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mariog7
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 2:36pm
Subject: Trouble Profiling with Behmor
 

Hi, All.  I've had my Behmor for about a year and always stuck to P1. So I tried venturing into other profiles, bit without success. On P2, I can't finish 1st crack before the power drop. In other words, the roast enters first crack, drops power, then first crack starts up again when power is restored at the end of the profile.  Tried P3, and I run out of time and can't finish first crack, even extending as long as possible. For both scenarios I do a 2 minute preheat and I'm roasting 8 oz set to half pound. I'm in a newer house with excellent electrical and measured no voltage drop.

I have no issues whatsoever using P1.  Always roast full city / FC+ and tastes great.  Guess I'm going to stick with what works.  But has anyone else out there had the same issues profiling with behmor?

Thanks.
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 6:19pm
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Use the #1 setting for your 8 to 12 oz roasts.  Then you will have enough time to play around with the profiles.  Many Behmor users do exactly that.

If you are curious, get a KillaWatt meter and measure the voltage when P1 is underway.  It should be above 115V or more (mine is usually 118V full load).

 
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 6:32pm
Subject: Re: Trouble Profiling with Behmor
 

mariog7 Said:

Hi, All.  I've had my Behmor for about a year and always stuck to P1. So I tried venturing into other profiles, bit without success. On P2, I can't finish 1st crack before the power drop. In other words, the roast enters first crack, drops power, then first crack starts up again when power is restored at the end of the profile.  Tried P3, and I run out of time and can't finish first crack, even extending as long as possible. For both scenarios I do a 2 minute preheat and I'm roasting 8 oz set to half pound. I'm in a newer house with excellent electrical and measured no voltage drop.

I have no issues whatsoever using P1.  Always roast full city / FC+ and tastes great.  Guess I'm going to stick with what works.  But has anyone else out there had the same issues profiling with behmor?

Thanks.

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to measure the power drop p2,  take note what time 1c finishes while doing a p1 roast. then ajust your time on the first leg of p2 to match.
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 6:37pm
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kboom1 Said:

to measure the power drop p2,  take note what time 1c finishes while doing a p1 roast. then ajust your time on the first leg of p2 to match.

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Thanks, but how can you adjust only the first leg on P2?  I am using the max time with P2. I thought you can only add time to the last leg on the fly.
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 12:29pm
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You can't adjust the times on the front end, only the duration on the back end.  

I started out trying the different program settings, and then I read a post by Joe Behm (tahoejoe on this forum) where he said he uses P3 for almost everything.  He's had a lot more experience with this roaster than I have, so if he says it's a good overall setting, I don't feel the need to experiment.  

The single best thing you can do to improve your results is to quickly cool the beans.  Don't leave them in the roaster during the cool cycle.
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 1:34pm
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TulsaMike Said:

The single best thing you can do to improve your results is to quickly cool the beans.  Don't leave them in the roaster during the cool cycle.

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Yes.  I wonder if there is any planning for a new model?  A powerful fan for cooling is needed.
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 6:32pm
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mariog7, have you already tried changing off of the default Program A at the same time you're using P2 or P3? The other Programs (B, C, D) lengthen your overall roast times.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 6:41pm
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I've had it wth all profiles beside P1. Tried P3 several times today.  Roasting 7oz in 1/2 lb mode, P3 D (15 mins) and even adding max time on the fly, I ca t get through first crack. No voltage problems either.
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 7:42pm
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Are you roasting hard beans?  If so, I wouldn't venture past P2.

P3 says it's for "soft bean, low grown, & espresso blends" & spends more than half of its roast time at only 70%-80% power. It may not have enough time at 100% power for hard beans, even on Program D (only 6 min 45 sec at 100%).

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with a lot of different bean types, so I'd have to rely on the chart in the manual.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 7:47pm
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Thanks, guys. My results always seemed great on P1, so on second thought, why stress...
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