[Homeroast] Rotisserie roasting

Scott Thile sethile.pipes at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 15:18:47 CST 2017


Rats, should have proofed that! I can get pretty close to full city+ by
stoping very early into *2nd crack*!! Not first crack!!!

On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:14 PM, Scott Thile <sethile.pipes at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I've had good success using a system similar in design to the RK Drum on a
> 3 burner propane grill:
>
> http://www.rkdrums.com/
>
> Do some searching around and you'll find all kinds of information and
> variations.
>
> The drum and motor I'm using are early versions that came from the
> following eBay vender that copied the RK stuff:
> http://www.ebay.com/sch/metal-craftsman/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
>
> I've been very happy with mine for the price (it was cheeper back then),
> but I suspect the RK stuff is a little better made. It may be the newer
> Metal Craftsman stuff is better than the version I have too. I've had to do
> a few repairs and mods on the drum. Mine will roast up to 5lbs, but my
> typical roasts are between 1 1/2 and 3 lbs. It does have a rib to keep the
> beans moving. I would think you'd want to rig something up if yours does
> not have one.
>
> I originally used a standard (slow) rotisserie motor. It worked, but the
> roasts were very uneven. The 60 RPM motor I bought from the metal craftsman
> fellow greatly improved my roasts, which are now much more even.
>
> I like to keep the grill temp (as measured by the thermometer in the lid)
> at just under 500 degrees. I'm not sure the rating on mine, but it has
> three burners. You can improve the heat retention by covering up the
> various drafts. This is essential in very cold, and/or windy conditions,
> and at all times for efficiency. I just use tin foil and move it around to
> adjust the amount of airflow.
>
> I'd love to be able to measure the bean mass temp. I can get close using
> digital thermometer and a probe that just touches the outside outside of
> the drum, but it's a pain to use, and not as accurate as I'd like, so I
> don't normally mess with it. Roasting times vary depending on how much
> coffee I'm roasting, but I can usually hit second crack at around 12:30
> minutes for 1 1/2 lbs and around 18 minutes for closer to 3 lbs. It's great
> to be able to roast 3lbs or more at a time, especially fun to have extra
> roasted and packaged up as gifts during the holidays.
>
> My main problem is repeatability. I can get a pretty consistent full city+
> roast by stoping very early into 1st crack. I can usually keep the profile
> close by messing with the burners and adjusting my tin foil covering the
> gaps while watching the lid temp. It's a little hit and miss. Anything
> other than full city+ is risky at best, and not at all repeatable if I do
> happen to hit a profile I like.
>
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 12:27 AM, Michael Schinasi <
> mschinasi at suddenlink.net> wrote:
>
>> Does anyone use a rotisserie for roasting?  I have been using my gas
>> barbecue with a mesh outdoor popcorn popper and it works pretty well. You
>> can roast up to around a pound of beans. But i am looking for something
>> that will be more automatic; I have to shake the basket back and forth for
>> anywhere from 20 minutes to 40.  The Rotisserie I saw has a high
>> temperature of 400 degrees. If I recall correctly to get to second crack
>> you have to get the beans to around 450 degrees. But I was wondering if
>> the
>> heat builds up in the beans so even if the roaster is not getting up to
>> 450
>> the beans will. I have roasted outside when it is very cold and I can't
>> get
>> me grill much above 420 degrees. But that is the ambient temperature of
>> the
>> grill and while it takes longer --about 40 minutes for 3/4 to 1 pound--
>> the
>> coffee still comes out tasting OK.  The other thing is that the rotisserie
>> rotates about 3-4 times per minute. Is that enough?  One last thing is
>> that
>> the basket does not have any kind of interior rib. So I wonder if that it
>> will be the basket that turns but the beans will just remain on the bottom
>> and not actually turn over.  Any thoughts?
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>
>
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>
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*"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his
hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and
his brain and his heart is an artist."---Louis Nizer, Between You and Me,
Beechurst Press, 1948.*


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