Posted Mon Mar 3, 2014, 7:13pm Subject: Hoping to get some feedback on my first roast (long roast time?)
You all have been so great with the advice I've received so far. I did my first roast tonight (SM's Brazil Fazenda Do Serrado). I'm using a bone stock Poppery 1. I put the plastic top on and stuck it in a box to try to collect chaff (this worked well). I started with 69g (slightly less than 1/2 cup) of beans to see how they moved in the popper like it says to do on SM's site. I ended up adding 20g more to get it to spin slower. So here's my little timeline: 1:30 the chaff really started flying off. It took 6:40 to hit FC. At 8:00 first crack was done. I kept them in for 1 more additional minute to try and achieve a City + roast. They were immediately cooled in my 5 gal bucket/vac setup.
The roast color of the beans was actually very consistent. I tried comparing mine to SMs website. My bean texture is approaching smooth (you can still see some texture) and has just the slightest sheen. Some of the beans are also getting slight cracks at the tips. Going by this I think I may have ventured closer to Full City.
Do you think my roast took to long? (popper not hot enough) What happens when you have a longer roast? I noticed there wasn't a cracking frenzy going on like I've seen in some videos when FC happens. There was cracking, just not as intense as I thought it should be.
I did have my popper plugged into an outlet in the basement that had some other loads on it. I think it would get hotter with a dedicated outlet.
Bottom line...I had a blast with my first roast! I'm so excited to learn more and continue my roasting journey....and drink my coffee of course :-)
Posted Tue Mar 4, 2014, 1:03pm Subject: Re: Hoping to get some feedback on my first roast (long roast time?)
With my SR500 I always shot for 8-10 min roasts. I always try to avoid second crack personally, I like the flavors I get when I'm almost but not quite there, depends on the bean how far I go past first. I second the congrats and you're off to a great start!
Posted Tue Mar 4, 2014, 2:00pm Subject: Re: Hoping to get some feedback on my first roast (long roast time?)
Failsafe answer to How you did: 1 - GO to Expedia.com 2 - Buy me a business class round trip flight 3 - send me the tickets (I assume that you would like my wife to accompany me). 4 - We will come, taste the coffee, and give our opinions.
Seriously though, nothing matters except taste. It is a food product, after all.
Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014, 4:58am Subject: Re: Hoping to get some feedback on my first roast (long roast time?)
frcn- I'm going to have to cancel your ticket. I had my coffee this morning...wow it was just fantastic. I couldn't believe it. It is incredibly rewarding roasting your beans and then drinking the coffee. I'm hooked. I'm going to roast more tonight.
Frost- Thanks for linking me up to your post there. I liked your explanation of the phases of the roast and what times to shoot for. I was actually right around 3-4 mins for each phase. I will continue to use this magic outlet for my popper :-)
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