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    HeatSnob Temperature Data Logger Thermocouple and Roast Monitor USB software

    HeatSnob - Accurate Temperature Monitoring

    The CoffeeSnobs USB Temperature Data Logger has now been replaced by a smaller, neater device called HeatSnob.



    HeatSnob works with CoffeeSnobs Roast Monitor software and Roast Monitor will work with a mixture of HeatSnob units and the previous meters. You can run up to 9 temperature monitors although 2 or 3 is enough for most people. Bean temperature, air temperature and exhaust temperature are the 3 most common areas to monitor but you could also add cooling tray or ambient temperature if you can use that data too.


    This meter and software has been installed on 1000s of different PCs all over the planet and everyone I know that run it are getting much more consistent results using this logging and replicating.


    Tested as working well on:
    • Win98SE
    • Windows XP Pro
    • Windows XP Home
    • Vista Business
    • Windows 7 (32bit)
    • Windows 7 (64 bit)
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 10


    Mac? I have been told that it works fine using Parallels for Mac.
    (We still suggest you are far better off getting a low-end PC which will run this fine)

    Not working well on:
    • VMware (suffers from disconnections during the roast)
    • Linux. Sorry, but I doubt it will run on Linux until Sun Java gets a working USB library for Linux, Mac and Windows.


    You can scrounge an old PC for next to nothing these days. *The hardware requirements of the software is very low and it will run on just about any Windows PC with a USB port. *Finding an old notebook (with 1024px resolution) is often a great way to use this roasting tool.

    This is a true plug and play hardware device, Windows automagically loads its own driver for it and it appears in Device Manager as a HID without mucking about with serial device driver files and having to know baud rates and com ports.


    Where to buy?

    The USB Temperature Datalogger is available in BeanBay "Other Stuff" now.
    CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Other Stuff - HeatSnob Temperature Data Logger

    Software Download

    You can get the Roast Monitor software V2.60 (February 2016)
    (RoastMonitor.exe - 2666KB) for this meter from:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/RoastMonitor/Roastmonitor.exe

    After downloading, run the installer and follow the simple prompts.

    The installer will:
    * Place a Roast Monitor icon on your desktop
    * Install into Program Files (x86)
    * Saved profiles, logs and preferences will be under Documents/CoffeeSnobs

    This will make future updates cleaner and easier, leaving the previous profiles and settings and only updating the program.

    Roast Monitor uses Java for the display, if you don't have Java then you need to download it from Oracle (free download): Download Free Java Software


    Roast Monitor User Guide

    This excellent user guide was put together by CSr GrahamK for the older meter version but should help new users and existing ones get up to speed with the features pretty quickly.
    450Kb Word Doc.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/RoastMonit...User-Guide.zip
    Thanks Graham* 8-)

    Revision Notes:
    Detailed revision notes are included in the download.

    Troubleshooting
    • Nearly every problem reported in the last eight years was fixed by downloading and installing current versions of Java


    This would be a great time to remind people that this software is written for me to use with the commercial roaster at the Snobbery and it has been working perfectly for up to 50 roasts per week, every week of the year for years.

    While I'm happy to share it with CSrs for free and welcome new ideas please understand that if I cannot see a benefit in a requested feature or think it would hinder my usage then I won't want it in the software.


    A template for mounting the stainless thermocouple in the Behmor1600 is below.

    Outside of Australia?
    HeatSnob is available to other countries via HeatSnob.com

    Please Note: we will clean this thread from time to time and update any new information in this first post to avoid confusion when a new version is released.





    Last edited by Javaphile; 10th February 2016 at 11:15 AM.
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    Troubleshooting.

    When you install the Heatsnob the first time Windows will try and find a "plug 'n pray" driver for it.

    You should see the installation icon the bottom right of the task bar, opening it will show the following.


    1: It will try and get an updated driver for "HID Thermocouple" from Windows Update, you can wait for the time-out or better still, click on "skip obtaining driver software from Windows Update"






    Because Windows never trusts you, it will also ask you to confirm the click. Answer Yes.




    It will then go ahead and install the driver you already had on your machine.
    You can click Close when it's done.



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    (cleaned the rest of the thread of previous version discussions to avoid confusion)




    New Version of Roast Monitor Released Today.


