[Homeroast] Homeroast Digest, Vol 79, Issue 15

Hank Arnold hankarnold at gmail.com
Sun Aug 24 14:15:17 CDT 2014

Couldn't agree more MIke....also went from the iRoast2 to the Behmor about
3 years ago, more from the iRoast breaking and their customer service being
non-existent - can I thank them now since I really like mini-drum Roasting?

A word to those that like a really dark roast like myself.....be prepared
to roast 1/2# batches at the 1# setting to get the Roast you want, not an
issue, just more of a time commitment.  Also KEEP THE Interior CLEAN!!
This also slows down the roast process to some extent, and I'm sure extends
the units life.
I'll even decrease the batch size if roasting a super hard bean.

Personally don't feel the need to upgrade the panel, as is it's simple
enough and I rarely would do anything different.



> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:14:18 -0500
> From: Mike Davis <mldavis2 at sbcglobal.net>
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: [Homeroast] Behmor 1600-Plus
> Message-ID: <53F393FA.3060202 at sbcglobal.net>
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> In answer to Luigi's post, I went from an iRoast2 to a Behmor 1600 and
> just yesterday installed the new panel to upgrade that one year old
> roaster to a 1600-Plus.  My comments on the conversion are posted in the
> Sweet Maria's forum under the Behmor section if anyone is interested in
> how that went.
> My iRoast2 served me well for about five years, and then I sold it to a
> friend who wanted to start home roasting and I chose the Behmor as a
> replacement.  The new 1600-Plus panel adds temperature readings, drum
> speed control, and heating element control during the roast.  It does
> NOT change or increase roasting times from the regular 1600 model.  The
> high speed drum setting keeps the beans higher in the back of the cage,
> in closer proximity to the heating elements, and should effectively
> increase the amount of heat exposure and shorten roast times a bit.
> There have been many posts regarding the Behmor timing options so I
> won't dig those back out for discussion.  Here's my view after using the
> 1600 for a year:
> Although Behmor calls the roaster a 1 lb. roaster, it is also designed
> (I presume for safety purposes) to keep 1# roasts from going all the way
> to Vienna stage or beyond.  So if you are roasting a "normal" City or
> City++ range, it will roast 1# very nicely.  What most dark roasters do
> (I don't roast my beans that far, normally) is to run a pre-heat cycle
> of about 1:45 before starting the normal roast setting.  Then they will
> use the 1# setting but use perhaps 3/4#  or even 7/8# of beans, since it
> is the bean mass that absorbs the heat and slows the roast a bit.  You
> can roast 3/4# of beans to the point of ignition if you push them to the
> end with maximum time settings, so dark roasts are only an issue if you
> are trying to push a full 1# beyond City++.  If you roast 3/4# at a time
> and you'll have no problem whatsoever, and if you are coming from the
> SR500, I suspect you aren't roasting large batches.
> Behmor cautions that you can't just set the roaster and let it run the
> cycle.  On the new 1600-Plus model, the timer will begin blinking at 75%
> completion of the roast cycle time and you must press "Start" within 30
> seconds to resume the roast cycle or the roaster will stop and begin
> cooling.  This is an added "safety feature" to keep you from walking
> away and forgetting it that may seem a bit annoying, but shouldn't be a
> problem for anyone if you stop and think about it.  I roast a lot of
> 1/2# batches on a 1# P3 C setting and always manually stop the roast
> when it reaches my desired end point to prevent over-roasting.
> I did find that you must rely less on the visual appearance of the roast
> and more on the cracks (easy to hear with the quite Behmor) and the time
> from the beginning of first crack (1C), so it takes a bit of adjustment
> to using an air roaster.
> Feel free to e-mail me directly if you have specific questions.
> Mike Davis
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