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Flour sifter agitators stuck on beans
JackH

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mtbizzle wrote:

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I wish the old Sweet maria's thread was still accessible. Wonder why it was removed. I've heard poppers were used with flour sifters, though. I'm sure it would be useful to hear what they did.

Was it a Homeroasters thread that was removed?



I edited mtbizzle's post (#17) and added my question by mistake. Sorry! should have used quote.
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KKTO Roaster.
renatoa

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Gullygossner wrote:

I believe the poppery 1 is 1500w so I figured it would have no problem supplying enough heat. I have torn the lid apart already to either modify it to fit a heat gun or allow the poppery 1 unit to sit lower in the lid, closer to the bean mass. I'll try to paint a picture of how it was setup though, stainless steel cut to fit over the kkto pots. One hole with a hinged lid for bean loading and viewing and another hole big enough for the poppery 1 with the plastic portion of the popcorn chamber removed, just the bottom fan section and metal mixing/heating element section bolted to the lid blowing in.


Interesting... but there is still the popper noise, much more than the almost complete silence of a TO lid, so I wonder what is the catch, other than trying something different, for the love of tinkering Grin
Gullygossner

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renatoa wrote:

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Gullygossner wrote:

I believe the poppery 1 is 1500w so I figured it would have no problem supplying enough heat. I have torn the lid apart already to either modify it to fit a heat gun or allow the poppery 1 unit to sit lower in the lid, closer to the bean mass. I'll try to paint a picture of how it was setup though, stainless steel cut to fit over the kkto pots. One hole with a hinged lid for bean loading and viewing and another hole big enough for the poppery 1 with the plastic portion of the popcorn chamber removed, just the bottom fan section and metal mixing/heating element section bolted to the lid blowing in.


Interesting... but there is still the popper noise, much more than the almost complete silence of a TO lid, so I wonder what is the catch, other than trying something different, for the love of tinkering Grin


You pretty much nailed it on the head, just for the love of tinkering lol. I have two issues regarding my kkto while using the to lid:

1. My roast times are slightly on the long end I feel ~12-13min to first crack with a 190c preheat

2. I always get some smokey or chared notes in the beans, it's just never quite as bright of a flavor compared to the popcorn machine. My thought was I could use the poppery 1 along with the loading hatch to move more air through the system as opposed to the mostly closed nature of the to.

I apologize to the op, I have digressed from the original post heavily.
mtbizzle
lil' update - yeah, seems the Poppery II + flour sifter does not really get hot enough.

Here's the setup:
i.imgur.com/BfBbGUL.jpg

I did a test roast of 200g of Sumatra blue gayo, from Happy Mug. Unfortunately I didn't read before choosing these to test with, there is a review saying, "I don't hear any cracks." Yeah, well I didn't either Roflmao

After about 11m, this is what the beans looked like:

i.imgur.com/m29lRIX.jpg

At that point I dumped most of the beans into the Poppery II in attempt to get something drinkable. Maybe two minutes after, had this:

i.imgur.com/kXneRVu.jpg

Didn't think there was any FC, as I didn't hear cracks, but some certainly did...

i.imgur.com/e5FT1uD.jpg

Any thoughts?? I was hoping the 1200w of the Ole Pop 2 would supply enough heat Shock
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
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renatoa
Very strange power needs you have...
I remember my poppery days, using for dry phase of 120 grams 600W fixed power, then switching to 1200W full power to complete roast in the 7-8 minutes ballpark.
mtbizzle

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Very strange power needs you have...


Forgot to mention, thermostat is in place in the Poppery II. Another user pointed this out.

May need to remove thermostat, and wire through my fan speed controller. Some concern that it may not get hot enough w/o becoming unsafely hot, but I can't know until I test it I suppose.

I would try test batches w/ 100g of natural beans I have, start power low, perhaps 50-60%, and try to observe for roast landmark timings... Ideally being able to adjust until I get decent timings on the roast landmarks.

Any safety tips for using a popper w/o thermostat? Warning signs to observe for? Grin Fire blanket will be nearby smoking
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
Brew: aeropress, v60, la pavoni professional & flair espresso, Hoffmann french press, 'Scott Rao' water
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renatoa
If thermostat is in place, it should trip at 180 C degrees, at least so is the models I know here in Europe. Seems to be related to popcorn charring.
This is the reason thermostat should be bypassed, to allow temperature rise in the 230-250 C degrees ballpark, needed for the right coffee roasting process.
There is another safety measure, a thermal fuse, usually having 270 C as melting point.

As initial tuning, I would try various power levels with the popper empty, to find the power needed for two temperature milestones: 200 C, as maximum preheat/charge temperature, and 270 C, as maximum hot air temperature during roast. This is the power range where you should play from now.
Then I would preheat and charge at 175-200 C, ramp slowly for 4 minutes to 240-250 C, and let there until FC. Depending on the timings recorded for dry end and FC, I would adjust power levels for next roasts.
If FC not happens until minute 12, I would try less beans next roast. Pushing temperature up above 270 C would led to roasting defects.
mtbizzle
That is good to know that there is another safety mechanism. I removed the metal sheet to 'disable' the thermostat.

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I would try various power levels with the popper empty, to find the power needed for two temperature milestones: 200 C, as maximum preheat/charge temperature, and 270 C, as maximum hot air temperature during roast.
Then I would preheat and charge at 175-200 C, ramp slowly for 4 minutes to 240-250 C, and let there until FC. Depending on the timings recorded for dry end and FC, I would adjust power levels for next roasts.
If FC not happens until minute 12, I would try less beans next roast. Pushing temperature up above 270 C would led to roasting defects.


