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Topic: First Behmor roasts (3 msgs / 68 lines)
1) From: Sandra Andina
Did my first couple of Behmor roasts, using Sumatra Classic Mandheling  
(of which I have nearly 5# and is more tolerant of a darker roast in  
case of miscalculation). First problem was the drum stopped rotating  
during the cool cycle of the first empty burn-off roast--no harm, no  
foul. Amazing how cool everything is at the end of the "cool" cycle!   
Second problem was I couldn't find my scale. Uh-oh.  I realized that  
1-1/2 1/2 c. i-R scoops (one load) produce barely more than 1/4 lb.  
roasted, but the Behmor measures its roasts in green weight. So I  
loaded about 2/3 c. Sumatra, hit "1/4 lb," P1, and let 'er rip. Seemed  
a little slow, so I added about 30 sec. Reached first crack fairly  
late, and not as many snaps as with my other roasters, so added  
another 30 sec.  Suddenly, second crack came all at once--hit "cool"  
about 10 sec. in, and ended up with a Vienna-to-French that begs for  
chickory, caramelized milk and a platter of beignets (but is pretty  
good black, too, in my experience). So loaded up 2 scoops, hit "1/2  
lb," and P2. Added 15 sec.  Again, first crack came fairly late and  
sparsely, but second hit with a vengeance at about 50 sec. left.  
Waited 5 sec. and hit "cool." A little lighter this time, what my guys  
are used to when they say "Sumatra." I will now roast 1 lb. at P2, not  
add any time, and hit "cool" immediately upon second crack.
Amazing how there is no need to pour the beans into a colander--they  
are THAT cool when done; and the house is filled with roasting smoke  
aroma but no smoke!!!!
Sandy Andina
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2) From: Aaron
sandy, what profile are you using,  try profile 1 or 3... second crack 
won't sneak up on you with those.  4 and 5 can drag it out a bit and 
work good for kona or other beans of that type I am finding.
aaron

3) From: Sandra Andina
Third time's the charm. Four 1/2 c. scoops.  Hit "1 lb." at P2--first  
crack began long and slow from 14 min. in and second didn't hit till  
50 sec. left. Immediately hit "cool."  When done, a perfect FC+.  
(Should note that not even that second Vienna batch had even a spot of  
oil, and the first "French" batch, while shiny, was more Vienna than  
French).   Gordy peeked in the drum, looked pleadingly at me, and  
said, "Mom, you're not gonna give that away, are you?"  So now it's  
sitting in our storage crock waiting for Saturday's brewing; I  
diverted enough of it, plus some of the really dark stuff, to make 1/4  
lb. to bring to dinner tonight. Heck with the chickory.
Now doing 1# of Monkey Blend at P1. Will report in 1/2 hr.
On Nov 22, 2007, at 2:17 PM, Aaron wrote:
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Sandy Andina
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