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Topic: Bean size vs. Behmor drum grid size (8 msgs / 257 lines)
1) From: Bob Hazen
I was perusing SM's listings and thinking of trying some peaberry in my Behmor.  I've heard it doesn't do so well with smaller beans, but what exactly does that mean?  I see that the screen size for a given bean is typically listed in Tom's reviews.  Does anybody know how to correlate those screen sizes with the grid size in the normal or small-grid Behmor drum?
It would sure be great to be able to determine if I'd just be dumping all my peaberry coffee into the chaff collector....
Bob
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2) From: Robert Yoder
Hi Bob,
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Just load up the drum and spin it on the Cool cycle for a bit.  That'll sho=
w you whether or not you need a smaller mesh drum.
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Happy Roasting,
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robert> From: peatmonster> To: homeroast=
e.com> Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 22:19:31 -0700> Subject: [Homeroast] Bean siz=
e vs. Behmor drum grid size> > I was perusing SM's listings and thinking of=
 trying some peaberry in my Behmor. I've heard it doesn't do so well with s=
maller beans, but what exactly does that mean? I see that the screen size f=
or a given bean is typically listed in Tom's reviews. Does anybody know how=
 to correlate those screen sizes with the grid size in the normal or small-=
grid Behmor drum?> > It would sure be great to be able to determine if I'd =
just be dumping all my peaberry coffee into the chaff collector....> > Bob =
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3) From: Bob Hazen
Thanks, Robert.  I wasn't very clear in my question.  I'd like to determine =
before I buy some beans if I'd likely have trouble with them.  Or, is it =
safe to assume the small-grid drum will contain even the smallest of SM's =
beans?
Bob

4) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Bob Hazen wrote:
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My original (large grid) basket had a break in the grid, or a whole if 
you will and I was loosing up to 30g of beans per roast, regardless of 
the size of the bean for my first 7 roasts.  Then I bought the small 
grid basket *and* Joe sent me a new large grid one (for free) and I've 
not had a bean fall out since (and  I did my 33rd and 34th Behmor roasts 
yesterday). 
I do Nicaragua Matagelpa Pacamara Peaberry in the large grid basket and, 
so far, all other peaberries in the small grid basket.  For other beans, 
it's generally a gut call as to which I use unless I've done it before 
in which case I have some history to go on.  The big difference in my 
experience is the amount of chaff left mixed in with the beans (more in 
the small grid, less in the large grid).
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5) From: Robert Yoder
Hi Bob,
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Perhaps the Appearance Section of SM's Coffee Listing (which shows screen s=
ize) might be useful.  You'd need to translate Screen Size into Mesh size, =
but I'm imagining that's possible.
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HTH,
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robert
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ast> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Bean size vs. Beh=
mor drum grid size> > Bob Hazen wrote:> > Thanks, Robert. I wasn't very cle=
ar in my question. I'd like to > > determine before I buy some beans if I'd=
 likely have trouble with > > them. Or, is it safe to assume the small-grid=
 drum will contain even > > the smallest of SM's beans? > > My original (la=
rge grid) basket had a break in the grid, or a whole if > you will and I wa=
s loosing up to 30g of beans per roast, regardless of > the size of the bea=
n for my first 7 roasts. Then I bought the small > grid basket *and* Joe se=
nt me a new large grid one (for free) and I've > not had a bean fall out si=
nce (and I did my 33rd and 34th Behmor roasts > yesterday). > > I do Nicara=
gua Matagelpa Pacamara Peaberry in the large grid basket and, > so far, all=
 other peaberries in the small grid basket. For other beans, > it's general=
ly a gut call as to which I use unless I've done it before > in which case =
I have some history to go on. The big difference in my > experience is the =
amount of chaff left mixed in with the beans (more in > the small grid, les=
s in the large grid).> > pat---->http://www.sklenar.info/coffee.html>> __=> Homeroast mailing list> Home=
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6) From: Justin Marquez
It is safe to assume that the smaller mesh drum has a better chance of
retaining more beans of all sizes!
As chaff held up in the roasting drum bothers me not at all, I have never
yet used the larger mesh drum in my Behmor roasts.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 4:08 AM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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7) From: Sandy Andina
I roasted Costa Rica Dota Peaberry and India Premium Robusta in the  
small drum, and got no more dropthroughs than I get with fragments of  
uneven coffees like espresso blends, aged Sumatra or Harrar.
On Aug 17, 2008, at 1:19 AM, Bob Hazen wrote:
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8) From: Paul Helbert
Good question, Bob,
I suppose that they have a set of screens at Sweet Maria's since they list
the screened sizes for each offering. If so; since they also sell the
Behmor and both drum/baskets, they may be able to answer this question
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