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    1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi All,

    Ive been lurking on this forum for a while now soaking up as much information as possible. *Recently found a cheap 2nd hand popper and have just taken the plunge (with the assistance of my gorgeous wife *:)) with my 1st roast using Brazilian Bourbon beans from my starter pack.

    Ambient temp today is about 23 degrees, I roasted a 100 gram batch outside with a pedestal fan blowing over the popper.

    I distinctly heard 1st crack at about the 3 minute mark and heard a silence presumably between 1st and 2nd crack, the problem is I didnt really hear a discernible 2nd crack only the very odd crackle.

    The beans looked a good colour so I switched the roast off at the 8 minute mark.

    So, what do the experts say, did I do bad? *:-?

    Should I have left the roast longer, would I have heard the distinct sound of 2nd crack? *

    What is the likely hood of my roast being drinkable?

    Thanks guys - any help for this newbie is appreciated.

    Ive attached a picture of what my roast looks like.

    Cheers,
    Andrew






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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Welcome to CS.

    They look good.

    When did you hear the crackle? That is 2nd crack.

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Quote Originally Posted by 360A170C060710050D06620 link=1250311534/1#1 date=1250312198
    Welcome to CS.

    They look good.

    When did you hear the crackle? That is 2nd crack.
    Thank-you for the welcome.

    We both heard a solitary crack at about the 7 minute mark after the period of silence with the odd crackle sporadically thereafter.

    Perhaps we were expecting too much with 2nd crack, listening for something similar to 1st crack.

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Popper batches are quite small, so try to hold out for about a week befire trying them as you wont have enough to taste day by day.
    They should taste much better then than sooner, although they will still be drinkable now.

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Quote Originally Posted by 3A302D30233C37062A34302D31590 link=1250311534/2#2 date=1250312595
    Perhaps we were expecting too much with 2nd crack, listening for something similar to 1st crack.
    First crack is usually much louder than second crack. Welcome to the wonderful world of popper roasting...

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Great first roast, from memory i made charcoal with my first popper roast ;D

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    Looks great. As TG said it is almost curtain that the crackle sound is the 2nd crack. ;)
    Ive got some Brazil greens from DiBella and first crack for me is around 3:40mins and 2nd crack around 5:45mins.
    Give is 4-7 days then try them and see how they taste. Im getting some great roasts from my popper!!
    Enjoy the journey and welcome to the dark side!! ;) ;D

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Quote Originally Posted by 2B2B2B252920202323460 link=1250311534/6#6 date=1250396925
    Enjoy the journey and welcome to the dark side!! Wink *
    Thanks *:)

    I followed up with another 100 gram roast (with almost the same result), the colour looked good at 8 minutes so thats when I stopped the roast.

    Both batches are now in a snaplock bag (with a few small holes added) and will be left until next Saturday to drink.

    I can tell already its going to be a long week :(

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    Its a long painful wait but well worth it. Give them a try thursday and see how they taste I usually can only wait 3-4 days and they taste good.

    I jut finished tying a batch of brazil beans I roasted last Wednesday by I think they needed a touch longer. First batch I roasted left slightly longer and had better flavour- but interestly enough also went a little oily, while second batch I pulled a little earlier and didnt go oily but didnt quite have the depth of flavour. Still learning!! ;D


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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    How did u go with the second batch and hearing for the 2nd crack??

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Quote Originally Posted by 3333333D3138383B3B5E0 link=1250311534/9#9 date=1250403559
    How did u go with the second batch and hearing for the 2nd crack?? *
    I had pretty much exactly the same results as the 1st batch, my expectations for 2nd crack have now changed dramatically and Ill be listening for a silence followed by a muted crackle in future *:)

    I ended up stopping the roast at the 8:15 minute mark when I considered the roast the same colour as the first batch.

    The both batches have now been mixed together and look very uniform, they dont look burnt so hopefully they should taste ok come Saturdays tasting.

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    4.5 days and counting till Saturday!! :o isnt the suspense killing u!!

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Quote Originally Posted by 2D2D2D232F26262525400 link=1250311534/11#11 date=1250506510
    4.5 days and counting till Saturday!! :o isnt the suspense killing u!!
    This wait better be worth it :( *but Im sure it will be *;D

    Im using a Sunbeam EM0480 burr grinder, can anyone suggest a suitable grind setting for my *8-) freshly roasted beans?

    With store bought beans Im currently using a grind setting of 14 which I consider is working well.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

    Hmmmm, store bought beans can be anything from excellent to compost quality.

    Id start on your current setting and see how you go. Even if the pull is too fast or slow, stop just before blonding and see how it tastes.

    Have fun.

    Greg

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    Re: 1st Popper roast, unsure of the results

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    Hi looks ok hard to tell form photos as the lighting can vary so much but looks about c8-c9.

    Let us know what it tastes like



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