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Topic: Moving From WhirleyPop to Behmor (8 msgs / 168 lines)
1) From: Dan Kellgren
Just ordered (well, Friday night) the Behmor 1600 roaster from SM (with the
nice 8lbs. of included greens).  I've roasted for YEARS with my manual
stainless WhirleyPop, Coleman stove, stopwatch, Fluke digital thermometer,
flashlight, and collendar with fan for cooling.  UPS says it arrives
Monday.  Can't wait to experiment!
Dan
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2) From: Yakster
Congrats, Dan, I think you'll really enjoy it.
I highly recommend checking out the BehmorThing program if you run a PC or
emulation software at www.behmorthing.com to track your roasts.  I know that
it really helped me with the Behmor learning curve and it also tracks
inventory and temperature during the roast, very nice.  Ira keeps updating
it with community suggestions.
Other then that, you'll have to get used to a different way of thinking
about roasting.  The Behmor runs a program so you need to plan out most of
your roast in advance while manual methods give you more on-the-fly
control.  The BehmorThing program has a duplicate roast feature that you can
use to plan a new roast based on your last roast of the bean and track the
changes, and you can also use tricks like opening the door after first to
slow the roast, etc.  I've been running the Behmor for one minute with the
chaff tray in and without the drum to heat it up prior to the roast so that
my summer and winter roasts are more closely correlated.  The garage isn't
temp controlled, but I'm in California, so it doesn't get brutally cold or
hot.  I've also been using more P3 and P4 roasts then P2 as I'm drinking
more espresso, and with the P3 and P4 roasts I tend to open the door at or
after first to stretch between first and second crack.  I like load sizes
between 10 oz and a full pound for my roasts but usually roast around 13 oz.
Enjoy your toy, I'm waiting on a Vario myself and can't wait.
-Chris
On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 5:25 AM, Dan Kellgren  wrote:
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3) From: Dean
  Hi Dan,
I know a little about how you might feel--I just recently got a Behmor 
after years of roasting in a pair of split-wired Rostos with Variac 
heat control & digital thermocouple thermometers.  One of the motors 
tossed a bearing so I was down to no spare roaster.   I 
described that situation to non-coffee-roasting friends and I goet 
nothing but the goofy look.
A small frustration at first was no way to sample bean temperature. 
(OK--it's still frustrating).  Also the roast development seems to be 
very differnet--the hot air roaster got 1/3# of beans to yellow/tan in 
4-5 minutes and then evenly to first C and second C.  I usually tried 
for a total roast time of around 14-16 minutes for a FC-FC+.  Behmor 
1/2#-P3-D-++ takes >10 min to get to yellow/tan and 12-13 min to start 
of 1C,  tops out at 16 min, which has been barely adequate on a few of 
my first roasts.   I need to work it a bit--maybe try the P1 cycle or 
use less weight.  I hope I get the hang of this one faster than I did 
the Rostos.
Best of luck!
Dean
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4) From: Jim Couch
Put a Half Lb. in the drum and lie to it....tell the roaster it's one pound
use the c button and get very close with 8-6 mins left, when you hear a good
1st crack going then listen for first crack to end and or 2nd to begin
depending on what you are going for.....
Jim
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5) From: Ken Schillinger
Moving From WhirleyPop to Behmor
Congratulations. Enjoy the Behmor; I know I enjoy mine, and would hate to 
give it up.
Ken
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6) From: Dan Kellgren
Thanks for the tip on Behmor Thing.  I just finished entering my (rather
low) inventory into it.  Looks like a sweet little program.  Can't wait to
use it with the roaster!
Dan
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7) From: Dan Kellgren
Dean - I'm rather concerned about temperature monitoring. I currently use a
pretty high-end digital Fluke and now I'm going to roasting blind.  Whole
new world I guess.
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8) From: g paris
Dan:
you will love your Behmor 1600 and you can test away in all sorts of ways.
go for it. there are some profiles here and athttp://www.homeroasters.org/php/news.phpmost likely Coffee Geek has some as well.
Enjoy. I loved mine but was simply stuck on he Hot Top so sold my Behmor.
ginny
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