Could you please list the questions you think are basic? Because if you’ve been through “Fruit for Thought” thread and read Rob Hoos’s book and Scott Rao’s book(s) on roasting or William Boot’s articles or watched Mill City videos where they literally teach the basics of roasting, than anything that applies to roasting on a hot air machine or specifically the Ikawa, I would not quantify as “basic*” and could lead to an interesting discussion.
On the whole I fully understand the trepidation that comes from posting a question or thought or even an informational link that we ourselves do not think is “worthy”. Im sure you can understand that posting a profile is nerve wrecking, Personally I hope when I post a profile that I made, that it doesn’t waste someone’s beans and works out well for them, not to mention all the time and beans (and money) and effort I went through to make that profile and eek out enough confidence to post it. After all they say; “sharing is caring”. Maybe someone should make up a saying about complaining.
But post your questions. Do it anyways, regardless of me, the real person you are fighting against is probably yourself.
Let me tell you though, from someone who has covered all the information on coffee roasting, and I do mean that literally. There is not enough info out there, from different origins to types of beans, altitudes, to the different fluctuations of your own environment and all the many, maNY, MANY variables, there are so many unknowns on how to actually roast coffee, most roasters have been in the Dark Ages (pun intended) up until very very recently. And the amount of money it takes to do real research is epic. I am not the one who sent you down this path, and don’t blame me for not leading you back to the light. But this forum has been here for three years, what help have you personally been, where is the “community” you talk about, it’s just been me and and a handful of people, so please, spare me.
*Basic in the sense that this information is foundational to understanding (not only) how to roast generally but how to apply that knowledge in order to make alterations to a profile.