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Topic: Behmor roster for darker roasts (14 msgs / 263 lines)
1) From: Phil Miller
I have been using a Behmor for about a month and have roasted about 15 lbs,
I know not much but I am the only one in the house that drinks coffee. I
have been using the 1 lb setting P5 and reducing the time to about 20 min
for a F.C. It would easily burn the beans if left in for a few more minutes.
It is not a problem roasting for expresso, I like mine a bit more than FC .
I have been told that I have low voltage, A Fresh roast burned beans in
anything over 3 minutes. I checked the voltage and it is 120.7 Volts. Hmm my
electricity must be different than the rest of the US. I would think that a
reostat like that used to lower light output could be used to get a darker
roast.
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2) From: Dan Zwell
In the US, 120V is considered the standard, so your voltage is perfectly 
normal.
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3) From: Alchemist John
Why would you think lowering the voltage would get you a darker roast?
Who told you you had low voltage?
I am kind of confused about the whole post.
At 10:51 PM 8/3/2009, you wrote:
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4) From: Doug Hoople
There are a lot of roasters on this list that have voltage
regulation/manipulation devices on their roasters and espresso machines. I
don't know much about them myself, but I do know that the folks who have
these things think they're pretty important.
Doug
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5) From: raymanowen
If you really only want the roast to look darker, wear shades. How's the
cup?
Otherwise, you're near the median 115v - 125v voltage distribution range.
For heat power, the 120.7v should be adequate. Is the roaster is getting
that much power under load?
1600 watts would draw 13.3a on a 120v lighting circuit, 89% of full rated
load.
Operate the roaster from a duplex (dual) receptacle, while you measure the
voltage at the other outlet. It is unlikely that a 15a lighting circuit,
wired with 14ga wire, will supply that voltage under such a high load. The
voltage is at the breaker in the service panel, but dissipates as heat in
the copper wires when you slam the circuit with the heavy load.
Joe Behm has no control of the electric outlets you use for the Behmor
roaster.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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6) From: raymanowen
"..the folks who have these things think they're pretty important."
Honestly, when a problem exists in the electric system, (usually, it's a
poor Neutral return line or a massively unbalanced building electric load)
adding "Gimmicks" rather than solving the basic problem just tend to
exacerbate the problem.
Hydrazine drag fuel won't make a 6.7L Edsel run like a 3.0L Porsche 911.
Ignoring basic problems solves none.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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7) From: Doug Hoople
"Hydrazine drag fuel won't make a 6.7L Edsel run like a 3.0L Porsche 911.
Ignoring basic problems solves none."
Keeping the fuel clean, though, can make a 6.7L Edsel run like a 6.7L Edsel.
Far better than having your 6.7L Edsel run like a rickshaw!
People used to keep filter funnels on board their cruising sailboats for
tanking up while cruising south of the Mexican border. The real fix should
have been to clean up the whole coastal Mexican diesel delivery
infrastructure, but that was a little beyond the typical cruising sailor's
budget.
When the problem's in the infrastructure, and you're not ready yet to spend
the infrastructure bucks to fix it (i.e., you don't repave if you've got a
water main that's got to be repaired first), then sometimes remedial fixes
make a lot of sense.
Your predilection for the perfect solution, RayO, flies in the face of many
solutions that are good enough.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good!
Doug
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8) From: Yakster
But the question now is, can you brew coffee in a (clean) filter funnel?
How does it taste?
I saw some of these the other day and wondered this very thing.
I've been pondering how to best build a siphon coffee maker, but I may see
if I can pick up a Yama while in Taiwan.
-Chris
On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM, Doug Hoople  wrote:
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9) From: Bob Hazen
Hydrazine may make a 6.7L Edsel act like a PO'd Saturn V.  Nitromethane is 
top fuel dragsters juice.  Not that a 6.7L Edsel would like it any better 
than Hydrazine.
Bob

10) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 5, 2009, at 7:04 PM, Yakster wrote:
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Now I'm worried about people siphoning coffee from my tank. No wonder  
portafilters lock.
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allon
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11) From: raymanowen
The Dateline of This
Storyis
about the right time for my recollections of Hydrazine on the strip
and
coffee in the BU student center. The EE labs were the first posted "No open
coffee" I'd seen. Became a temporary junkie at the Student Center, not that
I *liked* their coffee.
The story sounds far fetched. No way could a little snake oil  wring more
energy out of a gallon of gasoline, but what do I know? It's toxic as
blazes, unstable and unfriendly towards aluminum engine parts, like pistons
with melted crowns.
Another story speaks
of Hydrazine's use as a Nitro/ Methanol drag fuel additive. I know
nothing. Picture of pistons and rods on the crank.The rest of the engine is
gone.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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12) From: Bob Hazen
Eee-yikes!  Never heard of Hydrazine in the tank.  Those guys had nerve. 
Nasty stuff indeed.  One wonders what the MSDS sheet looks like.
Speaking of which:  A number of years ago, I got such a razzing from my 
co-workers about my coffee that my coffee cup soon sported an MSDS sticker.
Bob
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13) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 9, 2009, at 1:19 PM, Bob Hazen wrote:
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14) From: Bob Hazen
Now >thats< amusing!  The author seems to have a "thing" about Louisiana 
coffee.  Can't say I truly enjoyed New Orleans Coffee.  But, it can be 
considered the price of entry for the beignets.
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