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bigjoedo
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 11:46am
Subject: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

Hello,

      Have had a HotTop Roaster for about 6 years, nice roaster great roasts. I paid $600, the issue I had was I paid for the roaster twice. By that I mean bought it the first time, over the years had to change the control panel, Main Circuit Board, Heating elements, motor twice, fan, Fusible link, ejection solenoid twice, Bearing plate + Temperature Sensor. Anyone else have similar experiences? The new Models, are $900 and up.

      So I bought a Behmor 1600, for $300 have done 4 roasts and it works well. I usually Roast City or City+ no darker.

      Any tips from other Behmor owners? Thanks

                                                      Bigjoedo
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 3:36pm
Subject: Re: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

I did kind of the same thing, I bought a HT, never replaced a thing, I had it for a few years and the Behmor came out, so I sold the HT and bought the Behmor. In a years time I bought the HT again and have both now. The HT runs every sunday and the Behmor collects dust. I just like the beans out of the HT better.
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 9:05pm
Subject: Re: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

steamer Said:

I did kind of the same thing, I bought a HT, never replaced a thing, I had it for a few years and the Behmor came out, so I sold the HT and bought the Behmor. In a years time I bought the HT again and have both now. The HT runs every sunday and the Behmor collects dust. I just like the beans out of the HT better.

Posted April 24, 2013 link

 Is that a tip, as the OP asked for, or what?

Anyway, a Kill-A-Watt is handy to use with the Behmor if your electrical grid is not stellar, like many of us have to deal with.  

Profile P2 is great once you have a good handle on when 1C starts for each type of bean or blend you roast.  You'll be getting some great roasts that way.

Also note that your roasts do not have to get to 2C to be great.  I've had good success with Full City roasts lately.

One more:  don't use an extension cord with the Behmor unless it is 12 gauge or less (I have an 8 gauge monster) and fairly short.

 
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Posted Sat May 11, 2013, 7:08am
Subject: Re: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

Also, many Behmor users do some door-opening during key parts of the roast (such as just before estimated 1C onset and during 1C or 2C) to stretch out these parts of the roast.
There are previous threads on this subject.

Good luck!
I've been very happy with the Behmor.
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Posted Sun May 12, 2013, 9:16am
Subject: Re: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

Prof Said:

Also note that your roasts do not have to get to 2C to be great.  I've had good success with Full City roasts lately.

Posted April 24, 2013 link

Now that's a good tip ;))    

(try a nice Central American or Bolivian at FC - yum)
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 3:58pm
Subject: Re: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

Try preheating your roaster and chaff tray for 2min. before inserting your loaded drum. I think it gives the roast a fuller taste and also cuts roasting time down a bit.

I will use the open door trick to stretch out the roast using only the p1 setting. I think opening the door during the other roast profiles gives to great a chance to stall the roast. I have successfuly stretched the time between 1c - 2c to about 3:30 min on p1 profile, open door about 1/4 open for a 5sec count right before 1c starts (for me 1c starts at 10 to 11 min. in for most varitals) after that 10 sec closed 5sec open. Depending on varital 2c will happen between 3 and 3:30.

while cooling your roast after 2 min to cool down electronics, open your door and put a small fan on your beans or pull your drum(if your comfortable doing it) to cool your beans faster. It will give your roast a sweeter taste.

Just a few tips for you to try. I run back to back Behmors and have had great results with these tips.
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 8:47pm
Subject: Re: Made the Switch on Roaster
 

Swinging the door open at the end of the roast does tremendous things for my roasts in terms of aromas and development as the beans rest.. if I don't, the taste seems pretty flat and the aroma almost nonexistent. Of course, the darker the roast, the longer I wait before I swing it open. If I'm roasting Full City+ or more (french roast blend or italian espresso blended for dark), I will crack the door almost immediately cause the beans start getting crazy and progressively open it all the way. Yeah it makes a big mess, but I roast in the garage and bought a $15 shop vac for the roaster. Careful!
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