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    What do YOU use to home roast?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Its time that CSers gave other CSers an idea of whats used out there. *I know Id be interested to see what most people prefer.

    I use a popper, and I built a roaster using a HG and a windscreen wiper motor.


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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Great idea AndyCJ. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
    It will be interesting to see what CSrs are using.

    I voted for nearly all the items (Im a coffee roaster whore) and I use most of them at different times for different reasons.

    For ease of use my wife uses the Gene Cafe or the Hottop but like you, the one Im most proud of is the one that I made/modified myself and at 750gm per roast it is also the biggest volume roaster I have too.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1090196434

    Its a pity that I didnt watch the demo roast I did in it at the roast-a-rama closely enough... it was renamed that day to the "incinerator" ;)



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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    While I use the $5 popper (cheap from GoLo), Ive moved from colling by pouring from sieve to sieve.

    My cooler is an old ceiling exhaust fan up-ended in a plastic garden pot. The pot is cut out at the bottom to allow air flow out the bottom.

    On top of the fan, I have the round lid from a 10kg pool chlorine drum (its a perfect fit). Ive cut the centre out of the lid and glued on a piece of bronze flyscreen (metal rather than plastic to absorb heat).

    I pour the roasted beans directly from the popper onto the screen. Air is drawn down through the mesh and beans. It cools quickly but Id like a fan with greater airflow to cool even quicker.

    Ill try to post a photo after I get home from work tonight.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    As promised (better late than never) is my bean cooler.



    There is a large hole where the power cable exits - this is for the air flow exit.

    The circular thing has the bronze wire fly screen insert and is placed over the fan. The beans are spread over the mesh and the airflow over the beans cools them.

    Ron

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    After seeing and hearing about some of the bean cooling sytems some of you folks use, I got the urge to share mine. It is quite a simple system that uses my shop vacume. I use a popcorn popper to roast with, and when the roast is complete, I dump the beans into a hand flour sieve. I then place the sieve onto a connection I made out of a 4 inch PVC pipe joint. The bottom of the joint is closed off with a piece of plastic, and the joint is placed through a hole in my roasting shelf, and secured with a large hose clamp. I place the sieve on the top of the pipe joint, connect the shop vac up to the open end, and turn it on. It takes about 30 seconds to cool the beans down to room temperature. It is a simple, inexpensive, and very effective way to cool.

    Hope this helps somebody out.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    You roast inside? Heck, I get so much chaff that I roast my beans outside the garage - I also avoid setting off the smoke alarms. :)

    Ron

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I roast inside my work shop. The chaff is not a problem as I have a collection bucket that most of it ends up in. If you are interested , I will post a photo of my set up. It looks slightly odd, but the results are great.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Nice work Rich and Ron - I use the "Turbo Bean Cool 1000" as explained here:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1108510928/0

    As I said - pretty good for $0

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    yep, cmon Rich - we want pics.

    The odder the better.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I bet Rich has webbing between his fingers and toes.

    I thought about using a vaccuum, but never got around to making a prototype.

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    No webbing, but Im covered with rust!

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    Gotta love the great Pacific Northwest. How I miss it :(

    We want to see pics of the setup!

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    OK Nunu, you asked for it! *(I feel like a proud Papa showing off pictures of the kids!)

    About two years ago when I got into roasting my own coffee, I was also just learning how to weld. *So I constructed my own roasting station to use as a work bench, as well as store all my beans and roasting supplies. *I have a dryer vent pipe stuck over the top of the chiminy of the air-popper/roaster. *That is fed through a hole in the workbench, and continues down to a 5 gallon buck the the chaff collects in. *The edge of the bucket just sticks out from under the bottom shelf of the station and I can monitor how much smoke the roast is throwing off.
    [img]C:/\/Documents and Settings/\/cepdrxs/\/Desktop/\/RoastingStation1.jpg[/img]

    This is just a closeup of the pipe coming off of the roaster stack.
    [img]C:/\/Documents and Settings/\/cepdrxs/\/Desktop/\/Roaster.jpg[/img]

    This is not real fancy, but it makes for a comfortable place to roast. *As I mentioned in a previous post, the set-up is in my shop, so smoke is not an issue. *I am looking to upgrade to a Gene Cafe, and I think I will install a range hood to exhaust the smoke to the outside.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    OK, so Im a fool and cant figure out how to post more than one photo at a time. Here is the first.


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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    And the second one. Sorry bout that.

    Rich


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    Dig that Rich - particularly like the chaff collection - thats great work!

