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Topic: Behmor roast time (15 msgs / 267 lines)
1) From: J.W.Bullfrog
For many years I have run homebuilt roasters. The most high-tech was the
computerized P1. FYI, those who rremember, the micro-controller version is
just gathering dust.
For the past two years I have been using the lowest tech version of my
roasters. A kmart wok, with a 60 rpm gear motor thru the bottom, and a blade
hand fromed out of alium stock. The heat source was a turbo oven, but as
things failed, its striped down to just the heating element. The wok is
insulated, and a variac allows me to reduce voltage about 4- 6 minutes in.
Here is the question. I do 1 lb with the rig in about 12 minutes ( 3 -4
minute no bean warm up). I'm concerned that the behmors ~ 20 minute roast
will signifcantly change the flovor profile.
Thoughts?
FYI. I may be getting tired of rebuilding roasters.
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2) From: Paul Helbert
You will have the Behmor apart in a month because you will have to see how
it works.
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3) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Actually, It reminds me of one of the proto-types I gave up on. "Hot Mama"
was a Betty Crocker roaster oven. I could never get it to roast at any
reasonable speed. The roast time to city was always in the mid 20's.
However, that was using the heater element it came with.
On 8/24/08, Paul Helbert  wrote:
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4) From: Justin Marquez
I would guess that even if the Behmor roasted a pound in 12 minutes that the
flavor would not be identical. The "air flow mod" may make the Behmor a bit
faster, but I doubt that it will ever do a full pound batch in 12 minutes.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM, J. W. Bullfrog wrote:
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5) From: J.W.Bullfrog
My roaster only has a few air leaks, and no powered fans.
Its one of the things that slowly died.
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6) From: Justin Marquez
I put the "slow-roaster mod" on the Behmor last evening and ran a batch. The
thing NEVER went to "power-down mode" for temp control in the entire 16
minute P1 roast and never seemed to go to smoke-suppression after the
change. Before it would go to power-down at  about 5:30 to 6:30 e.t. and at
about 9:30 would start smoke suppression.
I will do a couple of batches this weekend to evaluate.* *I'll poke a
themocouple in the chamber and see exactly what it is doing.
On the plus side, it seems to hit C1 (based on just ONE roast) at a time
where P2 could be useful now.
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Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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7) From: Sandy Andina
Finally found Simple Green and cleaned the remaining interior as best  
I could--most of it is nice and pristine, but with a recalcitrant dark  
spot in the left indentation where the cradle for the round peg on the  
drum rests.  Did two 1/2 lb. cleaning cycles after thorough wet and  
dry wipes to get rid of the cleanser scent. I roasted the Brazil Poco  
Fundo to C-C+, about 420gm at P1, the 1 lb. setting, no time added.  
Went fully through first crack which ended just when the cool cycle  
kicked in. Bean munch made me wish that wasn't the last of that bean  
and that I hadn't promised it to the folk festival.  Next up came  
430gm of  Colombia Choco--suggested roast was FC-FC+.  Had to add the  
full time at :59 left, but only needed 3 of those 4 extra minutes to  
get slightly into second, when I hit cool.  Looked not much darker  
than C when I emptied it, but taste and texture were definitely a mid- 
FC.  The last was a full pound of Colombia Excelso, recommended for C+- 
FC.  Did the same as with the Choco, and needed only an extra 1:30 to  
get it to the first crackle of second, when I hit Cool. Yum.  Kills me  
that my family won't get any of it. Only hope that my fellow  
performers and volunteers (wearing both hats this year) appreciate it!  
The Seattle Mt. Blend ain't chopped liver, but it ain't this stuff  
either!
On Aug 28, 2008, at 10:23 PM, Justin Marquez wrote:
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8) From: Joseph Robertson
Hey Sandy I love chopped liver. ;)  I wouldn't roast it though.
Thanks for the Behmor roast notes.
JoeR
On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:57 PM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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9) From: Bill
Sandy,
have enjoyed reading the travails of finding simple green in the chi-town
area! :)  So, did it make a difference in the cleaning of the behmor?  Was
it noticeably cleaner?
I finally got some oxy-clean for my cloth VP filter.  Wow.  THAT makes a
difference!
bill in chey-town
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10) From: Sandy Andina
It did get the interior noticeably cleaner except for that one  
recalcitrant gunked-on spot above the left-hand drum spindle cradle.  
But that didn't seem to negatively impact the performance of the  
roaster. I suspect if I sprayed it on there and left it for over an  
hour it might have worked, but I will say that Simple Green does leave  
a lingering odor that took several alternating wet-and-dry wipedowns  
and two cleaning cycles to eradicate.
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11) From: Barry Luterman
I find if I use Windex after every roast. I get no build up or smell.
The trick is to do it after every roast before the sludge gets baked
on.
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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12) From: kevin creason
Windex cures everything, and after that it kills the brain last.
;)
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13) From: Rich
Windex after every roast works very good.  Cleaning cycle after every 
4th roast
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14) From: Brian Kamnetz
Sandy,
Did the cleaning seem to change the performance of your Behmor?
Brian
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15) From: Sandy Andina
Yes
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