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Topic: 1/2 lb versus 1 lb in Behmor (6 msgs / 175 lines)
1) From: John and Emma
Some feedback for the list and to see if anyone agrees.
I have been roasting 1/2 lb in my Behmor since I received it. My last two
roasts a Rwandan and Nicaraguan I used 1 lb. I have roasted both these beans
twice before using 1/2 lb. I always brew using my VP on weekday mornings so
this is also consistent. I used P2 on my first attempts with these beans but
the last 1/2 lb roast and 1lb roasts were using the same profile. Rwanda
using P1 and Nicaraguan using P3.
Well, I must say from my own experience the 1lb roast produces a much better
cup. The flavours are more noticeable and the cup is a lot smoother with a
better mouthfeel and heavier body. At 1/2 lb both these beans were ok but
not something I would buy again. Now after roasting with 1lb I would
definitely buy again. It's also not just me. My wife never knows what I brew
in the morning, how long of a rest time it has or if it's a new bean we
haven't tried before or not. My wife takes a cup to work with her and will
call only if she really enjoyed it. If I don't hear from her when she gets
to work I know the coffee was ok or she hated it. She only calls if she
really thought it was a good cup. SO if I'm mad at her I'll make a cup of
mud so I don't have to hear from her. Just kidding, but as I wrote this I
thought of a reason to buy some bad coffee (previous thread on the list).
Anyway, the first brew with the 1 lb roast result was the Rwandan. My wife
hated this coffee when roasted at 1/2 lb. She phoned that morning and asked
what it was I brewed and did we still have some left in stash. She loved it
this time.
So it wasn't only me that noticed this difference. The same result with the
Nicaraguan though my wife thought this was ok when roasted using 1/2 lb.
To those of you with a Behmor. Have you tried this and had the same results?
Opposite results? Or no difference?
John H.
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2) From: Bill
John,  Don't use the Behmor, but did you record times? Time to first crack,
to second, end of roast?  I'd be curious if it's a difference in these
variables, or in other things...
thanks for the observations.  Can't wait to hear what the other behmorites
on the list think.
bill
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3) From: Dean De Crisce
I have noticed a difference...but I believe it is...me and roast time.
The 1lb-er coast a significant length of time over the 1/2 lb. I have
attributed the differences to longer coast times, and therefore longer
roast times
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4) From: Seth Grandeau
John,
I'm very happy to hear that you've had good results with 1 lb roasts.  I may
have to try it again.  My first few attempts ended badly.  Either I did not
have enough time (P1) or I had enough time, but the result seemed uneven.  I
have had good luck with up to 3/4 lb (using 1 lb settings), but never with a
full pound roast.
-Seth
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5) From: John and Emma
Hi Bill,
I'm reversing the numbers on my Behmor so these are numbers counting up not
down. This will make it easier for everyone who doesn't have a Behmor.
Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza (Profile - P1)
1/2 lb roast, 1st crack start 12:30 1st crack end 13:30. Stopped roast at
14:15 and ended up with FC.
1 lb roast, 1st crack start 14:07 1st crack end 16:33. Stopped roast at
16:57 and ended up with FC.
Nicaragua Limoncillo Java Longberry (Profile - P3)
1/2 lb result C+ at 14:25 (this was before I started recording my times to
first crack and when first crack ended).
1 lb roast, 1st crack start 17:45 1st crack end 19:57. Stopped roast at
22:10 and ended up with FC.
John H.

6) From: Bill
John,immediate thought is that you are stretching the period of time between
beginning of first and the end of the roast and this is allowing certain
flavors to develop and mature.  There are plenty others on this list who
understand these chemical reactions much better than i.  It's a tightrope
between too long and not long enough.  I suspect that you've discovered that
you enjoy some of the flavors developed with a longer stretch.
Keep experimentin!  That's the glory of this list.
bill
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