[Homeroast] Behmor - Different Roasting times

Rich rich-mail at octoxol.com
Tue May 24 16:26:46 CDT 2011


There is info on the Behmor site on what the temperature rise should be 
for a known quantity of water.  Look under cold roaster info.

On 05/24/2011 03:01 PM, Brian Salwasser wrote:
> I purchased my Behmor 3 years ago February, and it was used from SM's.  I
> have LOVED it.  However, I also have noticed the roast times slowing down
> significantly.  With 8 oz at the 1 lb. setting it goes almost to the end of
> the cycle before it touches 2nd crack.  It is rare I ever want to take a
> roast to 2nd, but it used to jump into 2nd from 1st with 8 oz in about 12
> minutes.  I have kept a log of each roast cycle, and each time I've cleaned
> in and run an empty cycle (every fifth roast).  I even took it apart and
> cleaned the fan about a month ago with little improvement.
>
> Anyone have any suggestions?  I have been contemplating purchasing another
> one.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Brian
>
> On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Rich<rich-mail at octoxol.com>  wrote:
>
>> It is my experience that each load of beans, even from the same bag, will
>> roast to a given level in various times even when the heat input, air flow,
>> and initial bean temperature is held constant. This appears to be noting
>> more than each bean in that bag is not like the others. They are like
>> snowflakes.  The larger tha bach the smaller the time variation batch to
>> batch.
>>
>>
>> On 05/24/2011 10:22 AM, Barry Luterman wrote:
>>
>>> Same seems to go for the Quest. At least for me.
>>>
>>> On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM, Rich<rich-mail at octoxol.com>   wrote:
>>>
>>>   I have been using the Behmor since it first came out and have kept notes.
>>>> The variation to EOR time is small but would be significant if applied
>>>> blindly to a given bean, Manual control works just fine.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On 05/24/2011 07:06 AM, David Rossell wrote:
>>>>
>>>>   I really, really like my Behmor, but it is not the most consistent of
>>>>> machines.  For a few years I kept careful logs of roast times, crack
>>>>> times,
>>>>> etc., but finally stopped this past winter.  The previously logged roast
>>>>> numbers were proving to be only the barest guidelines.  So now I just
>>>>> Zen
>>>>> out with the roasting process.  I go a little by eye, but mostly by
>>>>> smell
>>>>> and by sound and intuition.  If I'm sometimes sad I can't recapture a
>>>>> particularly brilliant roast, I have more fun with the roasting than
>>>>> when I
>>>>> was worried about record-keeping.  (shrug)
>>>>>
>>>>> David
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Bob Hazen [mailto:peatmonster at comcast.net]
>>>>> Sent: Monday, May 23, 2011 11:08 PM
>>>>> To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for
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>>>>> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Behmor - Different Roasting times
>>>>>
>>>>> I think mine's been slowing down too.  I have generally used P2 because
>>>>> P1
>>>>> would race from end of 1st to start of 2nd, sometimes blurring together.
>>>>> Now that P2 has slowed down so much, I'm using P1 and getting the gap
>>>>> between 1st and 2nd that I couldn't before.  I thought it was my
>>>>> technique
>>>>> that was changing; perhaps not.
>>>>>
>>>>> Bob
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