tonini Senior Member Joined: 22 Jan 2013 Posts: 33 Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Silvia V3 Grinder: HG One
Posted Mon Nov 18, 2013, 4:07pm Subject: temporary roasting solution
After my posts and constant reading no doubt the huky 500 is the way to go. Like stated in my thread " Your Experience With The Huky 500", where I will move to in the next 6 months is still up for debate. The huky will be the long term goal and will come but for now I need a temporary fix. In case you didn't read my thread, the problem for me is if I move into an apartment the gas roaster route cannot work. I was hoping to find comfort in going to a behomor or less but i fear the lack of control. The hottop is what I was thinking about but how do they resell? Do they resell well? I don't see many on this thread but one in the for sale section not getting any comments. If I go smaller than a behmor it would be like a fresh roast 500 or something. Thoughts please!
An HT set up right is a very powerful tool, more sophisticated and home-friendly than a Huky, and with better cooling too. With a little bit of modding and some software the HT is capable of a great deal more sophistication. An HT "B", with two probes, Artisan and TC/4 offers a LOT of control, relative to the Huky. I hear the new version of Artisan, 0.7, combined with a Phidget, is supposed to be even better.
I started with the Fresh Roast, then the Behmor, and now a Huky I bought last month. The FR was a valuable learning tool for me as I could easily associate the roast odors and color of the beans. Moved on to the Behmor to get more capacity and a chance to see what other flavors I could get out of my favorite beans. However I was disappointed in the cooling especially roasting outside on the porch in 90 degree temps. Anticipating how much more it would roast and hitting the cool button at the right time was a pain. I only used the Behmor a few months before I decided to go with the full manual Huky.
So far I have been pleased with the results. I'm getting into roasting for espresso and the Huky lets me roast darker than the Behmor can safely do. The biggest drawback is making time for a roast. I don't have a dedicated spot to leave it set up and vented to the outside. So getting it all setup and warmed up, then roast, then wait for it to cool off to put away to keep the wife happy makes for an extended but fun filled roast. As for the actual roasting with the Huky, I find using a Variac to control the fan speed and keeping air running all the time works best with the solid drum for me. Stock lpg heater works fine with 250g batches.
This solves that battle. I must do hottop, I mostly enjoy my espresso. I drink french press at work but that is desperation for me. I realize French Press is a beautiful method in coffee but I just enjoy my espresso much more. Now the battle is automatic vs manual. With my first reply, I see that if I choose to do so I can turn my hottop in to one hell of a roaster.
I'm not so sure I agree that the Hottop cools better than the Huky. Huky beans are cold to the touch in about two minutes- not just cooled down but actually cold. I also don't see why people think the IR stove the Huky comes with (if you choose) isn't powerful enough. With a little fan use I think I could bring a pound to charcoal in less than ten minutes, probably more like 6. My first roast the beans were dry in under 3 (oops) and that was at less than half power. I've been doing one pound roasts from the beginning and there's never been a point where I needed more heat than what the stove could put out. Not close even.
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