[Homeroast] No first crack

Carol Lugg heislord at elpasotel.net
Wed Sep 3 11:57:07 CDT 2014

I love Monsooned Malabar beans in my French Press. I have a little bit 
older Hottop that I use for roasting. I would agree that it is hard to 
hear first crack with this bean. I have wondered if it might have 
something to do with the weight of the bean, but did not know. I sit 
right by my roaster the whole time, so I also go by time and temp, and 
the color of the bean as well. I also let these rest for about 3 days, 
and find they are excellent. One of my favorites!


On 9/2/2014 4:17 PM, Clark Barclay wrote:
> Interesting...I just got some of those Monsooned Malabar, India beans and
> the crack was soooo quiet. I think it's cuz the have less moisture in them.
> They are very lightweight, possibly relevant. Has anyone else roasted these
> Monsooned ones? They're a little tricky. Maybe best for a blend or French
> Roast.
> - Clark
> On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 3:09 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
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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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