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Topic: From gateway to the hard stuff.... (15 msgs / 474 lines)
1) From: Mark Osborne
Or:
My name's Mark, and I'm a coffee-holic....
Started with an air popper in Dec.
Found a new obsession....
I'm feeling like I am getting mixed results with the Poppery II. I'm
thinking of a major upgrade to a Behmor.
I have trouble getting back to back results with the air popper.
I have a couple of friends that want more homeroast from me.
I've modded two Poppery IIs, and batch size is really limiting. (see above)
I am losing my enthusiasm for tinkering with air poppers...
The noise is a real drag.
Is this the best upgrade for the $$$?
Batch size is appealing.
Repeatability seems more likely.
List support seems abundant.
I brew mostly with Mistress Silvia (a lifelong journey in itself...)
Some FP
and very occasionally a drip
I may have to stick up a couple of 7-11s to pay for it, but....
thanks,
Mark
-- 
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government
those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson
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2) From: Brad Baker
On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 1:06 PM, Mark Osborne  wrote:
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What about Heat Gun and Dog Bowl?  That's reasonably inexpensive and I
think a pound can be roasted that way.  It must be done outside.
OTOH, I roast outside with the Behmor also (and will until I complete
the design and construction of the Behmor Exhaust Extraction System.)
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3) From: John Mac
Mark,
I have been roasting with a Behmor for over a year now and just love it.
Some of the more hardcore roasters out there need the profile control that
other machines have to offer, I don't.
Dollar for dollar you can't do much better than the Behmor IMHO. I can
produce great coffee time and time again. Can I duplicate an exact roast
every time? Who knows.  I don't care because I'm drinking great coffee
regardless of the exact roast profile. I'm not a professional cupper and few
of us out there are anyway, so you need to decide where you want to spend
your hard earned coin. If you want to make a major step up and advance your
roasting ability, buy the Behmor, you won't be disappointed, that is unless
you need exacting control and roast repeatability. Keep watching this post
as you will see tons of replies and opinions expressed.
Cheers!
John in Nor Cal
On 3/16/09, Mark Osborne  wrote:
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4) From: Dave Huddle
Yep - Behmor is a good choice.    I agree with John in Nor Cal.
I've been using a Behmor since November of 2007.
Dave
Westerville, OH
On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM, John Mac  wrote:
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5) From: Bob
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A bread machine / heat gun combo works great too ~ 1k max size, 
quick (14 - 20 min), reliable, repeatable - under $75 if you go 
Goodwill for the $3 breadmakers & use a good heat gun @ 
Lowes/Home Depot/Amazon.
And I get to watch that bean mass swirl around and change 
colors! Mondo zen moments.
Bob ~ Parker, CO

6) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 17, 2009, at 2:21 PM, Bob wrote:
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Don't even need a BM. I do just fine with a metal fry basket and a  
scrap rice cooker pan - the handle on the fry basket lets me agitate  
the beans by shaking, and I can just lift it out and over a fan when  
I'm done.
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7) From: Bob
true, but I can sit on my chair & read a book while the BM stirs 
& smoke swirls when I'm feeling really lazy. ;~)
ooo, ooo, I even dump them into my old stir crazy with the fan 
mounted over it to cool them.
but I like the fry basket idea, all the chaff gets pushed out 
while you stir I bet.
Bob

8) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 17, 2009, at 3:19 PM, Bob wrote:
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Nah, most of it floats up and into the big metal bowl I have  
surrounding it, to double-insulate it and keep it from burning my legs.
Occasionally I'll blow it out from the bowl in a "chaff storm" over  
my kids, if they're "helping" me roast.
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9) From:
I have been exceedingly happy with my Behmor for the last 15 months. Well worth it.
Dean De Crisce
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10) From: MikeG
My comments mirror John Mac's.  My Hottop B sits next to the Beemer
rarely used.  Behmor gives me a better cup than I can buy anywhere
when coupled with SM's uber quality beans and I like the 12oz batch
size and ease of use.   Just make sure beforehand that you have
adaquate power, easily done with a $20 investment on ebay for a
Kil-a-watt.
I ended up having a buddy rewire my garage 'cause I'm on a poor
section of the grid so needed wiring running straight to the breaker
box.
Mike
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12) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 18, 2009, at 12:29 PM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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The 751b is awfully heavy.
I have a Master Appliance PH-1100.
This is an older one, which is slightly more beefy (1450W, IIRC) than  
the 1300W one in current production.
But it's a heckuva lot lighter than the 751b :)
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allon
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13) From: Brian Kamnetz
Allon,
I suspend my 751b from a tripod, which is sold for suspending kettles
above campfires, so the weight of the 751b is a non-issue for me. But
when I used to have to hand-hold it, it was a bear, especially given
how long the handle is. I dreaded roasting with it. With the 751b
suspended, all I need to do is swing it around over the roasting
beans. I can easily raise and lower it as well (it is suspend by a
device that was intended for suspended lamps, the kind you can raise
and lower, such as might be used over a dinner table), so it is easy
to control the rate of roast by raising or lowering the heat gun.
Unfortunately, these "hanging cords" are no longer available where I
bought mine.
Brian
On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 4:25 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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14) From: John Grubbs
I roast with a heat gun and bread machine and love the process. I have yet
to encounter a problem with inadequate heat for a roast. Though my usual
roasts are around 1/2 lb., I've done several 1 lb. roasts and one 1-1/2 lb.,
all without any problems generating enough heat. My Ryobi 1200 watt heat gun
is a very simple 3-speed and is at the low ends of both the power and weight
scales. I paid $18 for it at Big Lots. (Granted, my typical voltage level is
slightly over 120, so I likely get the full 1200 watts, if not a little
more.)
The Ryobi has done  about 80 roasts over the course of 13 months or so and
shows no signs of slowing down. The only protection the gun gets is the
addition of an aluminum plate -- slightly thicker than a pie pan and about
the same size. I cut a hole in the center of the plate and attached it over
the snout of the gun, held in place by the plastic snout protector. This
acts as a shield to prevent most of the reflected heat and flying chaff from
getting sucked into the gun. As is common with such modifications, this is
not an original idea. I saw something similar used on another heat gun
roaster.
John in Birmingham, not roasting tonight.
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15) From: Mark Lizotte
John in Nor Cal...
Thanks for the confidence building. I am going to purchase a Behmor...as so=
on as my TAX $$$ gets deposited.
Like the other Mark...I've been using a WB Poppery II. I've had mixed succe=
ss. I cannot wait to to get the Behmor. I've checked out the customer servi=
ce with Behmor and am impressed.
I NEED COFFEE!
From: John Mac 
To: homeroast
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 9:31:25 AM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] From gateway to the hard stuff....
Mark,
I have been roasting with a Behmor for over a year now and just love it.
Some of the more hardcore roasters out there need the profile control that
other machines have to offer, I don't.
Dollar for dollar you can't do much better than the Behmor IMHO. I can
produce great coffee time and time again. Can I duplicate an exact roast
every time? Who knows.  I don't care because I'm drinking great coffee
regardless of the exact roast profile. I'm not a professional cupper and few
of us out there are anyway, so you need to decide where you want to spend
your hard earned coin. If you want to make a major step up and advance your
roasting ability, buy the Behmor, you won't be disappointed, that is unless
you need exacting control and roast repeatability. Keep watching this post
as you will see tons of replies and opinions expressed.
Cheers!
John in Nor Cal
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