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Topic: Behmor 1600 and small beans (8 msgs / 167 lines)
1) From: Jim Gundlach
I have been ordering beans by numeric rating lately, the procedure I  
use is to look for a total SweetMaria's rating score of 90 or more and  
only accept those that have a somewhat lower score on brightness than  
on most of the other rated dimensions.  However, this has resulted in  
my getting more than half my beans too small to roast in the Behmor  
because many of them fall through and get stuck in the holes in the  
mesh drum during the roasting process.  Now I have the later and  
smaller mesh drum so getting the newer drum won't help.   But, this  
bean selection method has me resorting to my older roasting methods,  
mostly hand stirring while roasting in a wok over a gas fire.  Now, my  
health has improved to the point that roasting in the wok  is not  
really a problem but I do kind of miss the handiness of having the TV  
and computer displayed on a large screen in front of me and the Behmor  
on the desk to my left at about the same distance and running at the  
same time.  The small beans take me from doing three things at the  
same time to doing only one.  This kind of goes against my efforts to  
make the most of my remaining life which is a response to surviving a  
disease that has a 94% mortality rate.  And, I do wonder why this  
method of selecting beans leads to getting so many small ones.
             pecan jim
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Pecan Man, it's always a Joy to see you still posting. Don't know what to
say about your selection procedure resulting in many small beans but, as you
know life's too short to compromise. Get a HotTop. It couldn't care less
about bean size and roasts closest to a commercial drum roast of any off the
shelf sub $4k roaster hands down. And if you have the bucks forget the
HotTop and get a US Roaster Corp .5k. You seriously would not regret it. It
is without a doubt a home roaster's dream machine.
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3) From: Steven Van Dyke
Ditto on being glad to still have you here with us Jim!
Depending on your batch size the GeneCafe is another roaster that has 
no problem with bean sizes.
And for these situations where you can't do as many things at a time 
as you'd like, well... I say get the absolute *most* out of the 
thing(s) you are doing.
P.S.: Not being a Behmor owner I don't know - can you make a liner 
out of window screen (assuming you can find some screen that can take 
the temps and won't outgas anything toxic the first few times).
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4) From: Dave
I use a Behmor, the newer drum has helped, but sometimes the beans are still
too small.
When I have small beans, I start with a 5 minute cooling cycle.That lets
most of the smallest fall through before I roast. A few still fall through
or get stuck and burn. But I can live with it...
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
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5) From: Jim Gundlach
Dave,
     Thanks for the idea!  Here is what I am doing with it.  I take  
the small beans and run them for a few minutes after putting them in  
the older round wire mesh roasting container which has slightly larger  
holes in the mesh than the new cylinder.  I then put them in for a few  
minutes on cooling cycle.  I will then roast the beans that did not  
fall out of the cylinder in the newer cylinder, they should work quite  
well.  I will collect the extra small beans and when I have enough I  
will do a wok roast of the mixture of supper small beans.  Money is a  
little tight right now because we are trying to get a new metal roof,  
of about 4,600 square feet, put on our old house and all the extra  
money is going to that project for a while.  Once the new metal roof  
is in place I will start looking at the suggestions for roasters that  
have no problem with the smaller beans.
      Thanks for the help.
           pecan jim
On May 12, 2010, at 8:06 AM, Dave wrote:
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6) From: Sandy Andina
great idea, Dave & Jim!
On May 12, 2010, at 9:55 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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7) From: Jim Gundlach
I had a little over three pounds of the Ethiopia FTO DP Sidamo Shoye  
Union beans and ran them through the screening process described below  
and got 170 grams,  0.375 pounds, of little beans out of the process.   
Well on the way to having enough little beans to do the little bean  
roast.
        pecan jim
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8) From: Jim Gundlach
One more bean screened before going to bed.  Four pounds of Ethopia  
Organic Yirga Cheffa, Koke Coop, only added 0.51 ounces to the small  
beans to be roasted by hand bag.
       pecan jim
On May 12, 2010, at 10:20 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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