Posted Fri Aug 24, 2007, 6:55am Subject: BB-Q Roasting ... Direct or Indirect Heat?
Anyone who owns a Weber grilling cook book will understand the abbreviations LOL, MOM, and HOH (and no, the former does not mean "laugh out loud"). For those who don't, in each case the middle of three burners (i.e., the burner directly under a rotating roasting drum) is off and the other two burners are set at low (L), medium (M) or high (H).
I have not yet gone to roasting profiles. I simply set my BB-Q at 525F and roast by sound and smell. I can get the BB-Q up to 525 F using a LLL setting or a MOM setting. My question ... which is better?
The LLL setting (all three burners, inclding the one directly under the drum, on low) gives me a faster (15 minutes) roast time (about 12 to first crack) but with a more uneven roast.
The MOM setting gives me a slower (20 minutes) roast time (about 16 to first crack) but with a more even roast.
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2007, 7:35am Subject: Re: BB-Q Roasting ... Direct or Indirect Heat?
I would stick to the 16 min roast. Is your grill and drum level?
You might try a combo of LML on start then go for a reduced heat at 1st to LOL and then adjust as the roast progresses. Seems like you might not have enough heat in the middle of the drum at the start where the beans dry out.
Posted Sat Aug 25, 2007, 6:21am Subject: Re: BB-Q Roasting ... Direct or Indirect Heat?
I use the HHH setting on my Webber for the whole roast. I have played arround with turning the middle off, and tinkering with "stretching the first and second crack", but I find my self with a long roast time, and a uneven roast. I know this is not roast politically correct, but my grill may not roast a hot as others (older), and the less I tinker with it, the better I am. Not saying everyone should do this, but it works for me.
It takes about 15 min to roast 2# to full city (just past the second crack). I also look for the smoke, smell and lesten for the sounds of the cracks to get my roasts right.
Experimentation is the key. Get about 15 # of coffee and call it science. If you hit it early, your curve is not too steep. If it takes a while, like with me, Poorly roated coffee makes good compost :).
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