[Homeroast] Behmor 1600 and small beans

Dave dbcraw at gmail.com
Wed May 12 08:06:28 CDT 2010

I use a Behmor, the newer drum has helped, but sometimes the beans are still
too small.
When I have small beans, I start with a 5 minute cooling cycle.That lets
most of the smallest fall through before I roast. A few still fall through
or get stuck and burn. But I can live with it...

Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps

On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 3:50 AM, Steven Van Dyke <coffee at svandyke.com>wrote:

> 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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