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  • Cooling Beans after Roast

    Hi all,
    How’s everybody cooling their beans after roasting? I had the thought of using an exhaust fan in a bucket with the beans in a colander over the top. Has anyone done something like this or would recommend anything else?

  • #2
    Yep, that would work, here's a shot of my cooler, I use a gem sieve rather than a colander, its a 20 litre bucket with an exhaust fan mounted in the bottom, cools very quickly.?
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    • Dimal
      Dimal commented
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      Same as mine, works a treat.
      Beans are cooled to ambient temp. in less than a minute... 8-)

  • #3
    What size exhaust fan is it?
    I can get a 250 one tomorrow but wasn’t sure if a 200 might be better suited to a large bucket like yours.

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    • Yelta
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      Not sure of the size of my fan, not critical, I would probably go for the bigger one, as long as it will fit, the more air you move the faster the beans will cool.

  • #4
    I’ve got something very similar to Yelta. Probably ripped off his design actually. I have a pail bucket from Bunnings and then got an exhaust fan that just fit right into the top, cut holes just like Yelts and then got a sieve off eBay. The sieve fit right in snug with the exhaust fan bolts and sits level. Was just using a pedestal fan before. Exhaust fan is much much better.

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    • #5
      Originally posted by miller0 View Post
      Has anyone done something like this or would recommend anything else?
      This is the exact method I use and it works great. It cools 500g batches in a few minutes.
      If you’re buying from Bunnings you can physically check the fan diameter matches up when you’re in there.

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      • #6
        Mine is the same concept as above. I use an old pasta strainer Click image for larger version

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        • #7
          Originally posted by dimmy View Post
          Mine is the same concept as above. I use an old pasta strainer Click image for larger version

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          Ooh that looks slick, the roast looks nice too!

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          • dimmy
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            Combined roast of 3 different beans.

        • #8
          Just FYI, IKEA sell a pasta strainer for around $13 .

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