[Homeroast] Divots and second crack

Bob Hazen peatmonster at comcast.net
Sun Nov 28 13:40:27 CST 2010

My experience is similar to Brian's.  My first roaster was an I-Roast and 
divots were a common occurrence.  Then I moved to a Behmor and have yet to 
see divots.  I usually roast to FC, or FC+.  With the I-Roast, things moved 
quickly and I rarely had a gap between 1st and 2nd.  The Behmor is much more 
sedate and I can easily achieve that sought-after gap.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Kamnetz" <bkamnetz at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Homeroast] Divots and second crack

> John,
> I can't answer your question, but can offer my experience, which is a 
> start.
> I used to roast with a hot-air popcorn popper, which got to second
> crack in about 8 minutes. I always took the roast to second crack,
> because if I didn't, the interior of the beans would not be roasted
> and the coffee would be thin and bitter and awful. I very nearly
> always got divots with the hot-air popper.
> Now I roast with a heat gun. I seldom go to second crack, but I get to
> the end of first crack in 13-14 minutes, so there is not the great
> differential between interior and exterior bean temps. When I do go to
> second crack (always by accident), I never get divots.
> Brian
> On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM, John Monteleone
> <johnmonteleone at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I thought the divots were a sign of second crack. Is it more of an issue 
>> of
>> getting there too quickly and at too high a temperature. Can you get to
>> second crack and not have divots?

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