    V2.60

    It has a logo change, some formatting shuffled and a couple of small bug fixes.
    I've done 100 odd roasts on this version and seen no problems so it's now going live.

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    How do I change the Heatsnob to Farhenheit? Also how much of the probe should be in the bean mass? I did a roast today and I have the probe set really low in my breadmaker to ensure that it stays within the bean mass and I can only have about 4-5mm of the probe in the pan to keep it from getting hit by the mixing paddle, and I only hit 141 Celsius during the roast, despite hitting first crack at 6 minutes. . .

    Thanks!

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    Edit the settings file:

    Documents/CoffeeSnobs/Preferences.txt

    Code:
    # Temperature scale - either Celsius or Fahrenheit.
    temperatureScale=Celsius
    You need to spell it right too!

    Probe? The tip reads the temperature but if the probe is a tight fit then it will act as a heat-sink and give you the temperature of the metal it's going through.

    You can also use the "multiplier" in the preferences file to calibrate your setup... or calibrate the probe to boiling water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    Are the slider min/max values user adjustable? Or can they be replaced with presets?
    Not user adjustable but they are 1-100 so you can plot percentages... which is also perfect for plotting manual Behmor buttons as P1=0% P2=25% P3=50% P4=75% P5=100%.

    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    Is there a way to manually capture other values, eg entering A and B temps?
    The comments field allows you to type something in, it gets tagged on the primary plot line and also added to the CSV file so you can see/use it later.

    You can also change the value of the 5 buttons if its something that you find yourself typing a lot. In your example it might make sense to have a button called "P5 Manual" instead of "Rolling Second Crack" and that way you can plot on the line when you use it.

    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    Also, is there a way of loading the csv file with the colours active, if loaded as a template it is all green ready for next roast.
    Yep, that's covered in the Preferences.txt file ( My Documents/CoffeeSnobs/Prefferences.txt )

    Code:
    # Colour of template display (RGB 0,0,0 to 255,255,255).
    templateColours=0,128,0 0,100,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0
    If you want it to be blue then change the first set of RGB number to 0,0,255 eg:

    Code:
    # Colour of template display (RGB 0,0,0 to 255,255,255).
    templateColours=0,0,255 0,100,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0 0,128,0

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    had a question via email...

    ...are the event buttons changeable
    Yes they certainly are.

    Edit this section in the preferences.txt file to have the 5 buttons become a shortcut for whatever you like.
    (my documents/coffeesnobs/preferences.txt)

    Code:
    # Text for tag buttons.
    tagButton1=First<br>Crack
    tagButton2=Rolling<br>First
    tagButton3=Open<br>Air
    tagButton4=Close<b>Air</b>
    tagButton5=Drop<br>Beans

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    Quote Originally Posted by gz20tt View Post
    Cheers Andy.
    I'll keep an eye out in Beanbay for the probes to come back in.
    New Probes have landed and are in BeanBay now...


    CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Other Stuff - Spare Thermocouple Probe Stainless Braid 25mm

    CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Other Stuff - Spare Thermocouple Probe Stainless Braid 100mm

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    Andy: Are these (or will they be) available to U.S. residents who have already purchased your HeatSnob? Regards, Jim

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    Are they? No
    Will they be? Maybe

    We just landed them on here (wrong side of the planet).
    Freight is the killer, about $16 to send one to the USA so it will take some more thought and price checks to see if freighting some bulk to the USA and shipping from there makes more sense.

    Give me a little while to work out logistics and I'll let you know.

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    Andy: I appreciate your efforts and will keep watch. Regards, Jim

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    Ascherjim, have sent you a PM

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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Hi Andy
    I have just purchased the Roast Monitor Data logger Thermocouple and installed it in my new 5kg Has Garanti. The roaster's probe and the Roast Monitor probe are close together - within 20mm of each other .. the Roast Monitor probe projects into the drum about 5mm further than the Has probe and is about half the thickness.
    I have downloaded and installed the V2.6 software.
    Both probes register the same ambient temperature at the start of warm up, but the the Roast Monitor probe climbs very quickly and soon is showing at least 100C higher than the Has probe .. as the Has approaches 200C the Roast Monitor probe is heading close to 300C.
    Any suggestions?
    Regards
    Jos

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