of the heat/stirrer issue). I stretched out my roasting time
>> too
>>>> about 7 minutes. Maybe I need a lower-wattage popper? There are plenty
>> of
>>>> cheap ones on the market, including, I’m sure, the Poppery II. I just
>>> want
>>>> one that will complete the roast with enough heat, enough air, and with
>>> an
>>>> on/off switch. Something that will extend the roast, allow me to mod
>> the
>>>> chamber to allow about 1/2 cups of green beans, and allow me to start
>>> after
>>>> the chamber is loaded and without having to plug/unplug the beastie.
>>>> 
>>>> Anyway, for now, this works. To whomever gave me the advice, thank you!
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Scot “roasting on the cheap” Murphy
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