I roast with a Behmor and I have two drums, the one with the standard
spacing and the one with the smaller spacing.
This evening, I roasted 8 ounces of decaf Brazil Cerrado WP Decaf to a nice
Full City Roast in the smaller grid drum.
While it was cooling, I measured out 8 ounces of Guatemala Fraijanes - Finca
Agua Tibia in the larger grid drum.
When the decaf was done, I took the finished roast out, vacuumed and wiped
out the inside of the roaster. Normally, I would put the roasted beans into
my colander and weigh them, and put them into a bag, then weigh out the next
I wanted to start the second roast quickly, which is why I measured out my
second roast in advance.
I put the drum back in and setup the roaster for the new roast. I did a 2
minute preheat on P1, then switched to 1/2 lb P2 for 13:20. I watch the
BehmorThing like a hawk. 1C should start at the 8 minute mark. Well,
around the 6 minute mark I smell something that I should not smell, and I
look and smoke is billowing out of the roaster. [Note - only smoke, smoke
I hit cool, I turn on the light, the beans are so black. How did this
happen???? So Fast????
After opening some windows and turning on more fans and calming myself down,
I decide never to do that 2 minute preheat ever again. I decide to put away
my decaf roast. I look over, and instead of seeing the drum with the
roasted decaf beans, I see the drum with the green beans.
I had put the decaf drum with the beans already roasted to Full City back
into the roaster - egads!!
So, all is well.
I decide to go ahead and roast the Guatemalan beans. I put them in, start
my 2 minute preheat, and decide to tell my story to the list. Well, as I am
typing, I glance over and instead of noticing when 2 minutes is up, I fear
that about 5 minutes have gone by.
I can't stop the roast and restart it, it's beyond that point. The roast
will have to wait some more.
What a disaster! Ah well, live and learn.
Normally, for a Full City decaf, my beans lose no more than 14% of their
original weight. These beans came in with a 22.5% loss and are blacker and
oilier than any beans I have ever seen, a true full French roast or beyond.
A perfect gift for my in-laws!
This taught me a few things:
Don't roast when you don't feel well and are in a hurry, doing the laundry,
the dishes and watching the Tour de France, and sending an email, all at 11
Thank you all for listening, and for your tremendous insights, I do learn
something new every day from this great group.
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