[Homeroast] Downside of the Behmor Door Dance

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Wed May 25 12:47:33 CDT 2011

Exactly why I roast in the garage... and I picked up a range hood at a
Thrift Store to help vent the smoke out (still need to install it).

On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:46 AM, Robert Yoder <robotyonder at hotmail.com>wrote:

> Greetings,
> It has taken so long, and still I'm pretty nowhere, in terms of roasting
> knowledge. (But the current nowhere is vastly better than the past nowheres,
> and so it goes).
> Now I try to use the different Behmor Profiles (described as Procrustean)
> as ramps; P1 is full on, P2 is broken full-on, Ps  3, 4, and 5 are more
> gradual slopes of heat increase.  Having chosen a ramp, I then simply watch
> and listen. At first crack, I start opening and closing the door while
> watching the oven-temp gauge I put in the drum to be sure there is no BT
> drop.  I find that I must hold the door a bit open a substantial time,
> trying to postpone Second Crack.  When I can postpone C2 no longer, I hit
> cool and hold the door ajar in order to expedite cooling, using a kitchen
> towel to sort of catch any flying chaff.
> Here's the thing:
> Before I started this sort of messing-around with the Behmor, my house
> never smelled like roasting coffee (professional Range Hood immediately over
> roasting platform).  Now, it is something to deal with.  So I deal with it,
> and continue to learn this lovely stuff.
> But in the meantime, anyone wishing to mess with the Behmor will have to
> deal with the functionality of the Afterburner.  When I let the roaster be
> itself, the afterburner did its job beautifully, but if we are going to try
> to slow down the roasts so quickly by opening the door, the afterburner
> can't really do its job.  If we try to stretch intercrack interval by
> lowering the heat electronically, the changes to the bean mass will be
> slower, but at least the afterburner will function.
> Even with a quarter-pound batch, I can still stink up the neighborhood a
> little, for a bit, by doing the door dance.
> Happy Roasting,
> robert yoder

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