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Quick flare ups using new Hottop B
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Barbara wrote:On the profile you posted above when do you consider FC starting, based on my temps above, so I can figure out what is approximately 30 seconds before FC. This would help me tremendously in my roasting endeavors. Thanks again for taking time to share a beginners profile.

If you always know what temperature that 1st starts at then you can figure from that when to drop the temps. I never worried about getting that precise. You might even just listen carefully and drop the temp at the second stray click of 1st and I think that will be very close. Roasting just 230 grams things will happen quicker than most posted profiles since the "recommended" standard roast amount is 250 grams, so once you get a feel for that is happening then you can predict. For example, if first always happens at 375, then try dropping the temperature at 365 or 368 or so. Do a couple of roasts with that, timing the "dwell" time between the end of first and the beginning of second, then adjust accordingly to what you can quantify during the roast, and more importantly, what you can taste in the cup.

That seems to be the most difficult thing about roasting- being consistent enough with your brewing technique (and having quality equipment that can produce consistent results) to be able to sense how the roast profile changes the taste in the cup.

So for now, relax, keep roasting, work towards a reproducible profile, and continue to use that with the same beans or blend, then work from there.

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Thank you, Randy. I use approximately 235 grams because I have 1 Lb samples so I am dividing into 2 equal roasts. I realize the roast will progress quicker so that is why i have been looking for profiles using Hottop display temps as a guideline. I appreciate your explanations and I will do some experimentation. It was helpful for me to see the approximate temp difference between lowering the temp and 1st crack. I tend to be too technical and I will relax and enjoy the experienceBBQ grill
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