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About alanmason

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    Coffee (roasting), Watches, MTB, Yoga,
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  1. I use the hive and coffee compass, I usually ring them to discuss which greens to buy. The mystery coffee is 2kg but all the other green coffee comes in 1kg bags
  2. Yes I use one, I love it. I have the datadome version connected to Artisan (free) on my PC so I can see the temperature profile and copy old profiles. The ideal batch size is 150g so roasting for family and friends is my limit. There is a learning curve as there is for most things but its not too steep and you will be producing delicious coffee in no time. Although it looks similar to a skillet it is much more advanced and is actually designed to roast coffee with very little smoke, it does produce some at the end of the roast but not as much as a skillet, I use mine in my cellar on a camping
  3. Have a look at the Hive roaster, this is basically a pan but it can be great to learn to roast on. You can get a temperature probe to connect it to your PC and use the Artisan software (free) and use roast profiles. It gives a very even roast and a batch size of 150g works well. It is a manual process so you will need to shake it constantly, and provide your own heat source. Check out hiveroaster on Instagram, Matthew who makes it is very proactive, loss of videos and practical and help.
  4. I don't think that the loss of mass is a problem, if the beans taste good after a few days of degassing then everything is ok. Perhaps the beans have a high moisture content to start with. You could try some different beans and see how they compare or roast another batch a bit lighter and compare these results too. At the end of the day a good tasting coffee is the result that matters, if you have that then it doesn't really matter how you got there.
  5. I roast 150g batches, any deviation and you have to rethink your heat input and expected timings. I try to hold the roaster loosely in both hands and keep my elbows still and tucked into my body, this reduces fatigue and the chance of tennis elbow. I can easily do 3 roasts back to back like this.
  6. Hi, I recommend that you follow Mathew from Hive on Instagram and watch his videos. If you have any questions ask him, he is super helpful and patient.
  7. I haven't bought a Bemour yet I'm just trying to find out some information before deciding which roaster to buy. I'm UK based. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks Joules1 Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  9. I'm doing my due diligence on the Behmor 2020 SR Plus before taking the plunge and would like to know if you can change the temperature readout from Deg F to Deg C? Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  10. Hi, I'm discovering new aspects of coffee that I never knew existed, and my goal is to get delicious coffee at home for a reasonable price. I'm brewing better coffee than ever in a Aeropress, buying fresh beans from local roasters, grinding them myself immediately before brewing. I have dipped a toe into the water of roasting, started with a skillet and a firepit, then a popcorn maker, after that a small drum roaster from eBay that you have to provide a heat source for yourself. I got a nice selection of green coffee to experiment with. I'm now thinking of getting a better home roaster that ca
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