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Messages - Danny Hall

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Support / Re: Govee Bluetooth Thermometer
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:12:28 PM »
Hi DonK

Sorry - no. The only supports hardware is listed here... https://rainfroginc.com/documentation-library/data-logging

The ThermaQ Blue is a great choice for K type thermocouples. It's easy to use and built like a tank.

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Support / Re: Setting up Roastmaster app on Ipad
« on: February 21, 2019, 03:12:13 PM »
"Trouble setting up" as in the ThermaQ probes won't link?

If so, Bluetooth LE peripherals will only accept incoming connections from one “central” device at a time. How the device defines a “connection” is up to the hardware/software of that device, i.e. how long before that connection times out. So, if you downloaded the ThermaQ app (even on another device or platform), and then tried to connect with Roastmaster, the ThermaQ app is probably holding onto the Bluetooth connection, even if the app is in the background.

Try terminating the ThermaQ app wherever it is in use - Android or iOS. Also, verify you've chosen a port in Roastamster's Probe Details screen.

Let me know how it goes.

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Support / Re: Probe Calibration
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:31:37 PM »
Thanks - glad you're enjoying it! Any questions, just let me know.

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Support / Re: Probe Calibration
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:20:24 PM »
Hi Eric

For linear calibration, in the probe definition screen of the probe in question, enter a number in the "Calibration > Offset" field. This will adjust the probe reading up or down.

Danny

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Wish List / Re: Photos plus espresso shot details
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:40:16 PM »
Hi

Photos:
For color:
Yes, that seemed valuable to me at first too. And, I gave a lot of thought to this in the past, but after watching each iOS device upgrade, quickly realized that every hardware and software update brought significant changes to white balance, contrast, hue and every other photographic aspect that governs the “perception” of color. I am a fan of color matching - it has its place in roasting. Some aren’t, but I am. If you’re interested in color, I’d advise recording Agtron numbers. This is heavily integrated into Roastmaster’s reporting system, where you can get a bigger picture of what roast color (degree) might do to the taste of your coffee. SCA tiles are expensive, but there are internet hacks out there. The Kenneth Davids book Home Coffee Roasting has 4 of the 8 Agtron tiles on the inside back cover, and there are internet hacks with paint swatches out there.

For aspects beyond color:
 There’s a case there. Still haven’t throughly dismissed it.

Grind field:
Useless...no. Perhaps, purposed differently. That field, by design, is meant to be quantifiable, which cannot be achieved with an alphanumeric value. Its decimal nature is tightly integrated into Roastmaster’s reporting engine, to allow users to report on a range of cuppings at various grind settings, and see what the absolute numerical grind value does to the taste. Remember, that field houses a decimal number. You could divide the fine setting up into segments, and use that as the decimal portion. For example, say you grind on coarse setting 22, and on fine setting C. If the fine range is from A to J, assuming a is 0, then C would correspond to .20. So, the numerical equivalent would be 22.2.


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Support / Re: ThermaQ probe for popcorn maker?
« on: January 10, 2019, 04:24:54 PM »
Sounds cool!

Before getting my 1 Kilo drum roaster, I had a Quest. The Quest was pretty easy to mod for thermocouples. I think later models even shipped with mounts and dedicated holes.

On my current roaster, I didn't relish drilling through cast iron, so I sacrificed a screw mount (that was drilled all the way through the faceplate), and the TC hits the bean mass perfectly. (See attachment).

Sorry, I don't have any experience on newer sample roasters, just wanted you to be aware of this trick, in case it helps with the model you choose.

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Support / Re: ThermaQ probe for popcorn maker?
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:33:15 PM »
Hi Dave...welcome!

The only popcorn maker I've ever roasted on is a Whirley Pop, back in the day, so I can't speak from experience. But, I equipped that with a probe, and the basics are the same, whether its a popcorn maker or a large shop roaster. You want to get the probe in the center of the bean mass as much as possible. For a fluid style of roasting (assuming you're using the air popper version) that's more of a judgment call, and you'll end up measuring air temps as well, but with proper placement it will allow you accomplish the same results - repeatability.

The ThermaQ Blue accepts ANY style of K type thermocouple, and thermocouples CAN be bent AS LONG as you bend on a radius, i.e. no sharp corners. Think "U" shaped, not "L" shaped. Also stay away from the tip (where the junction is) at least 1/2". That being said, I'd take some measurements of the machine...maybe use pipe cleaners if you plan on bending it to help you get it right, and choose an 1/8" K type probe that hits your measurement plus some to go through the casing. You can get a wide array of sizes on Amazon...ranging from an inch or two through longer lengths.

Good luck!!

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Support / Re: Syncing Data
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:46:56 PM »
Hi

Roastmaster's data structure is a bit too complex for the usual iCloud sync. In lieu of that, I've provided a few different ways to quickly transfer data to and from other devices. The easiest is to open the drum door on the home screen and choose "Export Current Database". If your other device is awake and nearby, you should see it appear in the "Airdrop" section. Tap it to send it to that device, and choose "Overwrite" on the receiving device.

Hope this helps.

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Wish List / Re: Aillio Bullet R1 future support
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:02:34 PM »
Hi Tim

Thanks for the links. I reached out to them this morning via email. I'll let you know what I hear back.

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Support / Re: Behmor 1600: Where to place thermocouple(s)
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
But, it does provide you the satisfaction of achieving a goal.

That has been the sole outcome of some of my machine modding and tweaking ventures. :) Still worth it in the end, I think!

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Wish List / Re: Aillio Bullet R1 future support
« on: July 19, 2018, 02:09:22 PM »
Hi Tim

I was certain I had tried to contact them in the past, but can't find any record of it.

Now that Roastmaster has its own internal Bluetooth protocol and engine, adding support for data logging should be a trivial matter if it supports Bluetooth LE, and the manufacturer is willing to allow it.

You don't by chance have an email contact for them do you. If not, I'll find one and reach out to them.

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Support / Re: Adjusting horizontal scale on roast timeline.
« on: July 06, 2018, 05:55:14 PM »
In the main roast console this is accomplished with the two circlular buttons next to the graph: <> to increase and >< to decrease. In the analyzer, they are similar, but consist of triangles without the circle.

The console adjusts in 5 minutes increments, and the analyzer adjusts in 1 minute increments.

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Wish List / Re: BlueDOT
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:10:33 PM »
I will be evaluating this soon for possible inclusion in a future release of Roastmaster based on the manufacturer spec's. They appear to be better than standard thermistor probes, at first glance, but I'm getting more information from the manufacturer.

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Wish List / Re: ROR Curve
« on: June 30, 2018, 01:21:04 AM »
I'm sorry, I'm not going to be much help there. I've never roasted on an Artisan before. But, I can tell you that the configuration of Bean Temp, Environmental Temp, and Max Environment Temp are very common configurations in the coffee world. Lots of folks like to track all three - they can tell you different things about the state of the roast, thermal charge of the roaster, etc. If you don't mount it right away, I'd hang onto it - you might find a need in the future.

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Wish List / Re: ROR Curve
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:11:59 PM »
Yep. Delta curves are always graphed in the same color as the main part of the curve. Whether or not the Delta representation is shown is controlled in Preferences, as I outline earlier. Yours is set to on...you can see the delta curve on the screenshot you posted. I've annotated it with labels (attached).

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