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    Quote Originally Posted by WhatEverBeansNecessary View Post
    I bought mine maybe 5 months ago from target - $15. Did a few easy mods and worked a treat. I found it ran waaaaayyyyy too hot.
    Thanks, I just checked though and it's sold out online and in store

    Any other stores/chains that might store one?

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    A decade ago I got into CS then drifted away for medical reasons concerning sense of smell. Back now thanks to a slightly improving sinus.

    I've just gone from pan roasting inside the house to using a popper outside. Half a cup in a Breville-or-whatever popper from a thrift shop. The roast goes way too fast, I only operate by sight (how beans are jumping more than colour), I pull the roast at the first suspicion of a second crack and well before any oiliness...and the results are disturbingly good. Chaff flies away in the breeze and cooling is a snap with the small quantities. Tried it with Kenya AAA, Indo and Yirg. Only downside is quantity limitation, but the work is so quick and mess free I don't mind doing several roasts, resting the machine every couple of batches. Sulawesi next!

    I'm sure nothing is meant to be this easy and I'll be brought down to ground soon. Just a rough aeropress brewer since the Cona Junior shattered, so hardly an expert, but I thought I'd pass on the experience. Maybe it's because I'm working in the breeze and pulling up short on most of the batches (pan roasting doesn't penetrate like the popper and I always went darker to be sure). Or maybe I'm so relieved to be back drinking fresh stuff that I'm not noticing the faults.
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    is anyone familiar with this popper?

    https://www.netonnet.se/art/hem-hush.../200841.13596/

    i had a look at it in store, there are no vents inside. only seems to be on the outside as per photo. seems really small as well. anyone have any experience with this? i can't seem to find second hand options here in sweden, so will have to buy new.

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    I wouldn't go overboard with the popper - get a cheap one from a discount store if you can. If you really like roasting your own and use the popper a lot it won't be too long before you want to go to a corretto or a drum roaster for larger batches.

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    I tried my first roast today using a popper I got from Target (generic 1200w), it was about 30 degrees Celsius. The first crack happened within the first minute and the beans started smoking a lot really quickly after that. I stripped the housing away drilled a couple of holes in the chamber and put an fan to get some cool air going around the chamber but that still didn't help, first crack was within the first minute, then the smoke. Can anyone please provide some tips on what I can do to slow the roast?

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    Use less beans. Try about 50-60g.
    It's somewhat counterintuitive but the less beans means more hot air escapes and it's cooler in the chamber.

    Also stir it like crazy! Just a metal skewer or something and hold it with an oven mitt.

    Aim for about 5-8 min first crack if you can. When you get to first crack you will need to stir more. Beans will go exothermic and the reaction starts to create heat.

    Also if you can, tilt the machine so the beans sit on one side so 50% of the air doesn't even touch the beans.

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    +1 for stirring.

    +2 for oven mitts.

    I used to shake my popper when I used one back in the day. Try bouncing then up and down a bit, basically anything to slow it down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhatEverBeansNecessary View Post
    Use less beans. Try about 50-60g.
    It's somewhat counterintuitive but the less beans means more hot air escapes and it's cooler in the chamber.
    You can try canting the popper over at about 15-20 from the vertical, as this will also allow some air to escape and encourage the beans to swirl around more...

    Mal.

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    Thanks for the advice.I quickly ditched the popper after realising how much work was involved vs the yield. I got myself a corretto setup, did my first roast today and Im really happy with the result.
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    Don't throw away your popper though...
    Handy for when you might like to add a small proportion of high quality Robusta to a blend.
    Ideal for that purpose.

    Mal.
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    Can you use a dimmer like this to lower the voltage to slow the roast times? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I use the 1040 watt Nostalgia popper from SMs, and my first crack is pretty consistently about 2:30 with the second crack about 4:00 if I let it go that long. I also have a heat gun so maybe will give that a try!
    Thanks.
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    Welcome Bob...

    That dimmer you linked to is rated at only ~300 Watts or so. Too small...

    Out of interest, what's your location?

    Mal.

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    Im in Boynton Beach FL in the US
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    No worries mate...

    You can use floodlighting controllers for this purpose too, which are usually rated at up to 2,000W or so.
    There are also various Triac Controllers available from eBay too, if you do a search.

    Something like the one below, from Amazon, would work Ok.
    TriacDimmer.JPG

    Mal.
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    Mal:
    Thanks. I might have to try one of those. I can get it with free 2 day shipping with Prime. I think first I'll try the extension cord and tipping the popper slightly.
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    Been roasting with an old Sunbeam 'big popper' I picked up at a garage sale a decade ago, been very happy with it till a few days ago, suddenly fan is dropping to half speed. Figured time for a change so dropped in and bought a Target $15 popper today.

    Not so good .. my old sunbeam takes around 4.5 minutes till first crack and 9-10 minutes total to roast, the target version is only taking 4 minutes till smoke (approx, did not time it yet) .. also the chamber is shorter so I was losing some beans.
    Fans seem same power as expected, they both spit out popcorn after all, plugged into a power meter and the sunbeam is 1040W and the target 1320W .. I just saw the other thread about tacking a PWM controller on it, will do that (I am an electronics guy), will also need to raise chamber height. The actual inner chamber seems the same size, just the sunbeam has more moulding above it.
    All good, just like to post info when i get it, more later.


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