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    Hi all,

    After reading through this section and eyeing off my wifes bread maker I decided to give home roasting a go.  First of all thank you all for taking the time to post tips and advice as it has made things so much easier.

    My starter pack turned up today and I have just roasted 500gm of Malawi AA.

    I am using a Panasonic bm modified to run constantly and an ozito variable temp hg. I have a DMM and a fan blowing across the hg

    All seemed to go very well, I followed one of the profiles from the site an I achived fc at 11:10 @ 204C and sc started at 17:20 @ 212.

    They didnt cool down has quick as I would have liked using a couple of colanders in front of the fan, so I will need to come up with better cooling system.

    The beans seem a nice colour so they are now in an airtight one way valve bag waiting!

    Should I wait 3 days before trying them?  I hope they taste alright.

    Anyway here are a few pics you all.






  • #2
    Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

    Hi Barrel,
    Welcome to home roasting
    Your roast looks good to me, wait between 3-7 days before trying them. "or" try some every day to taste how the flavour develops over time.
    Have fun with it and enjoy the great FRESH coffees you can have
    Warren.

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    • #3
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      Welcome to the Corretto Club, Barrel.

      Looks a good set-up. And for a first roast, it looks very good. The Malawis a nice bean - nice even roasting, good body and taste. When to try them? Generally youd give them a couple of days to develop their flavour and de-gas a bit, and probably wait a week before they start to peak (as a rule of thumb). But if you want to try them in the morning, go for it. Part of home roasting is tasting how your roasts develop over time.

      BTW your temps for FC (a bit high?) and SC (a bit low?) seem a bit out of whack, but the timing was pretty good and there may be some explanation for that.

      Greg

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      • #4
        Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

        That roast looks good to me, and the timing sounds right.

        Generally beans have more bite until they de-gas for a few days--but try them anytime and see what you like.

        For me, some of the very smooth beans are nice really fresh, some beans taste really mediocre until 7-10 days old. The amount of crema can be surprising with very fresh beans, although it dissipates more quickly. I guess the CO2 pumps up the crema.

        And welcome to the "hooked on roasting" club. There really is no way back. :P

        Greg

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        • #5
          Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

          Thanks for the replies so far guys. FC may have come slightly earlier ( I wasnt sure what I was listening for) I went from 198c to 205c during that minute so it may have come around the 200c mark?

          I will be getting a hold of a bucket and ceiling fan before my next roast.

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          • #6
            Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

            Congrats! Worth it, every cent.

            I have a domestic stand fan about 40cm dia, I use the slow speed while roasting and the fastest speed for cooling, pouring from a sieve into a small Bunnings handy-pail bucket and back again.  I angle the bucket so it catches the fan air too which speeds the cooling a fair bit. Cools in a couple of minutes to a warm temp suitable for valve bagging.

            Denser beans take longer to cool. And it always takes longer to cool on a freezing winter night when you cant wait to get back inside!

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            • #7
              Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

              Nice roast.
              Leave them for 24hrs and start trying and have a shot each day to compare how the flavours change as the beans age.
              You will be surprised at the differences in flavour you experience.
              As a rule though i tend to leave a roast 7 days prior to trying so i always ensure i have a batch of beans in reserve.

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              • #8
                Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                Looking good barrel... 8-)

                As a couple of others have suggested above, try cupping your first couple of roasts within a few hours or a day of roasting, just to give you an idea of how the flavour develops over time. That way, you can decide when the flavour peaks for you. Generally, we leave roast batches packed away to rest and develop for a couple of days at least but as you gain more experience and confidence, you may find that some bean varieties take a week or more before the flavour in the cup really gets the palate buzzing.

                Its all about experimentation mate; keep good records (including your cupping notes/impressions) and you will develop a roast log over time that will become indispensable for avoiding future mistakes and nailing your successful outcomes. Have fun.... ;D

                Mal.

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                • #9
                  Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                  Good job by all accounts.

                  Whats holding that heat gun?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                    Welcome to the dark roasted side
                    Nice roast

                    KK

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                    • #11
                      Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                      Nice shed ;D

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                        Originally posted by 7A465B404A4B5C49414A2E0 link=1245830631/8#8 date=1245851574

                        Whats holding that heat gun?

                        It is a hobby vice from Dick Smith, I already had it. I just checked the dse website and they are $39.95 so a lot dearer than the aldi drill holder.

                        The one I have is on a knuckle and can move in most directions so it is handy for aiming the gun. They do have a similar vice with the same mounting style but it is fixed for $16.99

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by 555D454F52360 link=1245830631/10#10 date=1245884627
                          Nice shed  ;D
                          Thanks! I like it, I am on a 1/2 acre so there is plenty of room for roasting.
                          The kids want me to finish the half built cubby house next to it though :

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                          • #14
                            Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                            Great looking roast Barrel

                            Chris

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                            • #15
                              Re: Ok I am now hooked too!

                              Thanks for all of the compliments guys. I just tried a cup 24 hours after roasting and although the taste was mellow it certainly wasnt bad at all.

                              I even slipped a cup to my wife without telling her and she said it tasted good, so I am happy with the roast so far, I assume it will only get better from here!

                              I added a fan to the corretto and I made a bean cooler today, I guess there is no turning back now.



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