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    Behmor 1600 first roast

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    Hi all,

    Today I performed my first ever roast (other than a popcorn maker) using an old Behmor 1600 (not the Plus model) that was lent to me by a friend. I used 200g of Sulawesi Blue for the test.

    I used P1 and got the first crack at 11.12. I never got to the second crack as it went into cool mode before SC came. Basically I was roasting outdoors here in Perth and it is freezing today, around 10 degrees when I was roasting. I suspect this may have slowed the process down a bit. When I saw the time was counting down close to zero when the FC had only just started I added time on, however at a certain point I reach the limit and I could not add any more time. When the cool mode started the FC was still going strong (I guess this is called the rolling FC?). Ideally I think another 30 seconds may have been perfect however the end result looks ok. Perhaps a tad lightish but not too bad. The proof will be in the taste in a few days so looking forward to that.

    Do you think I should have pre-warmed the unit for a couple of minutes before commencing the roast? Is this what others do or do you not worry with pre-warming the unit?

    I have tried to upload a photo, hopefully it works out.

    I can see this coffee roasting thing may be slightly addictive. :-) I have enjoyed reading everything on coffee snobs that has gotten me to this point.

    Cheers,
    Shewey
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    Just got my machine this week and am trying the same thing. I'm doing 100g roasts as per the manual, looking forward to tasting the results!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shewey View Post
    Hi all,

    Today I performed my first ever roast (other than a popcorn maker) using an old Behmor 1600 (not the Plus model) that was lent to me by a friend. I used 200g of Sulawesi Blue for the test.

    I used P1 and got the first crack at 11.12. I never got to the second crack as it went into cool mode before SC came. Basically I was roasting outdoors here in Perth and it is freezing today, around 10 degrees when I was roasting. I suspect this may have slowed the process down a bit. When I saw the time was counting down close to zero when the FC had only just started I added time on, however at a certain point I reach the limit and I could not add any more time. When the cool mode started the FC was still going strong (I guess this is called the rolling FC?). Ideally I think another 30 seconds may have been perfect however the end result looks ok. Perhaps a tad lightish but not too bad. The proof will be in the taste in a few days so looking forward to that.

    Do you think I should have pre-warmed the unit for a couple of minutes before commencing the roast? Is this what others do or do you not worry with pre-warming the unit?

    I have tried to upload a photo, hopefully it works out.

    I can see this coffee roasting thing may be slightly addictive. :-) I have enjoyed reading everything on coffee snobs that has gotten me to this point.

    Cheers,
    Shewey

    Drop the payload (e.g. 190g rather than 200g) in colder weather. I'm presuming that you hit 'start' when the warning message came up 75% of the way through the roast?
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    The non plus versions limit the time you can extend, the plus lets you keep pressing C to increase the duration (I haven't reached the limit).

    As above, just drop the weight a bit in cold weather. Pre heating is tricky to repeat to the same level consistently and if you over do it it wont let you start the roast as it thinks its too hot.

    Cheers
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    Thanks guys, good idea to drop the payload. I did not think of that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    The non plus versions limit the time you can extend.
    i guess we could say that the shewey is 'somewhat nonplussed'.
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    Psst. it's called use the kitchen.

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    Hey Shapeshifter, actually you bring up another question. I brought the roaster inside and did two roasts there, and both set off my smoke alarm for 5 minutes. :-) It is not like the roast went too far, but I guess there is just enough output to trigger the detector. I guess the trick is to do it under the rangehood. (another lesson learned)

    Incidentally I am just sipping on an expresso of my 3rd roast (Ethiopian Ghimbi) which is surprisingly quite tasty. I did not taste my first roasts, due to the first being way under and the second being way over to the point where it must have been close to catching fire. It was very much a good lesson there. In hindsight the second crack was in full swing, however at the time I misjudged it as the rolling first crack. Since then I have done a few roasts which have gone quite nicely so looking forward to tasting those in a few days. I also have a better system with timers etc running. I will have to look into some probes and profiling software next. Very much enjoying learning the craft.

    Cheers all,
    Shewey

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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Never hurts to try any roast, worst case they taste like #%^% and you spit it out.

    The only blotched roast I didn't try was when the paddle fell off on the coretto unnoticed and half the beans were still green!

    Cheers



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