[Homeroast] Who am I responding to?!

John Nanci john at chocolatealchemy.com
Wed Jun 22 14:57:17 CDT 2016


Yep, same here.  One good old Campbell's soup.  I recall getting up to a 
gargantuan 7 oz  on my trusty WB P1.


On 6/22/2016 12:25 PM, Phil Palmintere wrote:
> 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.
>
> Sent from an old fashioned rotary telephone.
>
>
>
>> 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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