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    Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Could you please tell me if I am on the right track here? *I have constructed this masterpiece using 50% of my bean cooler (the fan stand) and some stuff I had lying about. *It would apear to have a fine adjustment facility as the occy strap counterbalances the heat gun perfectly. *

    What about the colander in the dogbowl? Is that the way to go? I have bolted them together (you can see the nut if you look closely).

    Am I right to put the HG on a stand? *I feel that Ill be able to focus on my stirring better if I dont have to hang onto the gun. *Any comments? *Im very new to this game and am keen to break the machine in and will be able to this week (I hope).

    Will value your thoughts.



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    Re: PHOTO OF HOMEROASTER - am I on the right track

    Man o man.... you win the April "Acme inc" award for Whacky Roaster of the week for sure.

    :) :) I love it :) :)

    I sure hope that Aussiepost get the beans to you before the weekend so we can all see how it goes.

    The only thing I could suggest is that you find an old exercise-bike and adapt it into a ride-on stirrer. ;D
    (surely that would clinch next weeks award too!)

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    Re: Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track

    My thought at the moment is 300g. per batch. Not sure why I have decided this. What do you people think?

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    Re: Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track

    Sweet set up....

    I hope the dog bowl is clean.

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    Re: Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track

    I dont think there are hard and fast rules as to how much you can roast with a heat gun (or any method for that matter).

    It seems to depend on personal technique more that anything and you will only find that with trial and error.

    If you do 333gm batches then you get 3 roasts per kilo of coffee... as good a starting point as any I think. ::)

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    Re: Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track

    I think Ive seen photos of microphone stands used to similar effect.
    I tend to roast in 300g lots. It nearly always works out to be 250g when roasted, and this fits nicely into the 250g bags... Surprise surprise :)

    Speaking of automating heat gun roasting... Has anyone ever tried using a mixmaster with a fixed gun? Ive often contemplated finding an old ie cheap mixmaster and using a stainless bowl. I was concerned about melting plastic parts though... hmm Ill have to take a look at the mixmaster buried deep in the cupboard. Maybe really old ones are made of some sort of metal rather than plastic. Just thinking out loud :)

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    Re: Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track

    Strangely I have had similar thoughts Sharkboy...
    the Kenwood Chef that I saw in the window of a junk shop came close to fitting the bill.... the "paddle" was a single "BIG K" shape and looked like it might stir beans well. It also featured variable speed and reasonable "feeling" high torque gearbox.

    It would need a stainless bowl though as the plastic one looked like it was good for cake-mix and bad for 200+ degree beans!


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    Re: Photo of homeroaster - am I on the right track

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Lots of food for thought here - and heres me wishing I hadnt sold my Mixmaster at a garage sale recently. *The exercise bike didnt sell though.....Mixmasters have a fantastic rotary speed control and heaps of torque. - and are more silent than a drill. *Wouldnt want to drown out the sound of the cracks (which Im yet to hear) ;-)
    Wouldnt you mount the Mixmaster/Kenwood Chef upside down and have the paddles/mixers going through a hole at the bottom of a stainless bowl? *the shafts of those things are plenty long enough and you could cut and reshape the metal mixing blades/paddles. *If there was room - and I think there would be - you could put a layer of insulating material between the bottom of the stainless bowl and the bit where the shaft goes into the machine. *Not unlike a router table set-up.
    Or - what about doing the same with an eggbeater and attaching a drill to it?



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