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02/27/2021 9:50 AM
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02/27/2021 9:29 AM
I'm looking to hire someone to teach/help me to find the best roast profile for the 3 types of coffee that grow on my farm in nicaragua. I live in LA, but but could go anywhere in so cal with my Behmor for a roasting lesson. Please contact me if you're in

02/17/2021 7:20 PM
When your wife thinks 30 grams for a 6 cup setting is strong, you learn to drink muddy water when you are making coffee for both of you.

02/17/2021 8:32 AM
I use a rule of thumb of 60 grams per liter. 8 cups (1 liter, 32 oz) = 60 grams, 6 cups (3/4 liter, 24 oz) = 45 grams. 10 cups = 75 grams 12 cups = 90 grams

02/17/2021 1:47 AM
OldMan41, depends what is "a pot"... usually is more accurate to specify the brew ratio, instead grams of coffee. The most usual is 1:15, thus 40 grams for 600 ml of water. If the 100 grams are for one liter pot, then we are talking about 1:10 ratio.

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B-2K+ and cleaning
tjkoko
WOW! After two roasts am I ever impressed with this unit over the Whirlypop!!! Okay, the instruction manual recommends using espresso machine cleaner to clean and de-residue the unit. Is the espresso machine cleaner citric acid or what?????

Up until I took ownership of my B-2K+ unit I always wondered the reason why anyone would ever want to roast more than one batch a week! HA!
Randy G
Simple Green works on the drum, bean loading chute cover, and the chaff tray. OxyClean (the original unscented) also works but NOT for aluminum.

Do not soak the front cover and do not remove the four little screws that hold the glass in place! Wash it with a scrub brush of some sort, rinse in fresh water, and dry. Compressed air works well on the front cover to dry it and get the trapped chaff out.

I roasted two batches, back to back in mine this past weekend. I roast lighter then most for espresso and wanted to see how well my roasts age.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.
pablo

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Randy G wrote:

Simple Green works on the drum, bean loading chute cover, and the chaff tray. OxyClean (the original unscented) also works but NOT for aluminum.

Do not soak the front cover and do not remove the four little screws that hold the glass in place! Wash it with a scrub brush of some sort, rinse in fresh water, and dry. Compressed air works well on the front cover to dry it and get the trapped chaff out.

I roasted two batches, back to back in mine this past weekend. I roast lighter then most for espresso and wanted to see how well my roasts age.


Why do you say "Do not soak the front cover and do not remove the four little screws that hold the glass in place!"
rgrosz78

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pablo wrote:
Why do you say "Do not soak the front cover and do not remove the four little screws that hold the glass in place!"

When I did NOT know any better, I soaked my front cover in a cafiza solution to clean it. After a few years, it destroyed the larger screw at the top that holds the cover in place. I had to order a replacement from Hottop!

The four screws that hold the glass in place are "permanent". You do NOT need to remove them to clean the front cover.
Life is too short to drink bad wine ... or bad coffee!
Randy G
The screws and the front casting are different metals and they create some electrolysis. Any cleaner in the threads will accelerate that. When the screws are removed it takes the threads (or what is left of the threads) with them. A cleaning with Simple Green, rinse with clean, running water, and blow dry with compressed air works just fine.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.
Tavake12
I remove the glass from the front plate about every 3 - 4 roasts and clean the glass and plate with Bon Ami.
The screws come out fine and go in easily, just like any other screws-however, if I feel any degradation in the way they behave, I may stop doing this. I like having a crystal clear viewing window.

In 70+ roasts, I have not yet cleaned the inside of the heating chamber.

I have not cleaned the drum, either, I only pull it out and check for stuck beans. I don't think I will ever attempt to clean the drum, but I might change my mind after 500 or so roasts.

I have washed the rear filter and re-used it. I actually took the plastic case apart (it's not too hard) and washed the two filters separately. The accordion fold paper filter was easy to take out and put in, but after washing the filter, it expanded and was a bear to get back in, I had to re-compress the folds, but it was possible.

Since I now know how to take the filter holder apart, I am going to try simply rotating the filters 180 degrees and placing them back in the holder. I noticed that most of the residue is on one half of the filter, and the other half is pretty clean.

The washed filter actually seemed to work OK, I am still able to roast in my kitchen with the vent fan on without filling the house with smoke.
Edited by Tavake12 on 02/02/2020 6:39 AM
fatboytx
I ran 3-4 roasts through the HT every time I set it up. Afterwards, I pulled the drum and washed drum, dryer base, chute cover, drum thrust plate and cover. Everything got a spray with formula 409 and scrubbed. The glass cover doesn't get dunked in soapy water. I then wipe out the chamber and clean as best I can. All parts sit overnight for drying. I check the filter once a month. Next time I roast ... during warm up ... I turn on the fan to blow out any residual smells that may be lingering. This worked very well for me. However, I've passed my HT along to another and am looking for a new coffee roaster with larger capacity. If HT produced a 2lb capacity roaster I'd buy it.
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