Excellent, thanks Renatoa. When you say measure empty for the 200C and 270C points, I am thinking to measure low in the sifter, near the mesh, and observe for what % power gives a steady temperature plateau at 200C/270C.

I have been thinking of doing this mod to the Poppery 2, without bypassing the thermal fuse: https://ineedcoffee.com/west-bend-pop...-roasting/. In short, this mod places the main heating coil on one line, and the fan and minor heating coil on another line. Use fan speed controller for the main heating element only. Constant full speed for the fan, adjustable temperature, remove thermostat but keep thermal fuse.

Then use the 200C power level as my pre-heat setting, charge, gradually increase power to the 270C power level over the first few minutes. I do have one thermocouple + multimeter, which will allow me to measure temps while it is empty, but the sifter is not wired with thermocouples to give roast temps right now. I'm not sure if just dropping the thermocouple wire into the beans that are being stirred will be very useful, but I could try to run it through a small hole.
Edited by mtbizzle on 05/20/2020 5:42 PM
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
Brew: aeropress, v60, la pavoni professional & flair espresso, Hoffmann french press, 'Scott Rao' water
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mtbizzle

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Gullygossner wrote:
This weekend I attempted to use a poppery 1 heat/fan unit as the heat source on my KKTO...
I suspect air poppers can’t achieve the same outlet temperatures as heat guns since the retention time over the heating coils is less and I suspect the airflow is higher.


Gully, if there are any mechanisms to enforce a temperature ceiling in the poppery 1, like the thermostat or thermal fuse, did you do anything to these?
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
Brew: aeropress, v60, la pavoni professional & flair espresso, Hoffmann french press, 'Scott Rao' water
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Gullygossner

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mtbizzle wrote:

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Gullygossner wrote:
This weekend I attempted to use a poppery 1 heat/fan unit as the heat source on my KKTO...
I suspect air poppers can’t achieve the same outlet temperatures as heat guns since the retention time over the heating coils is less and I suspect the airflow is higher.


Gully, if there are any mechanisms to enforce a temperature ceiling in the poppery 1, like the thermostat or thermal fuse, did you do anything to these?


Yes the thermostat has been removed and the fan/heater are on different circuits with the heater being controlled via an esp8266/ssr combination.
mtbizzle

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As initial tuning, I would try various power levels with the popper empty,


Just did some temperature tests of the empty flour sifter atop Poppery II, after removing thermal switch. Probe at bottom of flour sifter. Power adjusted w/ fan speed controller. Max temperature I was really getting, before plateau, was 190C.

Horribly ugly line chart, but I don't want to fiddle with making it prettier Grin

i.imgur.com/PYz2J1Z.jpg

Notes:
-'light': light was plugged into same outlet as popper and powered on.
-'direct wire': popper wired directly to outlet, no fan speed controller.

Temp plateaus (around 2 minutes):
60% power: 130C
75% power: 150C
90% power: 180C
100% power (wired thru fan speed controller): 185C
Direct wire: 190C

Certainly not getting the 270C Renatoa mentioned, at least in the hot air flowing freely, through empty popper/sifter.

Are there any easy ways to 'insulate' a flour sifter... :thinking:
Edited by mtbizzle on 05/21/2020 10:18 PM
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
Brew: aeropress, v60, la pavoni professional & flair espresso, Hoffmann french press, 'Scott Rao' water
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renatoa
What about reducing the airflow ? No need for beans levitation in a sifter.

Yes, 190 C could be used for cold brew roasts only, not for medium/city.
This test shows how big is the temperature gradient between the the bottom of the can versus the surface of beans pile, thus the importance of having a vertical movement for an even roast.
mtbizzle

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renatoa wrote:

What about reducing the airflow ?


Reducing airflow independent of the heating elements would require some parts I don't have. Possible in the future, but not in the short term.

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the importance of having a vertical movement for an even roast.


Good point -- I do try to 'scoop' the beans in my poppers up a bit, when I stir them...

Did a test run with 100g of natural yirga (roasts very unevenly in my past experience):
i.imgur.com/DZujGWA.jpg

My goal was to see if, and when, first crack would occur. Unfortunately I couldn't hear any cracks. Gradually ramped up power over 6 minutes. Ended roast just before 17 minutes. 12.2% weight loss. This bean seems to always look uneven and half orange, but regardless, 12.2% loss at 17 minutes -- does not seem to be hot enough to be roasting.
Edited by mtbizzle on 05/22/2020 9:01 PM
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
Brew: aeropress, v60, la pavoni professional & flair espresso, Hoffmann french press, 'Scott Rao' water
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mtbizzle
Just finished first test roast on my functional, but not really finished, heat gun + flower sifter. The heat gun is a wagner 700 (or 750?) which has a lot of heat and fan settings. I was somewhere around 730-850 setting the entire roast, max fan speed.

Given what you see... the stand was moving around a lot during the roast, so I had to adjust a lot. I should really get a wired drill + stand for this...

i.imgur.com/LjmUkvu.jpg

Rwanda Rulindo Bushoki Peaberry from SM
135g charge
Approx. 17% loss
Approx. 14:30 drop

Tom recommends City - Full City. Unfortunately didn't hear first cracks, but eventually my flour sifter turned into a smoke stack and I heard cracks, so pretty sure this is a light Vienna roast.... (picture under LED light)

i.imgur.com/MSXQTUF.jpg
Roast: Nostalgia popper
Grind: Bunn G3, Comandante c40
Brew: aeropress, v60, la pavoni professional & flair espresso, Hoffmann french press, 'Scott Rao' water
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