    Makes me think I better get to learning how to weld also - Im in need of some shelving for sure!
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    Hamrlok shelves are always the go if you cant weld.

    Theyre also the go if you dont have a shop that has equipment to cut material, and weld as well.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I was surprised to see BBQ drum roasting poll so low,especially in this land of barbie lovers/owners.Ive been using the s/steel trash can with great results.Hardly needed any modifications - added some vanes for stirring beans,couple of oven thermometers, few holes for the rotisserie .Good to go.Cost $20.
    I noticed an old thread on the quality of these s/steel trash cans but mines holding up really well.The roast I get out is very even......hardest part is dialling in the burners to get the right oven temp but once found Ive been getting 1st crack at 9-11mins and 2nd at 12-14mins.The biggest advantage is being able to dump the beans quickly due to the swing/hinged lid.......


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    I was one of the 2 votes for BBQ. I reckon it is the best. I was lucky to get a fabricated drum from a local source who only made a few to get some extra cash.
    After getting the rod, motor and doing 4 or 5 roasts, Im now averaging about 18-20 minutes for 500g roasted (~700g green).
    There is a guy in the USA who has made a business of these drums.
    rkdrums.com
    Its also a good site to have a look around for inspiration.
    His drums look to be about 150% the size of mine.
    My drum (1 kilo capacity):
    my it looks shiny back in 2004 *::)

    RK drum - 4 lb capacity (around 1.8 kilos)

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I am really into the idea of a BBQ/Sample roaster at the moment... but Im still thinking of ways to easily get the beans out of the roaster once its done.... and ways of doing it on the cheap!!

    I suspect these 2 things are not going to match up well thou!!

    Has anyone built a sample roaster? Ive been watching the other post in roasters - thats a good one for sure.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    AndyCJ,check out my drum/photo a couple posts ago,granted its not a great photo of the lid (I will post another later). The s/steel trash can ,like most household rubbish bins,has a spring loaded swing lid (see domed end in photo) which makes the dumping of beans so easy and little chance of getting burnt messing around with latches etc. No mods were made to this drum/bin other than adding some vanes and holes for the rotisserie rod....

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    Whered you get the SS bin from then? Ive gotta say Ive not seen any of those around... but then Im not much of a "shopper".

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I got the s/steel bin from one of the $2 shops in Eastwood,not sure of the name,an old post on CS said they had been spotted in Aus Post (of all places) as well. I bought the last one but have asked to be notified when they get some more in.............Ill keep a lookout to see if I spot them elsewhere..........

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    Cheers - Ill have to pop into an officeworks & post too. Will see what I can find.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Quote Originally Posted by beanmeupScotty link=1134076855/15#22 date=1137542953
    I got the s/steel bin from one of the $2 shops in Eastwood,not sure of the name,an old post on CS said they had been spotted in Aus Post (of all places) as well. I bought the last one but have asked to be notified when they get some more in.............Ill keep a lookout to see if I spot them elsewhere..........

    Ahhh the Eastwood $2 shops..I get all my best tools from there!. Ill keep an eye out as well next time Im down as the BBQ roaster looks simple to make and possibly within my capabilities.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    How about using a cast iron pot and stirring it? Tedious? Yes. Consistent roast? As long as you keep stirring regularly. It was my first and to date most successfully consistent, cheap method. Hve thought about trying putting on a lid and some sort of auto stirrer. I would be interested in hearing how the windscreen wiper motor held up. I recently brought an unmodified Imex second hand. It seems to roast the beans within about five minutes and I canot say Im altogether happy with it. I also made my own modified popcorn roaster. Modifications were a reostat, Putting the element on a seperate switch and bypassing the termonstat. Fantastic, consistent roasts.............if you dont mind the fact you can only do about 25grms at a time (read as virtually useless). Tried the heat gun and metal bowl, not fussed on that and thinking of modifications for that setup also.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    A heavy cast-iron pot with absolutely no coating stirred by a silicon spatula is my method. About 250 gm beans. Phone off the hook, no interruptions allowed. Wide metal cooling pan and two dry tea towels at the ready. Cant leave the pot to look for things once Ive started. Full heat on pre-heated pot, slow but constant stirring at the start to get the heat into the beans. Faster stirring as the roast progresses. Ignore cracks, ignore individual beans, take an average by sight. No polite reduction of heat, just turn it right off when the roast looks nearly done. More hard stirring. Ready? Grab the tea towels, grab the pot-handles, toss the beans into the cooling pan. Rush to the verandah and the open air, tossing the beans in the air and blowing the chaff away.

