BrianSicilia wrote:I am looking into buying a Hottop. I have owned a Huky 500 for about a year. Unfortunately the gas roaster setup simply isn't viable in my apartment so I am essentially looking to "downgrade" to an electric roaster, but would like to keep as much capability as possible.
I really like to observe and record roast profiles on Artisan. It seems to me from research that this is only possible with the Hottop 2K+ model, but $1,600 seems like a steep price especially when the 2K is only $1,100. I don't really care about controlling the roast with my computer, just monitoring and logging. Has anyone done that successfully with the basic 2K model?
You can add thermocouples to any electric roaster (even a corn popper) for that purpose.
A quick check at Prima shows 2k comes with one k-type thermocouple
I assume you need something to read the temps of the thermocouple like a Phidget, tc4, or whatnot. Prima could probably tell you or maybe someone here.
I think 2 thermocouples makes more sense to monitor BT and ET.
I have a Quest with 2 thermocouples and a TC4. I bought my Quest direct from the manufacturer in Taiwan and saved quite a bit of money which I spent on my thermocouple setup. I have roasted for 4.5 years in a condo or apt by an open door. Recently I did
10 back to back batches with no problem.
I'm not pushing the Quest... lots of options now. But bear in mind thermocouples are something you can add.