[Homeroast] Behmor 1600 and small beans

Steven Van Dyke coffee at svandyke.com
Wed May 12 05:50:39 CDT 2010

Ditto on being glad to still have you here with us Jim!

Depending on your batch size the GeneCafe is another roaster that has 
no problem with bean sizes.

And for these situations where you can't do as many things at a time 
as you'd like, well... I say get the absolute *most* out of the 
thing(s) you are doing.

P.S.: Not being a Behmor owner I don't know - can you make a liner 
out of window screen (assuming you can find some screen that can take 
the temps and won't outgas anything toxic the first few times).

At 11:00 PM 5/11/2010, you wrote:
>I have been ordering beans by numeric rating lately, the procedure I
>use is to look for a total SweetMaria's rating score of 90 or more and
>only accept those that have a somewhat lower score on brightness than
>on most of the other rated dimensions.  However, this has resulted in
>my getting more than half my beans too small to roast in the Behmor
>because many of them fall through and get stuck in the holes in the
>mesh drum during the roasting process.  Now I have the later and
>smaller mesh drum so getting the newer drum won't help.   But, this
>bean selection method has me resorting to my older roasting methods,
>mostly hand stirring while roasting in a wok over a gas fire.  Now, my
>health has improved to the point that roasting in the wok  is not
>really a problem but I do kind of miss the handiness of having the TV
>and computer displayed on a large screen in front of me and the Behmor
>on the desk to my left at about the same distance and running at the
>same time.  The small beans take me from doing three things at the
>same time to doing only one.  This kind of goes against my efforts to
>make the most of my remaining life which is a response to surviving a
>disease that has a 94% mortality rate.  And, I do wonder why this
>method of selecting beans leads to getting so many small ones.
>             pecan jim

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