Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:29am Subject: Question about Whirly Pop roasting
I decided to recently take the plunge into home roasting. Did some reading on this and Sweet Maria and went out and purchased a Whirly Pop before investing more heavily in a Behmor.
I bought some Kenya AA greens from a buddy who has a roasting business.
I am not using a thermometer at this point but realize I probably need one.
I roasted indoors on a gas stove and let the Whirly Pop preheat for a few minutes before dropping 8 ozs. of greens in. Stirring constantly on a medium heat, I started to get some first crack at about 5 minutes. At this point I dropped the temp to low. Seemed to slow it down and I continued to get first crack for about 3 (8:00 minute) more minutes. At the 11:00 mark I started to get what I thought was 2nd crack so I pulled them off and threw them in a colander to begin cooling.
What I noticed was many of the beans still had chaff attached and looked lighter. After cooling for a few minutes I didn't like the looks of the consistency so I threw them back in the WP and roasted for another 3 minutes. Got some more cracks. Threw them back in the colander and completed the cooling process. Put them in a jar in the pantry with the lid slighty ajar to allow degas.
Pulled them out this morning to try them after about 36 hrs. Ran them through my Vario. Beans sounded harder than normal (compared to roasted beans I have purchased). Aroma was decent but slightly woody. I generally brew with a pour over (clever dripper) and that was my method today. Taste: slightly acidic, sour, and definitely woody. My question is, does this sound like I might be under roasting? I know old beans can be woody but my buddy says they are fresh so I don't that's it. I'm wondering if what I thought was 2nd C was in fact still first? Any help would be appreciated.
Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 1:09pm Subject: Re: Question about Whirly Pop roasting
The woody aroma and taste is what we call grassy and is a sign of underroasted beans (usually prior to 1st crack). I believe the cracks you were hearing were first cracks and not 2nd.
Another indicator of very light roasting is that your grinder was having difficulty grinding the beans.
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