[Homeroast] Behmor Roasts (thus far)

Dan Kellgren dkellgren at gmail.com
Sat Aug 28 17:01:06 CDT 2010

Excellent.  I really appreciate the "guide" Greg.  I have WAY to much
roasted coffee right now.  I'm looking for excuses to give it away to I can
keep trying more roasts.  Love it!

On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM, Greg Hollrigel <ghollrigel at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Dan:
> I think you'll get better with time, even without temp. monitoring.  I do
> everything by sound, smell, and sight (in that order), and I impress myself
> with my roasts about 90% of the time.  Occasionally I get the stinker batch,
> but it's still drinkable to me.  It is possible to get bright roasts (I had
> a Sidamo that was my best ever using P2), but I have had difficulty
> repeating those results.
> At the risk of exposing my coffee OCD, I've attached a DOC file with a
> bunch of notes I obtained from the internet (message boards, this email
> list, etc. on tips for using the Behmor roaster).  I haven't consolidated it
> or cleaned it up the way I like, but it might save you some time if you're
> one to research things on the internet.  Feel free to use it, and hopefully
> others will find it useful.  It even has some message strings at the end.
> But note, that a lot of the notes talk about adjusting the time before
> pressing Start.  This has been demonstrated to be ineffective in adjusting
> the initial phases of the roasts.  So I would disregard those.
> As another roaster says (said) ... Roast ON!
> Greg
> On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 7:58 PM, Dan Kellgren <dkellgren at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just completed my 3rd roast in the Behmor.  My results thus far are:
>>   - Honduras Organic Marcala - [P2, A, 1/4] - 4 ounces - Had to add all 2
>>   minutes. Barely made it through first crack.  Results were a very
>> lightly
>>   roasted coffee that I would score 5/10.
>>   - Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza - [P3, C, 1/2] - 4 ounces - Was able to take
>>   it just into second crack!  Unfortunately, the final result was a very
>> flat
>>   and bland roast that had little character that I scored a low 4/10.
>>   - Panama Finca La Camiseta - [P3, C, 1] - 8 ounces - Upped the volume to
>>   a 1/2 pound, but set the roaster to 1 pound.  It's almost 11PM and I'm
>>   drinking a full cup because I JUST roasted, so this roast has had ZERO
>>   rest.  But so far, a huge improvement.  8/10.  Interested in how this
>> will
>>   be over the next 2-3 days.
>> Question for the Behmor roasters.  On all three roasts, I've had between
>> 6-10 beans down in or under the chafe collector after the roast.  Some are
>> totally charred, some are still pretty green.  Is this normal?  Sure
>> doesn't
>> seem like it should be.
>> So far, I really like this roaster.  I'm just having a hard time not
>> knowing
>> my roasting temperature (former manual Whirley-Pop roaster with Fluke
>> digital temperature).  I'm also wondering if my Whirley-Pop roasts will
>> just
>> always be brighter than the drum-roasted Behmor?  If so, I will miss my
>> bright Kenya AA...
>> Dan
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