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Topic: Part of the Home Roaster Club (14 msgs / 274 lines)
1) From: silas coelho
I dont know if I should regret, or I should be proud of myself. But the fact
is that now I'm really part of prestigious group of Home Roaster ! After 2
years with several trials, and misleading, getting bad tastes, and few
outstanding ones (the ones that motivates me to keep trying!), I just now
can really  feel what means be a Home Roaster.
It was a warm, sunny sunday afternoon, nothing but the perfect conditions
(are there any not perfect?) for my roasting. I cleanup my proudly owned
Behmor, removed all left over from previous roast, and started a new batch
(first for the day). I was a little bit dow on roast for while, thanks to
the lack of jars to save my roasted beans, but it was sunday, just got new
jars, and  lets do it again. Of course before start I did some dripping,
with Brazil Canaan Estate (South Minas), for myself and my wife, and it was
great.
For this round of roast, I used some Brazil Cerrado (I dont remember the
farm), it was ok, but most probably I went too much on the FC+ side, getting
to the edge of Vienna, I probably lost a significative amount of flavor
here, but lets see after 3 or 4 days.
Ok, second round, lets clean the Behmor with Vacuum, wait for about 1 hour,
and start again, now will be with SM Classic Expresso Blend, should get just
on the edge of Vienna (recomend for a chocolate), just not a full pound, but
being around 3/4 lb, should be ok, good enough. Turn on the Behmor,
programmed as 1lb (otherwise will not be able to get on the edge of Vienna),
keep my hand cronometer in my hands (as I always do, in case I need to leave
my garage, where I roast it, I can make sure to be around for the 1st and
2nd crack). Just before the 1st crack (or right at 1st or 2nd pop on the
first crack), I left to a short bio visit, on my return....I got my Behmor
engulfed in 2 - 5 inches of flames, smoke in every corner of my garage, and
my wife screaming for the nasty smell!! Of course, as a genius that I'm, I
opened the Behmor door, everything got just worst (more oxigen for burn!!),
unplug my Behmor praying to still be alive!
After many ours of cleaning, removing debris, and cleaning again, and again,
seems my Behmor still alive, and I still got a lot of bad smell in my whole
house (even my dog sneezes).
Proudly Home roaster!
Btw: I did not use the CLassic Expresso Blend in my expresso maker, but it
works pretty well in my Charcoal Based Barbecue Grill :-)
Regards
Silas
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2) From: Greg Hollrigel
Whew!  I thought I had a bad experience when I realized my Behmor cleaning
brush was in the roaster between 1st crack and 2nd crack.  Luckily, the
brush didn't catch on fire, but my bristles are shorter.  I guess it's time
to see if Behmor sells replacement brushes.  :-)  Now ... Greg's lesson for
the weekend, don't store the brush on the chaffe tray.
Good luck Silas.
Greg
On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM, silas coelho wrote:
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3) From: Sandy Andina
That's exactly what happened to me the last time I had a chaff fire!  I now keep my brush (I bought the widest basting brush I could find, since I know its bristles are food-safe, as a replacement) upright in the flatware caddy on the table next to my Behmor.
On May 10, 2010, at 2:11 PM, Greg Hollrigel wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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4) From: Barry Luterman
My major problem with roasting has been my garbage disposal. I have lost
more equipment and parts to that than anything else.Did attract a swarm of
bees to me while roasting outside. Does that count?
On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:11 AM, Greg Hollrigel wrote:
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5) From: Sandy Andina
So THAT's where they all went---colony collapse disorder, my foot.
On May 10, 2010, at 2:20 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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Sandy 
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6) From: Scott Miller
Outdoor roasting and bees has caused me some "exciting" moments, too!
cheers,
Scott
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7) From: Jim Anderson
I have also melted a couple of brushes. Now I keep it between the door and
the chaff tray when I close the door and put the roaster away. That way when
I open the door next time it just falls out.
So far, so good.
Jim
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8) From: Dave
Home roasting means roasting AT home, not roasting THE home;)
I'm glad all turned out ok.
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
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9) From: Dave
Home roasting means roasting AT home, not roasting THE home;)
I'm glad all turned out ok.
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
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10) From: raymanowen
"...attract a swarm of bees to me while roasting outside."
I understand that beekeepers send the hive bees Away by waving a smoke bomb-
kind of like the Pope with a censer- when they want to work the hive/
extract honeycomb. Maybe you attract discriminating bees. What a concept!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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Persist in old ways; expect new results - suborn Insanity...
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11) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Yes I thought that was funny too Ray. Maybe these are new 
smoke-immune bees, and they swarm holding little coffee cups...
Tom
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"Great coffee comes from little roasters" - Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting
               Thompson & Maria -http://www.sweetmarias.com     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
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12) From: Yakster
The smoke actually masks attack pheromones and pacifies the bees so that
they don't attack.  Never used it myself but my dad, grandma, and friends
have kept bees. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-bee-smoker.htmYou guys must be roasting sweet sweet coffee to attract the bees, or it
could just be the aerosolized caffeine from the roasting that they prefer,
as hinted at by this study:http://www.israel21c.org/201002257731/environment/bees-prefer-qcoffee-and-a-cigaretteq-with-their-nectarorhttp://tinyurl.com/2cc7oe9.  Not only do bees like coffee, coffee likes bees
as well according to another study: http://tinyurl.com/2cd4jty.I remember climbing a guyed tower in Georgia... we had to climb the tower
early before the wind picked up because wasps were attracted to the tower...
I think it was the sound of the wind through the tower guys.  Hard to get
away from wasps when your fifty feet in the air on a narrow tower.  Maybe
the bees like the sound of the roasting motor?
-Chris
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13) From: Steve Sakoman
On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:03 PM,   wrote:
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As a beekeeper and home coffee roaster I can confirm that honey bees
are drawn to the smell of roasting coffee.
I roast outdoors and invariably notice several of the girls buzzing
around the Hottop.
Steve
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14) From: Jim Couch
Betcha they hardly ever land on a Hottop and those that never take off. Or,
Hottops don't get as hot as I have been led to believe
On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 12:31 AM, Steve Sakoman  wrote:
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one!"
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