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maconcoffee
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 5:21pm
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I have been buying green beans and roasting my own for several months.  Roasted some beans to a generous  Full City+, and when I ground them, my grinder locked down as if a rock was stuck in it.  I took it apart, cleaned it out, but it had stripped a gear.  So I purchased a new grinder-bigger and better, and the same batch of beans locked the new one up 3seconds into its first grind!  Anyone ever see this?  Any ideas?  I cannot find anything wrong with the beans
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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013, 5:41am
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What grinder are you using?
If you can't find anything like a rock stopping it, it is a pretty weak grinder. Full city + isn't going to lock up a grinder on it's own.

 
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Posted Sat Dec 21, 2013, 1:08am
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Very abnormal. Even the crappiest $30 burr grinder will handle light roasted coffee without issue.  Full City + should be super easy.

What grinders were you using?  

My guess is your roast isn't exactly what you're describing as "normal".
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Posted Sat Dec 21, 2013, 1:39am
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maconcoffee Said:

I have been buying green beans and roasting my own for several months.  Roasted some beans to a generous  Full City+, and when I ground them, my grinder locked down as if a rock was stuck in it.  I took it apart, cleaned it out, but it had stripped a gear.  So I purchased a new grinder-bigger and better, and the same batch of beans locked the new one up 3seconds into its first grind!  Anyone ever see this?  Any ideas?  I cannot find anything wrong with the beans

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Your roast is underdeveloped on the interior of the bean.  Outside might be FC+ in color but the interior is rock hard.  Did it once -- first roast I had ever tried.  Slow your heat application and stretch out the roast.

 
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