[Homeroast] Does this sound right?

Jim Gundlach pecanjim at bellsouth.net
Tue Mar 9 18:24:00 CST 2010

Basic questions are quite welcome, we all have been there.  My basic  
suggestion is to start with single beans rather than blends.  You can  
learn a lot from the very good beans we get here.  I find blending  
rather difficult and often feel I am losing something by mixing the  
good beans.

       pecan jim

On Mar 8, 2010, at 2:52 PM, Greg Rothschild 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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