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02/13/2019 4:49 AM
Thanks again Ginny.

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SR500 Eureka
Finally, after roasting some absolute junk beans and after messing up some good beans I think I've cracked the code on the SR500.

I wasted many a bean thinking I needed to start low and extend time by swapping the settings from low to medium to high back to low to medium to low to medium to low etc etc etc and finally finishing up on high just into second crack.

Worksheet after worksheet of copious notes ( wasted ink! )....

I read a tip that said skip all that and just put the damn thing on High Heat, Max Fan, and let it rip. I do stir with the cap off for the first minute with a chop-stick ( works nicely ) and then I just let it go, only messing with the fan speed at points into the roast, slowing it down from max to 7 to 5 to 2 as the roast progresses.

I cooked 3 batches like this and one of them I forgot to extend the time so it just cooled down a bit too early however: That bean was drinkable,... when I mixed beans from all 3 batches the result was great.

Of the 3 batches, the first of course finished just into FC, the second finished well into FC, and the third a bit further just prior to 2C...

Waiting on management approval ( the wife ) and if she gives a thumbs up then my marriage may be saved...
Good news! Looks like you found a good process. Air roasters are capable faster roasting without uneven heating of the individual beans. Lately I've found that moving times back in my DIY air roaster is giving better results too; I've changed from 9 min 1C 12 min drop for a medium level of roast to 6.5 and 9 min, respectively, or 10 for start of 2 crack

What are you at now on your total time to hit 2C? Maybe I'll get that a shot on my system too to see what happens.
So many beans; so little time....
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