I looked at two of your profiles, one running hot and one standard. They were different beans and you didn’t mark end of first crack, but my guess is that your running hot is producing a more aggressive first crack where more beans are cracking at once, amplifying the sound. I find that I can hear first and second crack better if I wear Bose noise cancelling headphones. They tend to block white noise, but let small pops and cracks through, so they cracks are more audible over the consistent sound of the drum and fans (I have a second fan pointed at the PCB).
Brilliant! I’ve been struggling to hear FC and just figured my hearing loss was the reason - it probably is but I have Bose noise cancelling headphones and I am definitely going to give those a try before looking at stethoscopes or other “focussed amplification” systems. Thank you.
From my experience different beans behave differently in terms of FC and SC even when I use the “same” roast plan for the two different beans. Some beans crack louder than others for sure - without any “hearing aid devices” on my part.
I tried the Noise Cancelling headphones and they didn’t help. I know some beans are louder/quieter than others but I’ve done three different beans and I struggled to hear anything. I picked up a stethoscope and will be giving that a try this afternoon.
I’m stuck at your statement about long development time resulting in sweet smooth flavor. Is that a generally accepted principle? I tend to to roast with long dev times and I also do prefer sweet smooth flavor. So maybe that’s why I haven’t enjoyed other roasting strategies I’ve seen here!
I’ve seen some real gentle curves here and there, and hitting FC really gently can sometimes make for some quiet roasts. Takes some pressure to get these things to pop. It is debated how much that influences the flavor on its own, or what is just the by product of heat and time. Hitting FC with enough power to hear it seems to open up the beans to let the water out and help in the completion of chemical reactions in flavors, so i’d assume proper expansion to be important in flavor.
Maybe thats my problem because my next step is hearing aids! The stethoscope didn’t help at all. I am suffering from age related hearing loss (also liked power tools and things that go bang when younger:) )so I need hearing aids anyway. I am concerned that if I have hearing loss in the range that the cracking resides it might not help me with the roasting. I think you might be right about entering FC gently - I can hear the odd crack (gives me hope hearing wise) but then it just becomes muddled. I’ve been doing light roasts because I enjoy the results and I’m a fan of Ethiopian coffees which excel at light roasts (in my opinion) and I’ve been using the suggested recipe from the manual. I think I’ll try getting to FC under a little more power and see what that does. I used to roast on a Hottop which has zero insulation around the drum and both FC and SC (if ever I went there) were clearly audible.
I can hear that - I’m going to try a bit more power/fan longer/later in the roast. I know I need hearing aids, either that or everyone has started mumbling a lot!! Thanks of your help, much appreciated.