[Homeroast] Behmor 1600 and small beans

Jim Gundlach pecanjim at bellsouth.net
Wed May 12 22:35:16 CDT 2010


One more bean screened before going to bed.  Four pounds of Ethopia  
Organic Yirga Cheffa, Koke Coop, only added 0.51 ounces to the small  
beans to be roasted by hand bag.
       pecan jim
On May 12, 2010, at 10:20 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:

> I had a little over three pounds of the Ethiopia FTO DP Sidamo Shoye  
> Union beans and ran them through the screening process described  
> below and got 170 grams,  0.375 pounds, of little beans out of the  
> process.  Well on the way to having enough little beans to do the  
> little bean roast.
>       pecan jim
>
> On May 12, 2010, at 9:55 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
>
>> Dave,
>>   Thanks for the idea!  Here is what I am doing with it.  I take  
>> the small beans and run them for a few minutes after putting them  
>> in the older round wire mesh roasting container which has slightly  
>> larger holes in the mesh than the new cylinder.  I then put them in  
>> for a few minutes on cooling cycle.  I will then roast the beans  
>> that did not fall out of the cylinder in the newer cylinder, they  
>> should work quite well.  I will collect the extra small beans and  
>> when I have enough I will do a wok roast of the mixture of supper  
>> small beans.  Money is a little tight right now because we are  
>> trying to get a new metal roof, of about 4,600 square feet, put on  
>> our old house and all the extra money is going to that project for  
>> a while.  Once the new metal roof is in place I will start looking  
>> at the suggestions for roasters that have no problem with the  
>> smaller beans.
>>    Thanks for the help.
>>         pecan jim
>>
>> On May 12, 2010, at 8:06 AM, Dave wrote:
>>
>>> 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...
>>> Dave
>>>
>>> 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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