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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 5:16am
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What is the consensus on the ability of air poppers(ie. Poppery II) to roast in cold weather? I can keep the air in the popper hot by using a box and partially closing the lids but as I said in a previous post the beans are burning and I am drinking charcoal. Is there a good way of roasting this winter(I live near Buffalo, NY) or am I condemned to buying roasted coffee?--not too bad an alternative but a pain and not as fun!
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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 7:13am
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I think the cold weather helped me, by slowing down the roast without slowing the fan.  I was getting 7-minute roasts in warm weather.

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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 7:57am
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You should be able to.  Usually in an air roaster scorched beans come from not enough movement in the beans.  What is the weight of beans you are roasting in a batch?  What type of beans (peaberry, longberry, normal)?  If all the beans are getting burned, you are roasting them for too long.  If some of the beans are getting burned, you don't have enough bean movement.

Did you get a thermometer like was recommended in the other thread?
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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 10:42am
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I did not yet get a thermometer. I'm not all that clear on how to get it in the popper. Any links> I have a meat thermometer that attaches to a meter for cooking in an oven. Can I just put that in through the top?
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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 2:07pm
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 4:18am
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Wow! What a difference. I simply kept the box open while I roasted, dragging out my roast to about 12-13 minutes and that made a huge difference. No charcoal! Awesome. Thanks. The thermometer idea is something I am definitely contemplating.
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 5:16am
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frankthecrank Said:

Wow! What a difference. I simply kept the box open while I roasted, dragging out my roast to about 12-13 minutes and that made a huge difference. No charcoal! Awesome. Thanks. The thermometer idea is something I am definitely contemplating.

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Good to hear!

There are two options for thermometers

This one is more versatile and you can snake the thermocouple down the side of the chamber so it is in the middle of the beans.  Eventually the probe wears out but they are cheap and universal to fix.

Something like this can be used by drilling through the side of the roast chamber and is inexpensive but less useful in different situations.  

Without a thermometer it is very hard to judge when to stop the roast other than done with 1C/ starting 2C
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 5:40am
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jkoll42 Said:

This one is more versatile and you can snake the thermocouple down the side of the chamber so it is in the middle of the beans.  Eventually the probe wears out but they are cheap and universal to fix.

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You can probably find that thermometer/thermocouple cheaper if you do a search for a Mastech MS6500.

 
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 7:00am
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s0ckeyeus Said:

You can probably find that thermometer/thermocouple cheaper if you do a search for a Mastech MS6500.

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The only other place I have seen it is direct from China and I dont really want to send them my CC!  If anyone finds a good (US Based Co) price on these I would love to know - wouldn't mind a couple more.

On a side note s0ckeyeus, google has already indexed your post and it is on page 2 when you search for "Mastech MS6500" - yikes.
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 10:04am
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jkoll42 Said:

The only other place I have seen it is direct from China and I dont really want to send them my CC!  If anyone finds a good (US Based Co) price on these I would love to know - wouldn't mind a couple more.

On a side note s0ckeyeus, google has already indexed your post and it is on page 2 when you search for "Mastech MS6500" - yikes.

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Your post is on the first page now.  Ha!  Many of the sites either ship from overseas or have minimum orders.  I guess that sucks.

I am half tempted to order one at G0odluckbuy.com.  Apparently they take PayPal.  For $15, it might be worth a shot.  Then again, maybe not.  I'll most likely pass.

 
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