Manual Logging of a Roast

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mike_h
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Postby mike_h » Feb 11, 2014, 10:46 pm

I've just replaced my Behmor 1600 with a Hottop KN-8828B-2K and I'm looking for something that will help me keep track of my roast parameters (time, display temp, fan speed, temperature setting). When I was using the Behmor, I used RoastMaster for the iPad, and it was great, but it doesn't seem to really help much with the Hottop. Does anyone know of any good software (or even just a good logging spreadsheet) that I could use to manually enter data without having to hook up thermocouples and a data interface?

Thanks!
Mike

ira
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Postby ira » Feb 11, 2014, 11:17 pm

I'm quite biased because I designed it, but if you have a Windows computer, the manual temperature logging I built into RoasterThing makes logging temperature by hand about as easy as it can be.

Ira

jonny
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Postby jonny » Feb 12, 2014, 12:45 am

I recently bought my first roaster with thermometry and have yet to get a data logger. I've been plotting by hand with paper and pencil and it seems to work fine. I use a straight edge to extrapolate the curve kind of like how artisan does. You could set up an excel spreadsheet with a basic x-y table and plot. Put time increments in the x column and leave the y column blank for your temperature. Then setup an equation for a third column to calculate average rate of rise ((current temperature entry - last temperature entry) / (time increment)). I may actually try this... sounds easier than pencil and paper now that I think about it...

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hankua
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Postby hankua » Feb 12, 2014, 1:51 am

If your looking for paper roasting logs, I've got some you can copy.
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FotonDrv
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Postby FotonDrv » Feb 12, 2014, 9:43 am

jonny wrote:I recently bought my first roaster with thermometry and have yet to get a data logger. I've been plotting by hand with paper and pencil and it seems to work fine. I use a straight edge to extrapolate the curve kind of like how artisan does. You could set up an excel spreadsheet with a basic x-y table and plot. Put time increments in the x column and leave the y column blank for your temperature. Then setup an equation for a third column to calculate average rate of rise ((current temperature entry - last temperature entry) / (time increment)). I may actually try this... sounds easier than pencil and paper now that I think about it...


Yep, pencil and paper rarely "Crash", and you will learn the starting points for the various beans you are using. Paper and pencil are less expensive and take up less space than a laptop.
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SAS
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Postby SAS » Feb 12, 2014, 11:21 am

Here are the forms I wrote and have been using with my Quest. One is the record form, the other graphs your data. These are Excel spreadsheets. The Roast Log prints out Roast #1 and #2 on one side, the other two on the backside. There is a bit of room for Roast Notes and Cupping Notes.
I record Fan Speed: L, M, H or H/L. Chaff Door: Open, or Closed.

Download from Google via the links below.

1. Roast Log: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ThMsZDkkO0U2ROTjE3TEp6bEk/edit?usp=sharing

2. Graphs Data: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ThMsZDkkO0SG9zaEtEY0djbG8/edit?usp=sharing

Feel free to modify them to meet your needs.

Example of filled in Graph Sheet:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ThMsZDkkO0ZW5rSmVfdkR6N2s/edit?usp=sharing
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mike_h
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Postby mike_h » Feb 12, 2014, 9:20 pm

Thanks for the feedback! I'll run through a few roasts and try some of these ideas.

Thanks!
Mike

 
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