Roastmaster, by default, allows you to create any number of Curves in a roast. Curves can store any type of numeric variable that changes throughout the roast, and are displayed as line graphs the Roastmaster’s roasting graphs. These curves can be either Control curves for storing machine settings, like heat, gas or airflow, or Reading curves–to store the temperature readings you observe throughout the roast.
Without the Data Logging option and appropriate hardware, you will need to manually enter values throughout the roast by selecting the appropriate curve in the graph of the main roasting console (or analyzer), then tapping the digital readout near the roasting gauge, and entering the value. It will then be recorded in the curve, at the appropriate time in the roast.
The Data Logging option removes most of the manual data entry from your roasting workflow for Reading curves (Control curves are not applicable, and cannot be used with the Data Logging option). With the appropriate hardware, the Data Logging option allows you to create logical Probes in Roastmaster that link to physical thermocouples inserted in your roaster. Once these probes are defined, you can link them to your Reading curves in a new roast. Once linked to a Probe, a Reading Curve becomes bound to the physical thermocouple that the Probe controls.
Once a Reading curve is bound to a Probe, the roasting console will report the probe’s exact temperature in real time, and automatically record temperatures at user-definable intervals in the Reading Curve throughout the duration of the roast.
In order to use data logging, you will need the following:
- A roaster that can be safely modified to accept a thermocouple
- One of the supported probe hardware configurations (see Getting Started With Data Logging)
- The Roastmaster Data Logging option
The Data Logging option unlocks all Data Logging features in Roastmaster, and allows you to define probes to use with curves during your roasts.
Once you’ve defined your probes, you need only to create one or more reading curves in a new roast (1 for each probe you want to use). In the curve details screen, choose the probe you want to use for that curve. Once you’ve chosen a probe, Roastmaster will link to that probe and begin reporting temperatures in the Roast Console and Full Screen Graph. When you start the roast, Roastmaster will begin sampling temperatures at definable intervals throughout the roast, creating nodes in the curve automatically as the roast progresses.