[Homeroast] (Rescued) Cold Weather Roasting

richard kennedy geoteck at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 18 16:55:12 CST 2011


Thanks Ken!  Not only did you answer my question, you also touched on a number of other questions I had, but felt they were too basic to ask!  I'll let you know how it turns out...still waiting for the Behmor to arrive. 
 
Thanks again!  -rich-
 
> From: ken at whidbey.com
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:47:24 -0800
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] (Rescued) Cold Weather Roasting
> 
> I roast in an unheated (mostly) outbuilding. The problem is that the Behmor 
> will give a fault code, and not operate at lower temperatures. My remedies 
> are to either heat the Behmor with a heat-gun or hair-dryer, both inside the 
> oven and also through the cooling port on the end. This winter I bought a 
> salamander style heater (it looks like a jet engine and burns kerosene) so I 
> have the option of placing the Behmor in front of the heater output for a 
> minute or two, which will allow the unit to turn on.
> Once the Behmor will start, I pre-heat the roaster and greens by putting the 
> greens in the roasting drum and starting the roaster on a P1 setting. I let 
> the roaster go for 1:45 and press the off button. I then enter the profile 
> and time I desire and press the start button. I have had good results by 
> starting with 2C (no scale) of greens, a 1:45 pre-heat, followed by a 
> setting of 1Lb P4 and running the timer up to it's maximum time. First crack 
> frequently starts at about 15:00 to 16:00. I am always there listening and 
> watching the greens, with my usual preference being to start the cool cycle 
> shortly after the greens are entering the 2nd crack. My favorite green to 
> use with this profile is a Chiapas. If I could have only one coffee from now 
> on, this would probably be it for me.
> Best regards, Ken
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "richard kennedy" <geoteck at hotmail.com>
> To: <homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 8:24 AM
> Subject: (Rescued) [Homeroast] Cold Weather Roasting
> 
> 
> >
> > I have a question. At this point my Behmor is 'in the mail', but I was 
> > wondering about the effects on roasting in <40 degree ambient 
> > temperatures. I will be roasting in my unheated garage which, right now 
> > has ambient temperatures in the range of 30-40 degrees. I am concerned 
> > that the low ambient temperatures might have an adverse effect on my 
> > roasting.
> >
> > Does anyone have any experience with cold weather roasting with a Behmor? 
> > Please keep in mind that I have never roasted before...this will be my 
> > first roasting experience.
> >
> > Thanks! -rich-
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