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Pictures of my Bread Machine per request
PeteH
I took some pictures of my BM/HG setup today, hope they turn out okay after posting them.

The first one is of the machine itself, I added an electrical box on top. The left switch controls the motor, the one on the right turns the built in heater coil on and off. I hooked it up just in case I neede a little extra boost.

Pete
PeteH attached the following image:
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Edited by PeteH on 03/22/2008 7:28 PM
 
PeteH
The paddle was inspired by seedlings, I actually like it better than the factory paddle in my other BM.

In the upper right had corner of the bottom is my TC sticking through. I took a piece of copper wire and made a loop and gently squeezed it around the TC to keep it from pulling through the hole. It sticks through the hole about 3/4" or so.

I can't figure out how to attach more than one picture per post so I guess you just start a thread and keep replying to it and adding a picture per reply? (help)
PeteH attached the following image:
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Edited by PeteH on 03/22/2008 7:38 PM
 
PeteH
Here's my bean cooler. It's just a stainless colander my Wife had. I just set it on top of a 3 gallon plastic bucket. I drilled a hole in the side near the bottom and put in a fitting for the vacuum hose. It cools 1 lb of beans in about 1 minute or less.

The colander just sits on the bucket and with the vacuum turned on it seals very tightly to the bucket.

If you wanted to do more than a pound you would need to go to a 5 gallon bucket and cut a hole in the lid large enough for the entire colander to drop into it. and remove one handle from the colander so it would drop in to the rim.

If you even need a good adhesive to glue vacuum fittings, etc. in try Liquid Nails in a caulking tube. It's cheap and fills loose seams and holes. I have used it on a lot of dust collector fittings.
PeteH attached the following image:
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Edited by PeteH on 03/22/2008 7:59 PM
 
PeteH
Here's my Dust collector distribution box, the center hose with the gate open is the one I have hanging about 10" above my roaster to collect chaff and smoke and send it outside.

My home made woodstove is also in the picture.
PeteH attached the following image:
vacuum[853].jpg
 
PeteH
Here's one I got at the Goodwill that is one of the rectangular instead of square containers. It takes longer to roast in, I think it's because it has more surface area to lose the heat from.

I added a switch into the original control panel to turn the motor of and off with. It even has a pilot light in it that shows when it is on.
PeteH attached the following image:
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Edited by PeteH on 03/22/2008 8:25 PM
 
seedlings
Nice setup and I especially love the stirring "paddle" Pete!
s:2Grins:2Grins:2
For my thermocouple, I poked a hole on the back side of one of the ridges on the sides. I figured that would give cover to the tip. I placed mine about the same distance from the bottom that you did, but I think I'm going to move it up about an 1 to 1.5 inches because with the larger (3 to 4 cup) batches I've been doing lately, the temperature is lagging 2nd crack by about 15 to 20 degrees. With a 2 cup batch, 2C stared at 425F just about every time. Now it's around 405F for the same coffee, just a larger amount.

Is the heatgun operated hands-on or hands-off?

CHAD
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
PeteH

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seedlings wrote:
Nice setup and I especially love the stirring "paddle" Pete!
s:2Grins:2Grins:2
For my thermocouple, I poked a hole on the back side of one of the ridges on the sides. I figured that would give cover to the tip. I placed mine about the same distance from the bottom that you did, but I think I'm going to move it up about an 1 to 1.5 inches because with the larger (3 to 4 cup) batches I've been doing lately, the temperature is lagging 2nd crack by about 15 to 20 degrees. With a 2 cup batch, 2C stared at 425F just about every time. Now it's around 405F for the same coffee, just a larger amount.

Is the heatgun operated hands-on or hands-off?

CHAD


Glad you liked the paddle Chad, seems like it doesn't fling the beans around as much as the factory ones do, and there's no vortex in the center. The first one I made was way too tall but would work on a large batch.

For now my heat gun is hands on but not for long. I have some ideas/thoughts about coming up with some stainless tubing to run down into the roaster and mounted into a plate.

I also have almost figured out how to transfer the beans from the BM to my cooler with vacuum if the hose would take the heat. That would eliminate having to get a hot container of beans out of the BM.

Happy Easter, - Pete
 
bvwelch
Nice setup and great photos!

A question about the stirrer-- is there any harm in having a lot of bean-flinging action, other than the possibility of having beans jump out of the bread pan?

My homemade stirrer is huge and really slings the beans around. Kinda noisy, so maybe I'll build one like yours and see if it makes it easier to hear the 1st cracks.

Thanks,

Bill
 
John Despres
Great looking setup, Pete! Have you found a need for the internal heat element? And does it seem to help at all?

