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Topic: First attempt with Behmor (4 msgs / 153 lines)
1) From: John and Emma
Well I just got my Behmor on Saturday. I read the manual twice, reread
everybody's discussions on the profiles twice and read Tom's suggestions
twice. I always want to know every detail before I start something new. My
wife laughs about it but it's the scientist in me.
I used a half pound of the Kenya Giakanja Coop. I started by warming up the
machine on P1 for 2 min and cool for 2min. The profile I used was P1 at 1 lb
and reduced time to 12min. I wanted to make sure that if I needed to add a
lot of extra time I had the ability. My biggest fear was not being able to
add enough time and end up with an under roasted bean. My goal was City+.
The first sound of first crack started with 2:15 left on the timer. With 30
sec left first crack was just finishing. I sure expected it to end quicker
than that on P1. I added 1 min., based on Tom's very very rough estimate
that time between first and second crack was 2:20 to 2:40 I thought for
City+ I would want about 1:30 after first crack to reach City+.
Unfortunately about 15 sec after first crack ended second crack started. I
hit cool and as we know the Behmor doesn't stop roasting immediately so
second crack continued. End result was a really nice looking FC+.
I have been using a Poppery II and though this was my first roast with a
Kenya bean I always noticed a bigger spread in time between first and second
crack (about 1 to 2 min). I'm not sure why this roasted jumped so quickly
into second crack.
It looks like I just might be able to use the default setups on the Behmor
to get the exact roast I want. I have not tested our voltage nor bought
anything to test it with.
Positives and pluses. The Behmor is a fantastic roaster. Quiet, clean and
though I over shot my goal the FC+ looks great. Nice and even. I really like
how the roaster separates the chaff. For those that are familiar with
poppers I would roll the roasted beans on my pizza tray to separate as much
chaff as possible and then blow it off.
I want to thank all of you for you're in depth discussions on the different
roasters. As I said I am a scientist and as a result do sooooo much research
before I even buy anything it makes my wife laugh at me. I have spent every
day since starting home roasting (approximately 3 months) researching what
roaster I was going to upgrade to. I am definitely not disappointed in my
decision on the Behmor.
All the best.
John H.
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2) From: Rich
In th Behmor manual there is a small chart that gives the time from the 
initial first crack of 1st crack to the start of 2nd crack for 1/4, 1/2, 
and 1 pound.  It works very well.  If you use that as a guide you will 
not experience accidental Vienna roasts.
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3) From: John and Emma
Thanks Rich,
I did use this as a guide. My error was I thought it meant from end of first
crack to start of second crack. That explains a lot.
John H.

4) From: Rick Copple
John and Emma wrote:
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Yes, I made that mistake once too. Then realized it was from start to 
start, so that's how I time it when I'm shooting for a certain roast 
like City+.
So, I think I've discovered, that you wait until first crack is totally 
over, hit cool, you'll be around a city+. If you want city, hit it about 
1 to 1.5 minutes after first crack starts. It will coast into the city 
roast.
Or, you can do some of the "work arounds" like roasting closer to what 
you want and then opening the door to let it cool faster, then sweep up 
the chaff from the floor. It can stop the roast faster.
Ironically, I have to deal with more chaff in the beans using the Behmor 
than my previous method. I roasted in a wok which kept all the chaff in 
the roast, but when I cooled it I sprayed burnt chaff all over the 
kitchen. Made a mess I had to sweep up each time, but the roasted beans 
were pretty much chaff free. But, truth be told, chaff in the roasted 
beans doesn't affect much.
Only problem now, since I don't spray chaff all over the kitchen and 
then sweep it up, my wife says she misses me cleaning the kitchen once 
or twice a week. :D
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