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    Roasted my first ever batch of green beans 5 days ago and could wait no longer.

    I got the beanbay starter pack and decided the Brazil Pulped natural would be the first to roast.

    Used a popcorn maker i picked up via the Pay it Forward section here. According to my appalling handwriting i reached 1st crack at 3:20, 2nd crack at 6:30 and then took the beans out at 7:00 and into a wire strainer where i tossed them about for 5 minutes to cool then down.

    Now drinking a doppio ristretto and it is quite smoky, earthy but also has a long tangy/fruity finish. Very simple compared to Andys Espresso WOW i have been drinking the last few days which for my palate is quite a complex shot.

    According to the card i think i took the beans all the way to the far right hand side. Is that CS10? There are 12 pics of the card so I am assuming the first is CS0 and the green bean so is the far right CS11?

    Anyway, just had to tell someone as my partner rolled her eyes, much the same way she does when i ask her to try one of my beers.

  • #2
    Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

    I would call that a CS12... and maybe a little too dark for my tastes but the beauty of home roasting is that you can get it to where you like it best.

    I would suggest roasting the same weight of beans and pulling the next roast a little earlier, take more notes and see if you like it better. The 5 minute cool down might be "over running" the roast a little too, so allow for that when you pull the roast.

    That Brazil is one that "should" roast a little lighter given the same amount of heat but after a couple of tried you will find your own sweet spot.

    Most of all... enjoy the journey!
    8-)

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    • #3
      Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

      I would suggest the beginning of second crack (CS9 to CS 10) is a starting point.

      ambient temperature and batch size will change the times.

      have fun and enjoy your roasting

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      • #4
        Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

        Thanks for the responses, out to the shed i go to roast another batch of the Brazil!

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        • #5
          Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

          Roasted a few more batches of Brazil (pulled at the start of 2nd crack and much lighter, CS9-10) and tonight belted out 3 batches of the Vietnam Son La Arabica, stopped at 2nd crack and this time cooled on a fly wire screen i use for drying hops and fruit. With the nice cool evening breeze it cooled the beans down to ambient in 2 mins flat.

          Also noticed that the Vietnam beans took 2 mins longer to reach 2nd crack than the Brazil and are CS8 or thereabouts whereas the Brazil at 2nd crack looks more like CS9-10.

          Taking notes each time so hopefully i am learning!

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          • #6
            Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

            The great thing about home roasting is that you can get it to where you like it best! This is now my preferred option.

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            • #7
              Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

              I hate you all.

              On Jan 24th i roasted my first batch of beans using a popper.

              Today i paid for a Behmor.

              What have you bastards done to me ;D

              Enjoyed playing around with the popper but the limitations eventually got to me. Too small a capacity meaning i needed to roast often. Roasts were quick, 1C in 3-4 mins and 2C at 6-7 mins. Id like a slower roast.

              Read up on the correto but it required some DIY skills i dont have and time i am just not prepared to give to a project with the far too many hobbies i have not too mention life in general.

              So looking forward to getting my hands on the Behmor sometime next week and producing something better.

              Think i will be spending some serious time over easter reading up on peoples experiences with the Behmor before diving in.

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              • #8
                Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

                Originally posted by 6A5C7D435B5C5A412E0 link=1327813494/6#6 date=1333418989
                So looking forward to getting my hands on the Behmor sometime next week and producing something better.
                Id say youll have it before the weekend...

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                • #9
                  Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

                  Know the feeling regarding upgraditis. When I first chanced upon the site, it was to research a cheapish beginner level coffee set up. A baseline sunbeam or breville.

                  Research only escalated to my final purchase of a VBM and compak grinder.

                  Sine then, my coffeesnobs time has led to the acquisition of a hario mini hand grinder, an aeropress, a presso and a handpresso.

                  What is worse, I have problems drinking what passes for coffee on my recent trip to the US (that us the reason for my portable kit)

                  Just lashed out for the I coffee. Chose that roaster as I wanted to get a feel for the sounds and basics of roasting. I suspect this is not my last acquisition

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                  • #10
                    Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

                    Roasted the first batch in the Behmor this evening. Was a little distracted as I was brewing an oatmeal stout at the same time and consequently the beans got to a rolling 2nd crack before i hit cool. CS10-11 i think.

                    I used 310g of beans (Peru) on the 1lb, P2, C setting. First crack with 10 mins to go, hit cool with 6 mins to go. I think the fact its chilly up here in the hills the cooling (with door ajar) was faster and the rolling 2nd crack stopped quite quickly but i know now to keep a much better eye on the roaster.

                    Ending up with 250g of brown beans from 1 roast is exactly what i wanted to achieve. I might even take some to work for the coffee club.

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                    • #11
                      Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

                      That is exactly the same as me except I generally leave the door closed but the timings are identical. You might even like CS10-11 - I do.

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                      • #12
                        Re: First time roasting - Brazil Pulped natural

                        I like CS10-11 but have found that blending in some CS9 really rounds out the palate even if its simply the same bean roasted lighter.

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