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Topic: Behmor Problem: Epilog (2 msgs / 79 lines)
1) From: Jeff Hayden
Fellow Homeroasters,
Thanksgiving came early this year; that is, there is a lot to be  
thankful for, a few good folks to thank, and I'm drinking a blend  
which may well be the best I've roasted in over a year.
After 14 months of faithful use, my Behmor died this past weekend.   
Knowing it's beyond the stated warranty, I had low expectations.    
Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
I dropped an email to the manufacturer, asking what they might do to  
help out.  I dropped another to this list for suggestions, both what  
to expect from the manufacturer, and suggestions should I need to  
replace my beloved Behmor roaster.
I heard from Joe Behm's and his tech support folks within half an hour  
-- on Sunday no less -- with the suggestion that if I could manage a  
simple repair, they'd send me the replacement motor at their expense.   
Awesome!
Barry Luterman wrote me off-list, sent me the plans and color photos,  
for the exact repair.
The part arrived this afternoon.  I completed the repair this  
evening.  It took me all of 45 minutes, ringing phone and all  
(probably twenty had I taken the phone off the hook).  Everything  
turned out great, repair holding.
Only issue: I have almost a pound of the blend I last roasted, so I  
won't get to the roaster for perhaps a week.  The roast turned out to  
be so good, I can't imagine not taking some time and enjoying it:
	4 oz. Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry Process, roasted to Full City on a Nesco
	8 oz. Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry Process, roasted to Full City on the  
Behmor (the roast before the motor failed).
	8 oz. Bali Kintamani Arabica, roasted to FC+, 4 oz. on I-Roast 2, 4  
oz. on Nesco
	8 oz. Rwanda Kinunu  Bourbon, roasted to FC+, 4 oz. on I-Roast 2, 4  
oz. on Nesco
	4 oz. Yemen Mohka Sana'ani, roasted to Full City on an I-Roast 2
I blended this all together, only grinding what I needed for the given  
pot.  I've brewed it in a Chemex, and it was quite rich with an  
abundance of chocolate and perhaps a hint of tobacco; looking forward  
to brewing up in the vacuum pot this weekend.  As I said, I'm very  
pleased with this blend.
To those who passed along suggestions, to Barry for the plans and  
photos, and to Joe Behm and the folks at Behmor for the motor, a big  
thank you to all.  Anyone coming into the Bay Area, please feel  
welcome to hit me up for a cup of my home roasted, home brewed  
experimental coffee anytime.
Thank you,
Jeff
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2) From: Brian Kamnetz
Jeff,
Thanks for the post. Hearing your story brightens my day.
Brian
On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:38 PM, Jeff Hayden
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