Well, my second whirly pop went on me early in my roast. The first time the plastic gears got all gummed up after using for about a year. This time, the screw that holds the spindle in place was pushed out, stripping the plastic and preventing it from gripping the spindle and spinning it.
So I tossed my beans on a cookie sheet and baked them at 445 for 12 minutes and ended up with a medium-full city roast and minimal smoke. I guess it's about time I bought a roaster with a bit more durability, although I am seriously considering building one on my own until the Behmor is available.
Water, Grain, Hops, Yeast: combine, age, consume.
"You remind me of that scene from Zoolander....the one where the male models are dancing while spraying each other with gasoline..."
"If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it's that a male model's life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that we too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident. " ~Derek Zoolander