I love my Behmor!!
I've roasted a half pound each Kenya, PNG decaf, and Java two days ago.
Except for a little dark on the Kenya, the roasts were perfect. Both the
Java and the PNG were great tasting this am and pm. Today, I roasted a pound
of the Java, 3/4 pound of Cameroon and 1 pound of Panama Boquete Lerida
Estate "Miel". (I'm too tired to look up the exact name of the other beans.)
I won't keep track of the profiles much as I've only done "Zen" roasting and
will continue to do so. I will probably use P1 for caffeinated beans and P2
for decaf. I tend to prefer lighter roasts, so don't really have to worry
about under roasting. After the first roast, I figured in "coasting" as much
more of a factor than HG/DB/BBQ. I'm in control of the Cool button, so
basically I'm using the machine to do the stirring. And that alone makes it
worth it due to my arthritic hands. And I get to roast inside!
I "Broke the Law" to do the 3/4 pound roast. It's all I had left of the
Cameroon, so used the 1 pound profile, P3 and C. I had to add as much time
as possible and it turned out perfectly. I'll tweak as needed when I don't
have a full pound to roast.
I used the regular cylinder for the Kenya and thought it would be OK for the
PNG. Didn't lose any Kenya beans, but lost about 20 PNG beans. So used the
small bean cylinder for subsequent roasts. If I have any doubts about
whether the beans will fall through, I'll use the small bean cylinder.
I love the brush that came with the Behmor. I'm glad I have a dustbuster. I
like watching the beans, but turn the light off until 1st crack as I don't
want to burn it out. It's the opposite with the range hood fan. It's on
until nearing 1st crack, then off until cooling.
I'm going to have to get used to having more chaff mixed with the beans
after a roast. With HG/DB/BBQ, I dump the roast and the chaff all blows away
with the fan I use. I guess I could take the extra step and blow the chaff
away with the same fan after the roast is done and cooled, but probably
I can't wait to roast more. With all the snow we've had, time spent
shoveling and assembling my grandson's new glow in the dark Space Train
Station, I haven't had much time to roast. And I have all these 1 lb sampler
bags to try. I think the Behmor is a winner!
Thanks for all your help.
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