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  1. Many thanks Hasi, good points well made.
  2. Hello I've been roasting on the Dalian for almost a year, I started to roast manually so as to understand the process of both heat, airflow and the consequences, now I'm getting some great results. However the inevitable is upon me and its now time to hook up some software, I have the k type thermocouple that comes with the roaster, what do I need to hook up to a laptop. I guess I'll use the artisan software? Many thanks
  3. Hello Just a quick one, could I have your recommendations for K type thermometers, so many on the market, I just need one that is accurate and reacts quick enough to keep up with temperature rises. if you are using one that works well, please advise, Many thanks M
  4. Hello all, I've been roasting on the Dalian Amazon for 6 months now, really enjoying it, learning a lot and making some great roasts, but.... DECAFF, please will someone help me out with charge temperatures, ror, roast time and time to drop after fc, I've tried a few different profiles but am still getting sour notes coming through when tasted, indication under development but I cant seem to find the right balance of time and temp, any advice much appreciated. I've been told start with a high charge temp and a low charge temperature and go easy on the roast time (low and slow), I have done this but to no avail. Any amazon users with a profile I could replicate, to experiment with would be great, if at least get my roasting confidence back again. Many thanks M
  5. Hi Dave Yes, I don't have the quick start guide. I'll also contact BB I just roasted a full kg and 1c was nearer 185-190. As you mentioned I don't think the bean mass was getting to the thermocouple. Many thanks for help so far, I'm slowly ironing out the problems. M
  6. Hi Dave I bought the monitor as recommended, I also use the SCAE profile log to trace my roasting results. I just roasted a 500g batch - dropped at 190 turning point at 140 ROR initially 10 degrees per minute but slowed 1c at 5 minutes at 166 ended roast at 6.30 (20% ish of roast time) The roasters draws 2555w when roasting 1st crack temp has been between 160 -170. ROR starts at 10 degrees C per minute to start and reduces, I understand how to control that with airflow Warming up for 25 minutes until desired drop temperature is reached Control settings - both vents closed. Do I need chaff vent on whilst warming up machine? Where are you based, a roasting session and chat would be great. M
  7. I've had the roaster for a week now, did a huge roast session on Saturday, controlling ROR is ok, but 1c is coming much earlier than anticipated. Using various beans and experimenting with airflow 1st crack is still happening at 165-170ish and the coffees tasting a little under developed. I'm heating the drum up to 160-170 dropping the beans, temp drops to 125-130 ish and 1c starts at 165-170 I was expecting this to happen at about 185-190, I've opened airflow up 12.5-25% but this just extends roast time and not temperature of 1C. Any suggestions please?
  8. Hello I've just brought the Dalian Amazon Roaster from BB, its a great roaster, so far so good, I'm really enjoying learning more about roasting. Just one quick question at the moment, when is it 'safe' to switch the roaster off so as not to over heat the drum? Many thanks inadvance M
  9. Many thanks for that, I've got the guide, Its very useful, good work. Its just this one area I'm not getting........so when the temperature reaches 192/193C for example, does the heat source (filament) switch off to regulate the drum to that temperature? I assumed you would do that by switching the heat down or off. If I want to slow the roast down/stretch it out, as far as I understood, I can alter the temperature throughout the roast using the left hand panel, is this right? I'm planning on using artisan. I'm so close to buying one, just need these grey areas cleared up. Thanks in advance for your help, M
  10. Many thanks for that, I've got the guide, Its very useful, good work. Its just this one area I'm not getting........so when the temperature reaches 192/193C for example, does the heat source (filament) switch off to regulate the drum to that temperature? I assumed you would do that by switching the heat down or off. If I want to slow the roast down/stretch it out, as far as I understood, I can alter the temperature throughout the roast using the left hand panel, is this right? I'm planning on using artisan. I'm so close to buying one, just need these grey areas cleared up. Thanks in advance for your help, M
  11. Hello I've just been to BB and checked the Dalian Amazon roaster, it seems great, just what i need. Theres one area I don't understand, why is the PID set at 195 on the roasting temp controller, I get why the Air temp has a maximum to charge up to but not why the roasting temp is pre-set in the chamber. Also what hardware do i need to connect to the K type thermocouple? Many thanks M
  12. La Spaziale do an S5 gas, but the guys at Limini don't seem to like it much, they recommended I go with their S5 13amp compact, they said i could use it off a battery! however, that still pulls 3000w which would require a bank of batteries. I'm looking at Conti next week, they have gas options, or i could go down the generator route, unless i can find a lever with a short lever!
  13. Yes, thats one of the options, but I keep hearing that there is problem with the temperature and pressure stability. Is this something you've come across?
  14. Hello I'm setting up a mobile coffee bar using my 1976 VW Campervan. I have used a GB5 in the past, obviously i won't be able to get anything that runs in a similar way to this, but i am struggling to find a good espresso machine. I'm having to go down the dual fuel route, as apart from a generator I'm not entirely sure how I could power it. I would go lever but I only have 700mm in height to play with (the Astoria Lever is 800mm) Does anyone know of a lever machine that is under 700mm in height? or any other useful suggestions please! Thank you
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