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Topic: I did it, I did it - yea Behmore (4 msgs / 100 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Well, I have only been roasting a few months now, with fewer than 100 
roasts.  I have been using the IR2, which I love.  But, I got my 
hands on a Behmore and have been waiting for some medical issues to 
clear up before giving it a try.  Tonight was the night.  I did the 
basic, suggested roast of 1/4 pound on P1.  I roasted a Zimbabwe AA, 
cutting the roast short by 14 seconds.
The most unexpected thing I learned was how well I was hearing the 
cracks with the IR2.  I had it down.  I somehow could separate the 
cracks from the noise of the machine.  The Behmore is a quiet piece 
of art and it let me hear the cracks wonderfully.  But, they sounded 
the same as in the IR2, just without the stress of focusing and 
filtering out the machine noise.
I can't wait to roast plenty more.  I also want to see how I will 
transfer my profiles to the Behmore from the IR2.  I know some don't 
think that there are real profiles with the IR2, and that may be true 
for some people.  One can set it, then go by the senses and stop it 
at the best time.  However, I have developed a number of profiles 
that give me different flavors on one bean type.  My favorite bean I 
have three profiles I use, which let me keep it to a simple City+, 
but then stretch the time between the 1st and 2nd crack and take it 
further along, and so on.  Whatever works for the person roasting is 
what counts.
I will say I was very nervous about this roast and the Behmore.  It 
seemed more complicated, though the basic and suggested first roast 
was fine.  But, fire scares me and I kept getting nervous about that, 
which with careful handling and following the instructions is not a 
abnormally high risk in any way I could see, though I am no expert.
The after roast bean crunch tasted full and fresh, sweet, with a 
touch of fruit, which I could not identify at this time.  Maybe after 
a bit of rest.
I see myself creating profiles because I can and looking for the best 
of each bean.  I also see myself using the IR2 quite often, I love 
it, I really do.
Though, I have to say, the Behmore, appears to be a wonderful piece 
of work, a well made and designed roaster that can meet the needs 
that I will have for a long time.  I feel the same way about the IR2, 
though less impressed with its design, but it can meet my needs for a 
nice period of time.
What I really look forward to is roasting the same bean in each 
roaster, going for the same roast, using the best profile I can come 
up with to reach the roast and then tasting the differences in the 
flavor.  I don't expect one to be greatly better than the other, but 
rather different than each other and that is a good thing.  If true, 
it adds to my roasting options and I like that.
Congratulations to Joe and his team for what seems like a solid 
machine which should do the home roaster well in his or her 
endeavors, and more, give us even more things to discuss, argue 
about, and just share the joys present when it comes to home roasting.

2) From: Brett Mason
Sounds great Stephen!
With the Zimbabwe, you may find the coffee "so-so" until about the 5-6th
day, and then it leaps into "stellar"
Brett
On Dec 20, 2007 6:02 PM, Stephen Carey  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Stephen Carey
Brett, that is good to know.  I have other coffee that is hitting day 
2 now, it can last me until day 4 or 5 of the "resting" of this new 
roast.  Those are the kinds of things I am trying to learn, so much 
is just experimenting, but also, putting on this list to get first 
hand information.  Thank you once again.
Stephen
At 07:25 PM 12/20/2007, you wrote:
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4) From: Sandra Andina
Glad to hear your tastebuds are back, Stephen!
Sandy
On Dec 20, 2007, at 6:02 PM, Stephen Carey wrote:
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