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    Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Aldi will have BMs on sale next week for $69.
    Large ones (twin paddles).
    http://www.aldi.com.au/au/html/offers/2867_6678.htm

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Worth checking out Id say TG.....

    If the build quality is reasonable then its a steal at only $69.00,

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    What size roast can you get done in those larger BMs? They look interesting...

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Sounds good at $69.

    An online store is selling the same product for $89 plus $19 postage.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    More pics of the breadmaker here:
    http://www.oztion.com.au/OA/oa_previewpic.aspx?itemid=6166735&tid=&picnum=1&#p ic

    The product has already been sold so I dont think I am breaking any forum rules?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Not that Im a breadmaker expert, but Ive never seen one with opposing paddles before. Does anyone have a BM with something like that?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Mal has one.
    Hes not online right now.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Quote Originally Posted by 22a link=1228989048/0#2 date=1229021048
    What size roast can you get done in those larger BMs? They look interesting...
    I have a Breville BB400 which is supposed to be able to make a 1kg loaf as my corretto and quite regularly roast 700-750g batches, last night I threw in the remnants from a few bags and managed to roast 840g without any hassles. This machine may be better with smaller batches as well due to the dual paddles, the Breville only has 1 paddle and with the long rectangular shaped basket does not get very effective mixing when you have less than 400g in it.

    HTH

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Im a little worried about the dual paddles, that, depending on their orientation, if they pass each other and theres a bean in the way, either the paddle will snap or the bean will simply get crushed.

    It will be interesting to hear Mals take on it.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Gday All,

    I have a Breville "Big Loaf" BM, which on the surface appears to be similar to the Aldi one TG spotted. I have roasted batches up to 1.0Kg in size with little effort using a 2,000W Heatgun but find that batches of less than 300g can be a bit of a struggle to roast evenly overall and through the individual beans themselves. If I need to roast small batches, I use one of my poppers.

    Regarding the opposing stirrer paddles.... This is not a problem with the Big Loaf as you can orientate the paddles how ever you want and in my case, Ive found the best arrangement is to have the paddles out of phase by 90 degrees. That way, the paddles never oppose each other but still generate really decent agitation of the beans.

    If you want to consistently roast batches of 1.0Kg or more, then I would suggest using two variable output heatguns rather than fixed output ones as I think trying to juggle the height of two heatguns at once may be troublesome. I spose you could leave one heatgun fixed at a low-ish position and just adjust the other to control the roast... Some experimentation would no doubt sort this out.

    Know of a couple of CSers who use two heatguns at once so maybe one of them will see this thread and offer some practical suggestions. I mostly roast batches of between 750-900g of green and a single 2,000W heatgun seems to be able to cope with this easily enough and allow me enough headroom to control the roast as I see fit. Basically though, the larger the batch size, the more heat you will need to apply..... Simple physics (if physics can ever be called simple that is ;))

    Personally, just from using my Corretto for quite some time now, I wouldnt go back to a single paddle BM as I think it is just too easy to overload a single paddle machine and then run the risk of ruining a batch of good coffee because of insufficient agitation. Have never had that problem with the Big Loaf unless the batch is too small and I dont roast small batches very often these days.

    Hope thats of some help to prospective Aldi BM purchasers.... :)

    Cheers,
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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    The paddles worry me too! Wonder if the arrangement can be changed? Id prefer them not to meet in the middle.

    Also - what are the chances of it having a 20-25min dough spin cycle??

    Mals Breville BB380 "Big Loaf" is designed to handle a 1.5Kg loaf - and this one is suggested to handle 1.35Kg would the 150g difference in specification stop it from reaching a 1Kg batch size?

    On the other end of the scale, these larger BMs seem to struggle with small batch sizes... As a work around, I wonder if you removed one of the paddles and slotted in a divider to reduce the size of the tin might allow for small/experimental sized batches??

    Think Ill pop down to Aldi next week and have a fiddle - good spot Thundergod!!

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    If there is a problem with the paddles catching on beans, it wouldnt be difficult to replace them with something smaller - there are a couple of threads here on adding "paddles" to 2nd breadmakers where they were missing or broken. IIRC, someone used something like an old fashioned bulldog clip, or something of the sort.

    The length of the kneading cycles is a bigger concern - I already have a 2nd hand Breville sitting here that cant be used for roasting without rewiring, and Im not that clever yet. :)

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Quote Originally Posted by pcf1978 link=1228989048/0#10 date=1229111053
    Also - what are the chances of it having a 20-25min dough spin cycle??