    Remember to put the phone back on the hook.

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I can now say that I use a popper to roast. Ive had literally hours of experience in roasting and can not recommend too highly the simple popper out side. I dont even worry about the chaff guard- I do wear glasses and I dont look straight into it. 120 grams is the biggest roast Ive ever done... And Ive done 2.
    The taste is amazing!!
    If I could only ever have the panama panamaria special A, my popper and cooling fan- my incanto auto- I would be a happy man. ( even though I know there is better equipment out there. :-)

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    Just wait until you see what the coffee tastes like in a day or 4 there Rayzurhead! :o ;D :)

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    AndyCJ
    you may need to amend your poll pick now...!!!!

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    This is the latest stage of development for my fully McGivered auto roaster. A stand holds the 3 cup flour sifter, I swapped the handle for a bit of threaded brass rod. Put a lock nut on the end to take a power drive socket. Battery drill dives the rotor. Digital HG supplies the heat. When its time, the sifter and drill are transfered to the vacumm, which has a 90mm down pipe elbow over the intake. Cool in seconds....



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    Man - I gotta change my vote for sure! iRoast2... added to the collection!

    Nice work there too Boris... that looks propper rubber band and a swiss army knife to me!

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I know longer use a heat gun my new roaster is based on a portable oven.

    you can see it here
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1150630717

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    This is really a brilliant idea Boris. I think I might look into it myself! How much can you roast at one time?
    I wonder if it could be upscaled?? ::)
    I am really impressed... I had never even heard about a digital heat gun.... How much did that set you back?

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    Boris, when my Breville dies I am definitely going to look at setting up a system like yours - love it...

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Started with a cast iron frypan - was losing too many beans over the side so I switched to the stainless steel wok - and could do 300g in that. The constant stirring (of the beans and from my wife) was getting too me so I picked up a $22 Black and Decker from Kmart - bloody good little machine - roasting size is down to about 100g but an excellent result every time

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    The quickly becoming infamous Bread Machine roaster has been added to the list of poll options. :)

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    How coincidental - just set up my new external roast-a-rama room today and took some snaps! *8-) 4 batches passed through the BM, *heat gunned, spot lit for ease of colour matching, fan cooled and looking very very tasty. All situated in my garage with a convenient door to door air flow to remove the chaff, the fan gets placed over the bucket for a speeeedy cooling process.

    Bread maker roasting 4 eva!!!! *;D


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    Yep, I am a convert to and breadmakerphile as well.

    Roasts are fantastically even, easy to do and the quality is sensational. 8-)


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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Is it possible to vote again here? I voted many months ago but cant seem to find a way to update my vote .................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1134076855/30#39 date=1157452556
    Is it possible to vote again here? I voted many months ago but cant seem to find a way to update my vote
    Give it another shot there Corretto, it should be modifiable now. :)

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Well surprisingly my vote is in for the Breadmaker Heatgun setup as well :o

    havent used the popper now for quite a while but dont need to [smiley=cheesy.gif]

    as seen in another post near here ............

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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    I have joined the long list of popper roasters by the look of the poll. I just bought a Crazy Popper after seeing it on sale 25% off the price I saw at the same shopping centre but different store. So now off to order some green beans.

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    Could the Breadmachine option here be changed to Breadmachine/Heatgun.

    Ive had to fill out the 2 options, which I think is a bit misleading.

    I take the Heatgun entry to mean using a Heatgun into a SS bowl or similar .............


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    So modified. :)


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    Wow - another 5 BM/HG Corretto roasters and well be able to describe it as the third most popular home roasting method in the largest australian home roasting community.

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    I still think the bottom Breadmachine choice should be

    "Breadmachine with Heatgun"

    I feel the term "Breadmachine" can be misleading, especially to new roasters, visitors etc.


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    Re: What do YOU use to home roast?

    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1134076855/45#46 date=1162453749
    I still think the bottom Breadmachine choice should be

    "Breadmachine with Heatgun"

    I feel the term "Breadmachine" can be misleading, especially to new roasters, visitors etc.


    Belinda
    How about BM/HG @ Corretto
    Just a thought.

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    We shouldnt give the "bread machine" any more air play. Change the poll option to "Coretto", it isnt a bread machine after you drill a hole in the pan and attach a thermocouple!

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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Maybe Bread Machine w/ Heat Gun aka Corretto, would be appropriate?



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