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  • Hottop KN-8828B-2K+

    Anyone roasting using one of these?

    Anyone got it talking/being controlled by the Artisan software yet?

    Yeah so I got one and have done some pretty good roasts on it - just following the Greg Pullman video on hottop.com.au

    I've tried to save my roast profile but it didn't 'seem' to be doing it - but the last roast I did it was definitely adjusting the heat but not the fan for some reason. Weird. So I did get artisan talking to the roaster and I get a nice plot of a roast. (see attached)

    Just after 2 mins it switched the fan on which I quickly turn off and at around 5 mins it briefly turns the heat down which I crank back up to 100% (or the program does this for the heat as well when I am running my saved program) Dumping the beans just after second crack starts and I'm getting CS11 roast. A world of difference to my Behmor roasts.

    Anyway, interested to hear of anyone using Artisan to control the roaster as it doesn't seem 100% straight forward to me.
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    Hi David

    The fan turning on after 2 mins - I think that's automatic to get some of the moisture out of the roasting chamber, it will happen on any profile. The turning down after 5 mins - that may be something in the profile you're using?

    I think Greg's videos explain how to store profiles after roasting, there's a small window to do it after you empty the chaff tray?

    I'm going on memory as I sold my 2B a while ago.

    Cheers

    Sniff

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    • #3
      Yes it's automatic. It seems that when you save a program it's only saving the heat setting. The turning down is in the auto profile which gets saved. As I turn it back to full it's only down for a minute and the profile saved adjusts it right back up as well.

      Yes - I can store profiles. I think what is confusing me is the profile is stored on the basis of time not temperature which is a little useless.

      Anyway I'm looking at trying to get Artisan to work in a full control mode as this seems to work on temperature but it's all a little cryptic so far.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DavidW1960 View Post
        Yes it's automatic. It seems that when you save a program it's only saving the heat setting. The turning down is in the auto profile which gets saved. As I turn it back to full it's only down for a minute and the profile saved adjusts it right back up as well.

        Yes - I can store profiles. I think what is confusing me is the profile is stored on the basis of time not temperature which is a little useless.

        Anyway I'm looking at trying to get Artisan to work in a full control mode as this seems to work on temperature but it's all a little cryptic so far.

        Mine saves the profile exactly as it was on the roast just performed, including any fan or heat adjustments. The only thing it doesn't save is the point at which the beans are ejected.

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        • #5
          So.....

          Eventually got Artisan running and controlling the roaster and it's a thing of beauty. Best thing is I can set it to control the roaster based on temperature not time.

          I have found this is incredibly consistent and first crack happens between 184°C and 188°C every time regardless of ambient temperature etc.

          Looking at Greg's video where he runs the KN-8828B-2 (manual one through it's paces) and I wrote down the triggers he was using to roast, then emulated that on the 2K+

          Pre-heat till 75°C then add beans
          At 100°C run fan on 75% for 20 seconds
          15 mins on timer, 140°C reduce heat to 70% and fan to 25%
          13 mins on timer, 165ºC heat 70%, fan 50%
          9 mins on timer, 180ºC heat 70% fan 75%
          7 mins on timer, 195ºC Heat 40% fan 100%
          1:50 on timer, 202ºC end roast

          So I've been following that except I'm turning heat to 40% and fan to 100% at 190°C instead of 195°C

          Seems pretty good but I'm interested in what other people think is their best profile.

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