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    Fire in the hole

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    OK will admit to it. First time roasting with the Behmore 1600 was not quite as expected.

    All exciting stuff, first crack, looking sweet. 1/4 pound in the cylinder and P1 as a newbie. Then a bean fire and Err2 with a house full of smoke the result. Sad looking beans met their maker.

    Now awaiting the 3 hour cool down and try again suggested in the manual. - guess it will take me that long to clean it up again.

    Anyone got any suggestions? :-X


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    Re: Fire in the hole

    I have found first crack hard to hear with a lot of beans mate and what you thought was first crack was more than likely 2nd crack.

    Try P2 as it profiles better and is not as harsh as P1.

    P2 will taper off during the roast. *You want to try and get to 1st crack around the time of the temp drop and let the beans coast to 2nd crack. *Watch out though as the profile ramps back up to 100% power for the last bit of the roast and you want to manually stop the roast before this time.

    So just play around with the starting weight to achieve these goals, a few trial and error roasts later and you will get the hand of it pretty quick.

    Use the search function though as there are a couple of threads that will explain most of what you need to know.

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    Re: Fire in the hole

    P1 just looks far too aggressive from the manual that came with it, follow what everyone else has done for their first roast and done a 1/4 or 1/2 pound roast on P2/B setting

    Seems to work really well for me in most cases, I even let it go all the way or even add a little bit of time at the end so the beans will just go into SC in the cooling cycle

    If youre using P2, from my own experience you want to listen out for FC at around 75% into the roasting time

    I almost had a fire with my first roast as well, so dont lose faith in your ability

    Maybe you could sell your beans to *$ ??

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    Re: Fire in the hole

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Quote Originally Posted by 60686B6160727572070 link=1269742646/0#0 date=1269742646
    OK will admit to it. * First time roasting with the Behmore 1600 was not quite as expected.

    All exciting stuff, first crack, looking sweet. * 1/4 pound in the cylinder and P1 as a newbie. * Then a bean fire and Err2 with a house full of smoke the result. * * Sad looking beans met their maker.

    Now awaiting the 3 hour cool down and try again suggested in the manual. * - guess it will take me that long to clean it up again.

    Anyone got any suggestions? * :-X
    Hi there
    I badly burnt some png small *beans and like you, totally missed *first crack.
    i repeated the error again *later and have yet to retry on those beans.
    I have *had *good success *using larger beans and *am building up the *courage to try *again.
    I am thinking about using *smaller *batches and a *less aggressive *profile *but look forward to hearing other peoples *ideas *with the *behmor



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