    So which BM models that you chaps know of, do have such a cycle?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    This thread is a starting point, Pat:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1164028430

    There will be others, I guess the best thing is to check the manual before buying. :)

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Thanks TG. I had put aside time this evening to catch up on some assignments. Before I started I had a quick look at the Aldi link. Noticed some online games at the site, so I had "just a peek" at them - thought I might have a better look tomorrow. Had "just one go" at the Marble game. Im too embarrassed to say how many hours ago that was. I was finally stopped 20 minutes ago by the combined wailing of the dog and two cats for their dinner - theyd had enough of "just one more game". Its 10.20pm, my own dinner is in the oven now, I havent started the assignments, but the real humiliation is that I couldnt get a high score.... :(

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Games?
    Now I have to see.


    EDIT

    [smiley=tongue.gif] I made the High Score List on my first game. Over 7500 points.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    You obviously played a different game. The high score on Marblemaster is 2013284050. My highest score is 495000. :(

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    I see that now.

    It lets you add your score to the list at the end of the game but unless you are in the top 50 it means nothing.

    Hmmm.

    A challenge.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Yep, you see my plight?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Hi Viviane,

    I have a Breville BB440, which so far has only been used for its intended purpose, I know that I can manually program each part of the mixing/resting/baking cycle. I had to do it one day when the power went off for a couple of hours. The manual explains how to do it.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Quote Originally Posted by coffee mum link=1228989048/0#19 date=1229199851
    Hi Viviane,

    I have a Breville BB440, which so far has only been used for its intended purpose, I know that I can manually program each part of the mixing/resting/baking cycle. I had to do it one day when the power went off for a couple of hours. The manual explains how to do it.
    Hmmm, Ill have a look at that - thanks for the info, coffee mum. :)

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Breadmakers this week at aldi and next week...Heatguns! check it out:
    http://www.aldi.com.au/au/html/offers/2867_6712.htm

    woot!

    By the way, has anyone picked up one of the breadmakers on sale from today yet?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Quote Originally Posted by ACog link=1228989048/20#21 date=1229568455
    Breadmakers this week at aldi and next week...Heatguns! check it out:
    http://www.aldi.com.au/au/html/offers/2867_6712.htm

    woot!

    By the way, has anyone picked up one of the breadmakers on sale from today yet?
    No, but I got one of those heatguns this time last year and, after about 150 roasts, its still going strong.

    Hasnt gone up in price either. Hmmm... might get another one at that price. ;)

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    I might get another one myself.
    The first one eventully died but the handle goes very well with my HG holding setup.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    So did anyone bite the bullet today????
    Be interested to know if they have a good enough cycle to make it work for roasting, and if the paddles can be rearranged slightly.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    I bought one, but cant work the darn thing out. It seems to want to wait an 1 hour 50 before starting the dough cycle. The manual is ok, but very light on details; seems to suggest I have an option wether to wait or not, but doesnt detail how to begin immediately.

    If anyone else bit the bullet and can work it out, please, spill the beans.

    -ACog

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Now that my tamper chrissy present has fallen through :( I might look to pick up the B/M and next weeks heat gun instead. I need to do a bit more research though.
    ACog i"d be interested to know how you get on and if the initial problems are overcomable (sp?) Does it seem as though the paddles can be adjusted at all? And is the dough cycle long enough?

    Thanks

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    I would like to here if these breadmakers work out too (easy to start a dough cycle of at least 20 minutes).
    I am ready to move on from the popper to the corretto ...

    Cheers
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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    I only had about 20 minutes last night to play with this thing. So I might have just been impatient.

    Hopefully Ill get some quality time this weekend to play with it and can report back.

    Im a little worried this thing might be too big for my needs. If I cant do smallish roasts in it, I might end up wasting beans...and we -cannot- have that.

    The paddles can be adjusted.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    OK. So, Ive had a bit more a chance to play around with this thing.

    It has 10 programs. The most obvious choice of which is 7; Dough. However, this takes 15 minutes or so to begin the cycle, with no obvious way to speed it up. I didnt bother to time the duration of its actual cycle.

    The only program which begins immediately is the quick program. It pulses for 5 minutes (1 second on, half a second off) before spinning continuously for another 15 minutes. Not sure if 20 minutes is long enough given the large basket and possibly large size batches one would do on this thing.

    Presumably the other programs could also be used, but also have waiting periods before the action begins.

    Of course, one could always bypass the computer circuitry altogether.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    A lot of manuals for BMs have a chart with all the cycles and their times (including wait).
    Does its manual not have such a chart?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    nope.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Any allowance for Custom Programs?

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    The manual is a bit light on details, but I doubt it by the looks of it. Its a pretty basic unit.

    Im going to take mine back as I just think its too big for my needs at this point.

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    Re: Breadmakers @ Aldi from 18/12/2008

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    I would have thought if you can take it partially apart and measure the voltage on the motor, you could gut the machine and just power only the stirer ...

    Presumably it is not a 240v or 110v motor, but a simple power adapter would do.



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