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Topic: Questions on the use of the Behmor (7 msgs / 240 lines)
1) From: Robert Flanery
Before I start, I am searching the archives as we speak for answers.  But
being a small child in a big body I cannot help but ask a few questions
along the way.
I just received a Behmor and did a couple of roasts with it last night on
P1.  I did a taste test on one of them this morning and the promise of what
to come has me salivating for the coming week.  However, I was hoping that
some of you that have advanced usage of this machine might steer me towards
a quicker success with a couple of particular beans.
The two coffees in particular that I am wanting to zero in pretty quickly
are the DP Harar and most especially the Guatamala San Jose Ocana.  I got
the Guat pretty close in a popper a couple of times and was wowed with the
the flavor and depth that was lurking in there.  I am hopeful that I can
tone down the brash nature of the air roasts and focus on the wonderful
flavors that are inside that bean.
What I am wanting to ask is what profiles, adjustments, and rest periods
others have found best with these two.  My voltage is fine under load here
so there is no nead to worry about adjusting times of roasts.  I want to
take the Harar to a well done C+, and the San Jose Ocana to a FC with a bit
of stretch towards FC+.  The one time I really felt I nailed it I found a
wonderful smooth flavor with a hint of chocolate on the inital taste, with a
fruity and smooth aftertaste.  I use that word smooth alot.  Perhaps that is
a part of what I am looking for.  A transition of flavors that does not
owerwhelm quickly, but rather, sneaks up on you.
With the Harar, I want to get that potent aftertaste down to a science if I
can.  My friends have had some that I got close to right with the popper,
and they were all amazed with the sweet candy like finish.  So was I.
So if you don't mind taking a minute to share your thoughts, or have a
direction you can point me, I would certainly appreciate it.  I am drinking
some 12 hour old DP Korate this morning as I mentioned earlier and it has me
very enthusiastic for knowledge with my new tool.
Rob
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2) From: Brian Salwasser
Rob,
I have had my Behmor for about 6 months now, and love it.  I don't think my
palate is quite as refined as yours, but here are some tips I've received
from others that may be of assistance:
In my first several roasts 1st crack would happen rapidly and seem to go
almost directly into 2nd and I would panic and hit cool.  I now either open
the door when I can smell that 1st crack is imminent to slow the roast down
a little.  You can also play with P2 to slow down 1st crack (I know this is
dealt with extensively if you search the archives, but I found it simpler to
use P1, P3 and sometimes P4 and just open the door if things get going too
rapidly).
I also use the 1# almost exclusively even though I roast 8 oz. of beans just
in case the roast takes too long and time runs out before the desired degree
of roast (I make sure to subtract time before the roast begins so that each
leg will last 33% of the time and then I just add time to the last leg if
need be).
I'm not sure if that helps at all, but it has helped me.
Brian
On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 6:16 AM, Robert Flanery wrote:
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3) From:
Ethiopian Harrar Horse-Nothing fancy but was great for me...roasted 8 oz at 1/2lb P1 with 15 second added-blueberry and multiple layers of choc and citrus
Dean De Crisce
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4) From: Seth Grandeau
A fellow list member recommended P3 for Ethiopian DP coffees.  This past
weekend I roasted 8 oz using P3, the 1 lb setting, with the clock at 14:00
before start (which is what P3 C 1/2 lb would be).  I then bumped it up to
20:00, after the roast started (extending the last leg only).  This keeps
the 1/2 lb profile, but allows me to add all the time I want to the roast.
Results are good.  On 2 days rest, I'm starting to taste some berry and some
citrus notes.
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5) From: Seth Grandeau
To be specific, this was 8oz of Harrar Horse.  I forgot to mention that.
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6) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Robert Flanery wrote:
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I roasted my first 1/2# of 'Guatemala Finca San Jose Ocana' in my Behmor 
on 9/01 and my second 1/2# on 9/10.  I usually don't roast the same 
thing so soon, but my coworkers at the office were raving about it ... 
and I have to admit, the flavor was just so damn good!  My notes follow ...
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1 September 2008
Roughly 10:25 am, Roasted indoors
Batch 115 (Behmor 35) -
     Profile: 1/2#, P1, B, ++ = 13:30
     Basket: Small Grid
     226g green, 188g roasted + no waste (-16.8%)
     11m 30s plus cooling.
Tons of chaff! Rolling First Crack was just like my HG/BM roasts, with a 
real roll! Second Crack started about 5s after I hit COOL.  I'd say it 
was a good City+, but since there was some Second Crack ... it's more 
probably on the boarder between City+ & Full City.
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10 September 2008
Roughly 7:40 pm, Roasted indoors
Batch 117 (Behmor 37) -
     Profile: 1/2#, P1, B, ++ = 13:30
     Basket: Small Grid
     228g green, 193g roasted + no waste (-15.4%)
     11m 00s plus cooling.
Tons of chaff! Rolling First Crack was just like my HG/BM roasts, with a 
real roll! Second Crack started about 5s after I hit COOL.  I stopped it 
about 30s sooner than the last time ... I think I held it to a good 
City+ (the last one WAS more on the Full City boarder).
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Additional details from my spreadsheet that I don't include on my online 
roasting log, note all times are "time remaining" ... remember that the 
Behmor counts backwards. :)
1 Sept 08 -
    1C first sound at 4:00
    1C was rolling at 3:40
    1C was basically over at 2:20
    COOL started at 2:00
    2C first sound at 1:55 (5 sec after hitting COOL)
    2C rolling at 1:50 (10 sec after hitting COOL)
   
10 Sept 08 -
    1C first sound at 4:05
    1C was rolling at 3:45
    1C was basically over at 2:45
    2C first sound at 2:35
    COOL started at 2:30
    2C rolling at 2:20 (10 sec after hitting COOL)
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7) From: Robert Flanery
Thanks for the great info everyone.  I will put this to work over the
weekend and see if I can improve the quality of my results.
On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 7:39 PM, Patrick R. Sklenar wrote:
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