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    Tips for first ever roast?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi, Im hoping someone can direct me to the right threads to look at for:

    a) first type of forgiving green bean to try roasting from Green BeanBay to get the hang of things
    b) basic profile guidelines for that bean to help with experimenting? I have no idea of what a basic profile should begin at.

    Im using a Corretto (under construction, nearly there), Ozito heatgun with settings at 300*C and 500*C, Digitech QM-1462 DMM, fibreglass sleeve insulated flexible thermocouple, and a Remington BM100 with adequate kneading cycles. Ive had to order in a drill-holder - none of the 7 major hardware chains stock them any more!

    Thanks.

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    I had the Ozito.

    500*C

    Generic Starting Profile
    Aim for FC (approx 190*) at 10 minutes.
    Then SC (approx 20* more) at 16 minutes.
    Stop and start cooling as soon as possible (until you get the hang of your routine) because they will continue to roast.

    A pedestal from a discarded fan works well as a gun holder.

    What beans do you have?

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    Thanks Thundergod.

    Sad to admit, no beans yet - I only decided to start building the Corretto a few days ago! Any suggestions?

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    Get the starter pack and then post what youve received in case theres the odd tricky one ion there.

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    Will do. Thanks.

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    I use the Ozito as well, there are better guns out there but the Oz is cheap & 3 yr warranty is good.

    I initially roasted on high, with the bowl of the corretto uncovered. Used a camera tripod to hold the gun & give height control to vary the heat. Found the nose of the gun got pretty hot, though, from heat coming back from the bowl. Some use a fan blowing on the gun to alleviate this a bit. Important to run the gun on low for a little while immediately after the roast, to let the temp come down a bit more gradually than just shutting it off.

    Have been using a small square of cement sheet as a lid, with a hole for the HG, & a hole for the air to escape. Have found it is a little harder to hear the cracks, but they are still audible; and I can now use the HG on low, which is a bit quieter too. The plastic on the gun doesnt get too hot now either.

    I use the tripod out of a cheapo "laser level" set (about $25 at bunnings, where I work) with a wooden contraption on top to hold the HG. I found this tripod is lower than the camera one, so it can sit on the table next to the corretto. Freed up the camera tripod too. :)


    Cheers....................Sean

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    Im at similar stage to Intellidepth but have my green beans from starter pack.

    Any suggestions on which bean to try with first?
    Kappi Royale Robusta
    Pezuru Estate AA (Zimbabwe)
    Mysore Nuggets A (india)
    Ipanema Reserva Especial (Brazil)

    thanks

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    The Brazil would be a good starter.
    first crack at around 10min mark 190-195C
    Ease back on heat after fc--2nd crack 5-6 mins later
    stop at start of 2nd crack a quickly cool
    should give a nice roast

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    I have promptly received:

    Australian Bundaberg Washed
    Indian Monsooned Robusta AA
    India Mysore Nuggets A
    Brazil Ipanema Reserva Especial

    Yippeeeeee

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    Re: Tips for first ever roast?

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Hey there, I have myself a crazy popper and managed to get my hands on some green beans today from Nicaragua Matagalpa. I have never roasted before and was hoping somebody could give some advice on the best way to deal with this bean (eg. medium roast/dark roast, etc) and what you would predict the times would be for first crack and second crack (geelong - average temp outside now about 15C). No thermometer at this stage... but should be arriving in the next three or four weeks.

    Out of interest is this a handy single origin blend for espresso or will it need to be blended with something?

    Any help would be kindly appreciated.




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