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gregr
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Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 2:07pm
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boar_d_laze Said:

Nothing says modern, artisanal profiling like door-wiggling.

Rich

Posted February 16, 2014 link

lol- yeah, it was real high tech. I made one attempt to get thermocouples in there and started looking for another roaster- which turned out to be a Hottop.
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 11:38am
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For what it's worth, I have heard great things about the Huky 500.  We were using a behmor which is pretty good for the price, but you don't really have any control.
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gregr
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 11:46am
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masonjer Said:

For what it's worth, I have heard great things about the Huky 500.  We were using a behmor which is pretty good for the price, but you don't really have any control.

Posted February 17, 2014 link

It's epic. I'm loving the Huky and can't say enough good things about it.
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boar_d_laze
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 6:14pm
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masonjer Said:

A Behmor ... is pretty good for the price, but you don't really have any control.

Posted February 17, 2014 link

Exactly.

For what it's worth, I have heard great things about the Huky 500.

While much better than a Behmor, "pretty good at the price" is also a fair description of the Huky.  A lot more goodness, true; but at a lot more price.  At least the Huky turns the major corner of profiling and (with thermocouples) provides the roaster with enough information, power and airflow to execute standard profiles like 5:30 - 3:00 - 3:00 successfully.

A Huky is far from the last word in "control," and certainly not in refinement.  But the next step up in Chinese made 500g roasters, like the Bella Mini 500 or Yang Chia 800n, is about twice as expensive.  

Worth it?  Depends.

For me, just like the step from Hot Top to Huky wasn't worth the price, the step from Huky to pro-style Chinese roaster wasn't either.  On the other hand, the step beyond Chinese built roasters to an American made roaster was.  "Value" is relative.  After more than a hundred pounds with my USRC, I'm convinced the decision was right for me.  

This is one of the few times you can pick your relatives, but one of many where you make your own choices.      

Rich
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 7:45am
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Wow this is a great thread for the OP and reference. I pretty much agree with everything that's been said. BDL really broke down the machine types in an easy to read format.

Behmor works if your roasting for yourself or friends; there is a cool down cycle not really a back to back machine. Behmor needs to be vented along with every other roaster IMHO. People living in cold climates have special considerations; apartments, basements, garages, kitchens??

The easiest way to learn about roasting coffee? Go hang out or work part time in a Roastery. Those folks are up to their eyeballs in coffee every minute, although there are major differences roasting 10lbs vs 8oz.

Gas vs electric? Working with gas allows more fine tuning the flame, with electric you learn how to control the element heat lag. Which one is better depends on how/where the machine is set up.

I just picked up a used Huky and it's pretty amazing to look at. Workmanship is way over the top; there are all kind of accessories/options to choose from. Ventilated or solid drum, 48rpm or 72rpm motor; all the thermocouples you could think about...

Huky was designed as a hobbyist machine but is also being used by professionals in the coffee trade, same for the Quest. USRC 1lb, SF1, Mini500 etc. are the ultimate small roasters; no need for upgrading at this level. Are they worth the huge price tag? I'm biased; love my Mini500!
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thepilgrimsdream
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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 8:35am
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Okay, got my eyes set on the Huky. I'd like to roast about 10lbs a week. I have a lot of friends relatives who would buy from me. So I figure once I dial in a good profile, $10 for 12oz bag would give me $30-50 income a week to reinvest in getting more beans to experiment with.

If any huky 500 users have suggestion on how to have it customized I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks so much guys
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Posted Thu Apr 10, 2014, 1:04pm
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Don't go crazy, buy a Hottop until you really decide on if you are really going to start a business.
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Posted Thu Apr 10, 2014, 3:08pm
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javacrazed Said:

Don't go crazy, buy a Hottop until you really decide on if you are really going to start a business.

Posted April 10, 2014 link

10lbs a week is not a business it is just where you end up when you love roasting coffee. I did this on a HT for over three years and spent a lot of my free time roasting. I don't think I will ever sell my HT, too many fond hours spent with it but there is something to be said about gas and a 1 pound machine, control and volume are the biggest. The HT performs best at under 1/2 pound charges and while it has control over the roast, at least the B does, the electric element take time to respond so small changes kind of get lost with lag time.
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Posted Thu Apr 10, 2014, 3:23pm
Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
 

Wow this is a great ...

10lbs a week ...

Yep, +1, to  everything Hank and Rob said.

Huky seems like a great choice for what you want.  It would be nice if you could run down to Roasters R Us and lease each of the four or five likely choices for a few weeks before making a decision.  Alas.

Rich
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germantownrob
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Posted Thu Apr 10, 2014, 5:21pm
Subject: Re: Buying my first roaster
 

boar_d_laze Said:

Yep, +1, to  everything Hank and Rob said.

Huky seems like a great choice for what you want.  It would be nice if you could run down to Roasters R Us and lease each of the four or five likely choices for a few weeks before making a decision.  Alas.

Rich

Posted April 10, 2014 link

Thanks Rich!

Just read Hanks post, missed it earlier, kinda nails it. I always wanted to try a Hulky, paired with the right burner it seems this machine can do what I was always longing for when roasting on the HT.might just have to get myself one although I am finding myself at the camp fire with a wok more and more searching for the origins of roasting, the rest of the time you will find me at my commercial machine tweaking a profile. My kids know more about roasting coffee at 4and 6 then I did after 20 years of drinking the stuff.

Pairing a machine with the person roasting is something I don't think we look at enough. Do you really want to learn how to profile a bean? Do you want the ability to alter a particular beans flavor to your own personal moods? Do you want to please many with a darn good cup of coffee, probably some of the best coffee they ever had? The last one is easy, plug and play using quality fresh green beans. The other two take time, energy, money, an a lot of roasting.

Have fun.
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