How difficult is it to lift and dump the beans with the thermocouple hanging off the side of the bucket?
Edited by John Despres on 03/23/2008 4:28 PM
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
mackeb
A great use of a a bread machine. I wouldn't use them to make bread inGrin
mackeb's wife
SSG Elijah Mack
"Burney's Green Beans"
 
Kaffee Bitte

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mackeb wrote:
A great use of a a bread machine. I wouldn't use them to make bread inGrin
mackeb's wife


They do a nice job of mixing the dough though! That was the main thing I used mine for. Then just bake it in a pan in the oven.
Lynn

"Some days it's spice, other days it's bitter dirt."
 
PeteH

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bvwelch wrote:
Nice setup and great photos!

A question about the stirrer-- is there any harm in having a lot of bean-flinging action, other than the possibility of having beans jump out of the bread pan?

My homemade stirrer is huge and really slings the beans around. Kinda noisy, so maybe I'll build one like yours and see if it makes it easier to hear the 1st cracks.

Thanks,

Bill


Hi Bill,
I don't think there is a down side to having a big stirring paddle except if you were doing a big batch it might throw some out when the beans go to FC. The main reason I made a paddle for mine is that my BM came with a plastic one.

My 2nd BM has a rectangular container and isn't very deep, the factory made big paddle on it does throw some beans out.

I was really surprised when I first saw the picture of Chad's paddle made from wire when all along I had planned on making a big one from some angle iron or something. After making the one with the wire I doubt I would make another any differently.
 
PeteH

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John Despres wrote:
Great looking setup, Pete! Have you found a need for the internal heat element? And does it seem to help at all?

How difficult is it to lift and dump the beans with the thermocouple hanging off the side of the bucket?


So far I haven't used the internal heat element, I have read that some people use them also when roasting outside in cold weather. If the top was closed and insulated and the outside of the box around the element was insulated I can't see why it wouldn't roast just fine without a heat gun. I plan to try it sometime, just add it to my list.

The TC wire is about 4' long so it's not a problem to dump.
Edited by PeteH on 03/23/2008 7:30 PM
 
bvwelch

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John Despres wrote:

How difficult is it to lift and dump the beans with the thermocouple hanging off the side of the bucket?


For my setup, I borrowed an idea from the coffee-snobs "down under"...

I'm using one of those "flexible" K-type TCs - fiberglass sheathing I guess. I crimped a 6 inch piece of "hobby" brass tubing on to the end of the TC, such that the "junction" of the TC is just inside the end of the tubing.

I drilled a hole all the way thru from the outside of the bread machine, and into the loaf pan.

It is sturdy enough that if I forget to yank the probe out before dumping the beans, it just acts like a "latch", and I can't get the loaf pan out until I remove the probe. Crude, but easy enough to deal with.

bill
 
seedlings
Nice resonator. Gibson?

CHAD
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
PeteH

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seedlings wrote:
Nice resonator. Gibson?

CHAD


It's a Johnson, Chad. I don't think Gibson made one with the Palm Trees for the sound holes on the upper bout. Maybe I should make a door in the back to hide a pour through coffee funnel, a hand grinder and some beans.
Pete
 
seedlings
Well, I'm not going to comment about the palm trees on your Johnson. Someone might get the wrong idea.

I had some training for work in St. Louis a few years ago. The hotel was pretty much empty until Friday, when the cowboy hat, overall, plaid and rhinestone, polished boot wearing crowd started arriving in droves. Waiting in line to check out, one of the patrons turned around to ask my wife and I, "Y'all here fer tha steel geetar convention?"

We weren't.

CHAD
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
David

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hworx wrote:I can't figure out how to attach more than one picture per post so I guess you just start a thread and keep replying to it and adding a picture per reply? (help)


You got it right. One picture per post is the way the Forum software is set up. Thanks for posting all the pictures and for clear commentary as you went along.
 
PeteH

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seedlings wrote:
I had some training for work in St. Louis a few years ago. The hotel was pretty much empty until Friday, when the cowboy hat, overall, plaid and rhinestone, polished boot wearing crowd started arriving in droves. Waiting in line to check out, one of the patrons turned around to ask my wife and I, "Y'all here fer tha steel geetar convention?"

We weren't.

CHAD


I was!

Or probably was there. I have missed the past 2 or 3 years but used to go every year. You're talking about Scotty's Steel Guitar Convention aren't you?
Pete
 
seedlings
First, I must say I'm not a country western fan. And, in an attempt to be polite, since we just met, I didn't even use a distasteful smiley from the list below to help illustrate my views.

But, now that I have to think about it - this would've been late 1998. Gosh that's longer ago than I was thinking....I'm getting old. It was, I believe the Radison (at the time), a cylindrical hotel right between the old bush stadium and the arch. But it surely wasn't you that turned around, because that guy is likely now a patron of the local "retirement home," if he is still around. He was probably in his late 70s-early 80s.

I bet that convention is a hoot, though! At least for the people watchers!

B) CHAD B)

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
 
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