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Woz
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Posted Wed Mar 31, 2004, 5:36pm
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WOW! That was fast! I'm jealous.

 
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Roaster: FR+8
Posted Thu Apr 1, 2004, 9:30am
Subject: Re: Fresh Roast Plus 8
 

Well I tried out my first roast by using my kenmore grinder and my bodum manual drip. Like in my previous post I said I got my first batch to French Roast, so the coffee was strong.

Today I decided to read up more on Sweet Maria's website for info on the coffee beans and what happens during the different stages of roast.  Then I made another batch, this time stopping it during the first half of the 2nd crack stage, making it to come out as a Full City roast. Looks promising, and this roast didn't cause the whole house to stink up which in itself is a plus.

So I'll try my second batch tomorrow, and I may even mix some of the 2nd batch with the first to tone down the intensity of the 1st one.

G.

PS: Any recommendation on a cheap grinder that can do different coarseness? I want ot be able to make turkish coffee and regular drip coffee with my own coffee beans. The kenmore one isn't all that great in getting the correct coarseness consistenly, even for drip coffee.
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Woz
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Drip: When I travel
Roaster: Turbo Crazy, I-Roast, FR+8
Posted Fri Apr 2, 2004, 2:27pm
Subject: Re: Fresh Roast Plus 8
 

I am very hopeful that my FR+8 will arrive today. Yesterday, I told my girlfriend I had solved the bean problem. (A couple weeks ago, I served her a disappointing cappuccino using beans from Trader Joe's). However, when I said I had bought a roaster, she said I was a fool. She wanted me to go the mail order route. I'm hoping to prove myself right....

 
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Roaster: Turbo Crazy, I-Roast, FR+8
Posted Mon Apr 5, 2004, 7:54pm
Subject: Re: Fresh Roast Plus 8
 

Well, my FR+8 arrived today, not Friday as I had hoped. I used the very last of my good beans this morning and could have used just a little more, so the FR arrived in the nich of time. I've done two batches so far using coffeewholesaler's Emerald Mist Espresso Blend. I can't wait to try it in the morning. I was surprised at how fast it was and it seemed even faster than expected. The tip sheet at SM's suggests 5:45 for Full City+ and I think I got there sooner. Very exciting.

 
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Roaster: FR+8
Posted Mon Apr 5, 2004, 8:26pm
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Welcome to the dark side.. Mouahahahahahahaha!!!! ;)

Same thing happened to me for my first batch and it went even quicker after cooking all day which cause the kitchen to be quite warm.  

Can wait to impress my relatives coming for Easter with a freshly roasted batch. :)
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ljguitar
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Posted Mon Apr 5, 2004, 9:36pm
Subject: Re: Fresh Roast Plus 8
 

Thalydimide Said:

--- I was surprised at how fast it was and it seemed even faster than expected. The tip sheet at SM's suggests 5:45 for Full City+ and I think I got there sooner. Very exciting.

Posted April 5, 2004 link

Hi guys...
Yes the times are fast on FR+ units, and some beans are quite a bit faster than others. The main reason people put their FR+ on a Variac is because it is a quick little roaster.

The older models used to get to full city in under 4 minutes!

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Woz
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Drip: When I travel
Roaster: Turbo Crazy, I-Roast, FR+8
Posted Mon Apr 5, 2004, 10:20pm
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I think I'm closer to a full Vienna rather than Full City looking at my beans.

"Welcome to the darkside" LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Woz
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Espresso: QuickMill Vetrano
Grinder: Macap M4 Stepless
Drip: When I travel
Roaster: Turbo Crazy, I-Roast, FR+8
Posted Mon Apr 5, 2004, 10:54pm
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Official now: updated my profile to include my roaster!

I can feel the darkside calling me....

 
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Mary1010
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Posted Sun Apr 11, 2004, 4:25pm
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I just ordered and received my new FreshRoast +8 as well. I roasted two batches yesterday and one today.

Big problem - After this third batch, when I went to pull the chamber out of the roaster base unit, the aluminum base of the chamber stayed in the base unit and the glass and handle pulled away! (This was the first batch that I did today, so the unit as a whole was at normal operating temperatures)

Should I have expected the chamber to break like this after only three uses?

From my research within the forums, it looks like the silicone seal was not very good and I'll have to fix it myself. I found a recommendation for Rutland 500 RTV and one for JB Weld. Are there any other preferred sealents for this? And where is the best place to find these? Can you get them at Lowe's or a Sear's Hardware?

Thanks!

Mary in Ohio
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Location: Small town in Wisconsin
Expertise: I live coffee

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Vac Pot: Indestructible Stainless
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Posted Sun Apr 11, 2004, 6:20pm
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Should I have expected the chamber to break like this after only three uses?

Certainly not!  Obviously, there was something wrong with your chamber to make it come apart that quickly.

Fixing it yourself is certainly an option, but so is contacting the vendor you bought the unit from.  You could also call Tim direct at FreshBeans--the number is in the literature that came with your roaster.   Tim is great to work with and would certainly work with you to make it right.  

Good luck, and happy roasting!

Cheryl
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