[Homeroast] Behmor 1600 plus 2 Pound Roast

miKe mcKoffee mckona at comcast.net
Thu Nov 5 13:00:20 CST 2015

Yeah as Alchemist alluded to I'm (in)famous for saying "it's easy to turn
beans brown, it's a life long Journey learning to make beans sing". A 39
minute roast would make any bean hum a monotonous monotone not sing even
close to its potential range of flavors. BUT different strokes for different

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From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
Behalf Of John Nanci
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2015 9:20 AM

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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