[Homeroast] Behmor roasting

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 12:58:33 CST 2010

Welcome, Peter,

What helped get me started with the Behmor (besides reading everything I
could on the forums) was downloading the BehmorThing program from
www.BehmorThing.com to help plan my roasts.  It logs inventory and even
reminds you when maintenance is required, quite the nice program.

I keep this general guideline from Joe Behm on his profile preferences
handy, and deviate when I feel necessary or on a whim, but it's a good
starting point...

P1-2.. all centrals, Peruvian and Colombians
P3... Brazilians, Africans, SE Asians, Malabar, Jamaican Blue Mtn and Yauco
P4.. Kona and other low grown island coffees

My typical batch is 10 - 13.3 ounces (divisible into a 5 pound batch of
greens) run on 1 pound profiles.  I've been sticking with P3 or P4 profiles
for espresso and still do a lot of P2 profiles to try and stretch the time
between first and second crack.  Once you've done a P1 profile of a
particular bean at a particular load size, you can use BehmorThing to
program a P2 roast so that the second leg of the roast profile (the power
drop) happens near where you expect first crack.

Good luck, and enjoy your roaster.


On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM, Peter Louton <peter at midwestbicycleworks.com
> wrote:

> Hi Everybody,
> I just joined this list and wish I would have known about it sooner, but
> next year, definitely.
> I had been home roasting in my convection oven for the past 18 months and
> doing it seat of the pants as they say, really only burnt 2 roasts and under
> roasted maybe 5 or so batches.  The smoke did get overwhelming at times in
> the Winter, since it can get chilly here in Fort Wayne, IN.  Anyways, I did
> just get a Behmor and was wondering what's a good way to just start playing.
>  I can do larger batches at a time, since I will often go through 3 pounds
> of green beans a week.  I guess what I'm asking, is that should I use each
> of the Profiles 1-5 and not really make any changes for awhile or should I
> do it more seat of the pants?  I will be starting an excel file of beans and
> blends and what I do, but am looking for guidance with using the behmor.
> Thanks in advance,
> Peter

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