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    First time roaster

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    Hi all, newbie here and only just recently got my hands on a EM6910 + EM0480 second hand for dirt cheap, so decided while Im at it to actually start roasting my own coffee bean. This is for two reasons, firstly cause Im a uni student and do not have a huge disposable income so I wanna save wherever I can, secondly and most importantly it looks like helluva fun!

    Ordered my starter pack from Andy on Sunday, shipped on Monday and got here on Tuesday (express post though there was no need cause I live in Melbourne, but got overly exited). Props to Andy on getting my order shipped that quickly! In my pack I got these: Ethiopia Ghimbi, India Elephant Hills Grade A, Peru Ceja de Selva Estate and the Vietnam Son La Arabica.

    Rushed off to Kmart/Target and got a popcorn maker from Target, the 900W one, and started roasting the Peru Ceja de Selva Estate. Today is a fairly hot day, but against all odds I decided to give it a go anyways. Stats are as the following, FC at 5.40 and SC at 16.56. Is it common to have such a long wait between FC and SC? I also had it tilting and gave the beans an occasional stir for the first 4 minutes. Took the beans out approximately 5 seconds after I first heard SC, and promptly cooled it.

    Overall, VERY happy with my first attempt, and rest it for 2 days and try a cup everyday up to day 8 and see how it goes.

    On this note, does anyone know a good way to store freshly roasted beans? I have one way valve bags but seem a waste to go through one every time I roast a little batch (80g).


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    Re: First time roaster

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C54514C504444443E0 link=1326779904/0#0 date=1326779904
    Hi all, newbie here ...........

    I have one way valve bags but seem a waste to go through one every time I roast a little batch (80g).
    The zip-lock one way valves are re-usable.

    Amanda

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    Re: First time roaster

    I use a small size freezer bag inside the one-way valve bags.

    For home use, I rarely heat seal the bags, thus they can be re-used quite easily.

    Some people just put the beans in the bag and then clean the bags later with various agents (soap and water, alcohol etc.).

    Brett.

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    Re: First time roaster

    Like fatboy, I use little ziplock sandwich bags inside the one-way valve bag.

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    Re: First time roaster

    Yer thats what I did for the first batch of roast. probably just do this for the rest of my batches. So what do you guys think of the roast?

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    A trick usually suggested by Thundergod that works well is to use small freezer bags as a liner within the one-way valve coffee bag (much cheaper than ziplock sandwhich type bags). I use them and heat-seal the valve bag as close to the top as possible. Each time I just cut the heat seal off, and then re-use it. You get 4-5 uses out of the valve bag that way until it gets too close to the ziplock for heat sealing again. No cleaning required.

    When I start using the bag of coffee, I transfer the freezer bag with the coffee to one of the "too close to re heat-seal bags" and just use the zip, so as to keep the previous one as pristine as possible for re sealing for the next roast.

    Complicated maybe but works for me* ;)

    GrahamK

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    Re: First time roaster

    Thanks GrahamK for that, what Im doing now is just putting the beans in a zip lock bag without zipping it, and then placing this into the one way valve bag. Dont have a heat sealer unfortunately so that pretty much rules out a heat sealing them, but after a day or 2 Il be putting them into an airtight container.

    How about the coffee beans guys, what do you think? CS6-CS8?

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    Re: First time roaster

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    From the picture, (lighting can confuse), and the fact you went into 2nd Crack, Id say closer to CS8-9, and looks nice and even.

    Ive not used a popper myself, but Im not sure about the gap between 1st Crack and 2nd Crack. For a popper 5.40 to first crack sound right but then taking another 10-11 min to reach second crack is an interesting profile. You must have dropped the heat considerably for that to happen, which may have baked the beans. Or may be a different technique. Possibly someone with more popper experience could comment.

    let us know what the results are like in the cup.

    GrahamK



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