[Homeroast] Behmor 1600 plus 2 Pound Roast
john at chocolatealchemy.com
Thu Nov 5 11:19:42 CST 2015
So if you do nothing except hit the Start/deadman switch at 75% in, will
hitting C at 1 minute continue to reset it to 3:10? Do you need to be
in any manual mode?
Keeping in mind if you are happy, that is ALL that counts....39 minutes
seems a LOT like baking, not roasting. As I've heard numerous times,
roasting is NOT just turning green beans brown.
On 11/5/2015 8:21 AM, Mark Jones wrote:
> Hi Friends!
> I don't post very often, but I felt that I had to tell you all of a discovery that has made it simple to do large roasts in my Behmor 1600. I had been roasting in the 1600 for a couple years. And when the 1600 Plus upgrade came out, I made the upgrade. I enjoyed the temperature readings, the heating over-rides (1 through 5) and the drum speed adjustment. But that pesky "C", or "first crack" timer reset button gave me fits. I hit it a couple times by mistake. And suddenly my 8 ounce roast with 10 minutes left to go on the timer, went to 3 minutes and 10 seconds (and counting). What a disaster. Going right to cool and restarting my roast again allowed me to salvage the beans to at least a drinkable level of roast. But I had to watch it like a hawk.
> Well, recently (within the last 2 months) I was roasting my usual 8 ounces of Columbian Supremo. I am one of those people that had discovered that 1 pound roasts were basically out of the range of the roaster's regular settings. So I stuck to 8 ounces. But during my enjoyable pressings of the "A" "B" and "D" button and using the temp override buttons during the last minute of the roast, I hit the "C" button and the timer reset to 3 minutes and 10 seconds. I suddenly had extra time! Not that I needed it at that point, but I had a "Eureka" moment. Using the "C" button, I might just be able to extend roast times to however long I need.
> Over the next several roasts, I began increasing the bean weights. 10, 12, 16, 24, 28, and then the magical 32 ounce (2 pound) roast that I just did. The results have been wonderful. Todays 2 pound roast in a beautiful Full City ++ roast. Total time from start to finish (1 pound, start - to pressing cool) was 39 minutes. I started the roast and set my 13 minute "deadman switch" timer to hit the start button again at 4:30. Then, after that, I hit the "C" button each time the timer reached 1 minute to go. And the timer reset to 3 minutes 10 seconds. And during these intervals I continued to play with the "A" "B" and "D" buttons as well as the heater override buttons.
> So, to me at least, it looks like this "C" button allows for the kind of control we've wanted. Combined with the temperature buttons, the drum speed control, and the temperature indicator buttons "A and B" I have been paying attention more closely that ever before to the roasting cycle. After the deadman timer, I never leave the roaster until I decide when the roast is done to my liking. I'm not sure the Behmor people meant the "C" button to be used this way, and I hope they don't change how it functions, but for me, the Behmor came of age and works perfectly. Not, instead of having to do four 8 ounce (sometimes I'd try 10 ounces, but it was close) roasts to fill my canister, including cooling and cleaning after each 8 ounces, I can do just one 32 ounce batch and get it just right for my tastes. My wife loves it too.
> Happy Behmor 1600 Plus roasting.
> Mark Jones
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