[Homeroast] No first crack

Howard B howardbandy at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 16:09:02 CDT 2014


Hi Michael --

That is a great suggestion.  Perhaps extend it to other roasting
equipment?  I will start a FreshRoast thread.

Best regards,
Howard


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM, Michael Smith <mas139 at comcast.net> wrote:

> For the Group,
>
> Being a newbie with the Behmore, I wonder if the members of the group would
> be willing to share their protocols (settings, times of roasting etc) for
> various kinds of coffee that taste the best to them.
>
> Michael Smith
>
>
> > From: Paul Pinson <paul at thepinsons.org>
> > Reply-To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for
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> > Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:54:48 -0400
> > To: <homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com>
> > Subject: [Homeroast] No first crack
> >
> > I've noticed that although most beans do have an audible first (and
> second)
> > crack, some are so quiet, I can't even hear them over the motor sound on
> my
> > Behmor.  So, in addition to listening very carefully around the time I
> > expect 1st crack, I also watch the seam side of the bean on those quiet
> > coffees .  When the seam separates, and shows white, I consider the crack
> > underway.
> >
> > Some engineers I met bought a commercial roaster to run tests on a
> > technology to remove VOC's from exhaust.  The drum on the roaster was
> > closed, but we determined first crack involved a release of gases they
> were
> > measuring.  In lieu of buying a sniffer of some kind, I wonder about
> trying
> > to learn to "smell" first crack!
> >
> > Paul
> >
> >   1. India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peabody - no first crack
> >       (Brian Kamnetz)
> > In my most recent order of greens, as part of an 8-pound sampler pack, I
> > received a pound of India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peabody. I roasted it
> > yesterday. It seemed to be heating up pretty fast, so I moved the heat
> gun
> > back a bit, aiming for increase of 10-20 degrees per minute. When I got
> into
> > the high 300s I backed the heat gun off a bit more and kept very
> gradually
> > increasing the temp of the bean mass. I usually hit first crack anywhere
> > between 400 and 415 (as I measure the temp), usually ending the roast
> after
> > 14-15 minutes. But I passed that temp yesterday with no first crack. I
> ended
> > up a bit over 440 degrees and about 19 minutes, and never did hit first
> > crack. Has anyone else roasted this coffee variety?
> >
> > I probably ended at around full city, though I didn't hear second crack
> (but
> > my hearing isn't good and I might have missed some snaps). I don't
> usually
> > roast this dark, and to my taste there is a bit of charred flavor.
> > But, that said, the flavors are pleasant enough, and it probably will
> > improve with a few days rest.
> >
> > Brian
> >
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