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    I have a sample roaster that ive inherited from my grandmother, circa 1900...You have to wind up a mechanism that spins the tumbler and gets it going. the heating element is spun wire that runs in zigzags at the bottom similar to an old heater...but boy dont i have some great fun roasting!

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    Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

    Hi tilogarciaprieto,

    That sounds like a neat little roaster you have. Any chance of posting some photos? Im sure thered be one or two others on here thatd love to take a look as well.

    -ACog

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    • #3
      Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

      I was hoping to give it a crack with 100 grams incase I murder the greens

      i like to roast in batches of 100g for 2 reasons:
      1-it allows me to check the weight loss easily when i have finished roasting (usually I like it between 15-18% loss)...and,
      2-it is a small amount to dispose of, if you stuff up.

      I usually do 3 batches:
      1- 1st crak even all beans,
      2- well into 1st crak, beginnig of second, and
      3- 2nd crak even.

      once de-gassed, i try shots of the 3 different roast. when I am happy with one, i do another 100 g batch to try to replicate the selected batch to familiarise myself with the darkness, the craks, etc and then move onto a larger batch with these points in mind:
      -Roasted coffee reaches its best around 48 hrs after roasting.
      -Roasted coffee keeps its best for up to 7 days at room temp in a one way valve bag (obviously some alteration to the taste happens after the 2nd day sometimes enhances, but usually it gradually deteriorates...)
      -I use 20-25g of roasted coffee a day, 3-4 espresso shots

      i prefer to have my beans between 2-4 after roasting...

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        Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

        Originally posted by 5C5E525A5A54534E3D0 link=1244562292/156#156 date=1245911089
        That sounds like a neat little roaster you have. Any chance of posting some photos? Im sure thered be one or two others on here thatd love to take a look as well.
        I will post a pic as my profile pic... its quite cute!

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        • #5
          Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

          Originally posted by 0B0E090F130007610 link=1244562292/136#136 date=1245667912
          I was hoping to give it a crack with 100 grams incase I murder the greens Shocked
          i find 100g is ideal size for me... see previous post as to reasons why.

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            Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

            Originally posted by 67656961616F6875060 link=1244562292/156#156 date=1245911089
            Any chance of posting some photos? Im sure thered be one or two others on here thatd love to take a look as well.
            is there a section on this forum to post pics?
            sorry i am new to CSs...

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              Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

              here a picture of the guts of the roaster

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                Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                Originally posted by 786560636B6D7E6F656D7C7E656978630C0 link=1244562292/157#157 date=1245912360
                -Roasted coffee reaches its best around 48 hrs after roasting.
                I disagree.
                This is a generalisation.


                Originally posted by 786560636B6D7E6F656D7C7E656978630C0 link=1244562292/157#157 date=1245912360
                i prefer to have my beans between 2-4 after roasting...
                This I agree with.

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                  Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                  Originally posted by 3509140F050413060E05610 link=1244562292/162#162 date=1245914090
                  -Roasted coffee reaches its best around 48 hrs after roasting.
                  I disagree.
                  This is a generalisation.
                  I agree with you, it is a generalisation as beans have different behaviours, levels of hardness, moisture content, etc, etc.
                  Hence, I roast 3 batches let them degas and try them over the following days...try to understand the behaviour of the oxidation process of that particular bean, the weather of those days surrounding the event, especially moist and rainy days...
                  which is what makes home roasting exdciting

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                    Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                    Originally posted by 55484D4E46405342484051534844554E210 link=1244562292/160#160 date=1245913493
                    is there a section on this forum to post pics?
                    sorry i am new to CSs...
                    No need to apologise.
                    Thats a ripper of a roaster! A real classic.

                    There is no special photo section, but there is a roaster section, so maybe a moderator can move it there so more can see it.

                    Greg

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                      Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                      Originally posted by 7A676261696F7C6D676F7E7C676B7A610E0 link=1244562292/155#155 date=1245910793
                      I have a sample roaster that ive inherited from my grandmother, circa 1900...You have to wind up a mechanism that spins the tumbler and gets it going. the heating element is spun wire that runs in zigzags at the bottom similar to an old heater...but boy dont i have some great fun roasting!  
                      I love the simplicity of that roaster.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                        Originally posted by 312C292A222437262C2435372C20312A450 link=1244562292/160#160 date=1245913493
                        is there a section on this forum to post pics?
                        sorry i am new to CSs..
                        Excellent roaster, look forward to seeing more.

                        Best place would be to start a new thread in the roaster section as this BeanBay area gets cleaned once a month.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                          They dont build them like they used to
                          100+ years old and still working [smiley=thumbup.gif]

                          KK

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                            Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                            nice, any brand or makers name on the case?

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                              Re: Clockwork Roaster.... ~1900

                              No unfortunately my father had it rebuilt in the 80s while we were still living overseas and during the re-Chroming of the outside case any such branding in the case might have been lost, as he only wanted it for decoration purposes :-/
                              When he discovered my passion for coffee, he handed it down only to discover that the heating element has had it; so I had it replaced and since, it has been working fine (knock on wood) and will continue for many years to come,

                              unless I decide to buy a new one, from what I have seen at DiBartolis Site there a couple that catch my eye.... which one will I go for?

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