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Topic: Preheat on the Behmor (4 msgs / 115 lines)
1) From: Ira
At 04:21 PM 7/13/2009, you wrote:
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I use preheat only to make sure that I don't run out of time. As long 
as you place the beans in the roaster before starting all that 
pre-heat does is let you extend the roast time and push the cycling 
on of the afterburner out by the preheat time.  Since I'm guessing 2 
minutes is not enough time to get to the first time the thermostat 
cycles you really can't use it for anything other than extending the 
roast.  If you preheat on anything other than P1 or P2 you'll be 
extending the low temperature drying time which might not be what you 
want or you'll be pressing the "-" button a lot which is advised 
against in the manual.
There is a safety in the Behmor which says that if the internal 
temperature is above something the start button will be disabled so 
there is a limit to how long you can preheat and how much time you 
can take between pressing Off and Start. When I miss that target, 
it's pull the chaff tray and drum, run to the freezer for an ice 
cube, cool down the thermistor in the back right corner, put the drum 
in and press start. if it starts, replace the chaff tray and close 
the door. I don't recommend it, Behmor for sure doesn't recommend it 
as you're putting your hand right next to a red hot heating element, 
but it does solve the problem and save the roast.
I tend to roast 12 ounces of beans, preheat for 1.5 to 2 minutes and 
then press Off, 1lb, P2, B, Start and I tend to hit first crack 
within 10 or 15 seconds either way of the temperature drop at 12 minutes.
Back when I was testing it, my voltage was 119-120 idle and 115-116 
with the heater and afterburner on.
Ira
www.extrasensory.com/BehmorThing.htm
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2) From: Scott Miller
This is perzactly the most commonly used roasting method for 12-13 oz
batches for me as well.
cheers,
Scott
On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Ira  wrote:
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3) From: michael brown
interesting, i'll have to try it.
what i do now is load 7-8 oz (usually Ethiopians) 1#, P5, D, subtract down =
to 2 or 3 min, press start, then add back my time (usually max it out) and =
i still don't get to 1st crack until 15-17min.  I've done one modification =
with the help of behmor customer service that helped out.  after some use t=
here was a point when i never reached a 1st crack at all!!
i guess i'd be more interested in seeing what happens if i preheat WITHOUT =
the beans, then add the beans (being careful not to burn myself) and then r=
oast in my usual manner.  =
Michael B
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4) From: Seth Grandeau
Michael,
I follow the same procedure (1#, P5, subtract to 2 min, start, back up to
20) when trying to get a City or City+ roast and I usually hit first crach
at 13 minutes (anywhere between 12 and 16, really)
If yours is going slower than that, it may make more sense to use P1.
Good luck.
-Seth
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