Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 8:06am Subject: Re: So, what did I do wrong? [roasting]
Mine is a Sunbeam. I've been baking bread in it for about 5 years prior to this. The paddle is extra tall compared to other bread machines I've seen. I think I paid $50 at target but bread machines aren't as easy to find, new in stores these days as they were 20 years ago. Really easy to find at thrift stores and yard sales though.
The heat gun is a cheap one I bought 30 years ago - high/low and I mainly leave it on low and it's close to perfect. If I want something in between I can either cycle between hi/low or pull the gun back a little further or vent the lid a little - but when this heat gun dies I'll probably buy a variable heat model.
I simply disconnected the heater in the BM and connected the motor directly so when you plug in the power cord the motor spins all the time. It would be nice to have a switch to turn the motor on and off - and maybe to turn the BM heater on for drying phase - but it works so well just as it is that I leave it alone for now.
I drilled a small hole in the side of the breadpan close to the bottom for my ThermoCouple. I've heard people worry about teflon and sandblast their breadpan - but I've been roasting for months and the teflon is still intact so I'm not worried about it.
I pulled the aluminum liner out of the plastic lid - tossed the plastic and epoxied the aluminum lid liner to the old hinge. So I can raise and lower the aluminum lid on the original hinge without all the plastic that was melting before. And I cut out an aluminum piece to cover the view hole (had a clear plastic window) in the lid - with just a small hole to poke the heat gun in. This holds all the heat and I find it easier to work this way than with the top open - I'm using lower heat from the gun so it isn't scorching the surface of the beans. I suspect that with an open top I would need a lot higher heat from the gun and seems like that wouldn't roast as evenly. But I wish I could see the bean color (I have to pull the gun and shine a light now) - so someday I may rig up a view window and a light - that is one thing the turbo oven versions have going for them, the glass top)
Here are two FC roasts of an Ethiopian Sidama I did this weekend
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