[Homeroast] Does this sound right?

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 12:16:43 CST 2010


Welcome to the list, I'm sure we're happy to help answer questions, whether
advanced or basic.

>From the information you provided, your roasting for espresso, right?
That'd be my guess since your going for a P4 roast.  Sounds like you did
pretty good for a beginning roast... did the beans look fairly evenly
roasted among the different origins or did it look like you got a pretty
mixed batch?  You can get blended starts of first and second cracks due to
the different origins responding differently.  12 oz is a good batch size to
try... I usually roast between 10 and 12, though most of my blends are done

How long have you rested the beans and how do they taste?  They should start
tasting good after three or more days, but there's no rule about trying them
earlier.  If you try pulling them as an espresso shot right away, you may
want to grind the beans and let them outgass for fifteen or so minutes on
the first or second day.

Also, it looks like the beans picked up quite a bit of momentum in first and
you got maybe a minute and a half between first and second... that's not too
bad, but you might try opening the door either during first crack or after
first to slow it down a bit.

If I were to guess, I'd say that this roast should taste pretty good.  Let
us know.


On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM, Greg Rothschild <greg at gregrothschild.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm new to roasting and new to the list as of a few days ago. Is it ok to
> ask very basic roasting questions? So far I've only seen posts on what I'd
> call advanced topics and I don't want to spoil your fun ;)  If this list is
> for more advanced discussions could someone please point me to a discussion
> group/list that is a better fit for me? Eventually I want to be an advanced
> roaster so my trip has only just begun.
> If it is ok to ask... here goes. Voltage is good (119-123) and temp in the
> house is 63F and the roaster is a Behmor. This is my first attempt at
> roasting a blend and I want to know if what I did looks ok. The blend was
> 3oz Guatemala Huehuetenango, 3oz Ethiopia DP Yirga Cheffe and 6oz Brazil DP
> Cerrado Fazenda Aurea. 12oz total with the one pound setting on the P4
> profile (P4 is a three step ramp to full heat with full heat coming in
> about
> 65% of the way thru the roast). First crack started at 16:20 and lasted
> about 1:30. I stopped the roast at 19:15, just as second crack started- I
> actually pressed the cool button a split second before second crack
> started.
> There were only a very few second cracks- it stopped almost immediately.
> Beans look pretty dark to me though but they do not look burnt- FC+
> possibly? I really don't know. So, think I did ok? By the way- do you
> generally let blends rest longer than single origins?
> Thanks very much for any help you can offer.
> Greg
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