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Posted Fri Apr 25, 2014, 12:27pm
Subject: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

Today at the SCAA show in Seattle, Behmor announced the new Plus roaster.

It looks exactly like the normal 1600 but with a manual mode in addition to the auto mode it currently has.

Basically, choosing the manual mode, you can change the power level from 100% to 75 or 50 or 25 anytime during the roast, and change as often as you like.  There are two temperature readouts, one for the chamber wall and one for the exhaust area.  Drum speed can be toggled from 8 to 16 rpm.  Joe said that a new motor will allow 32 rpm.

The control panel will be available for upgrades soon, so those with a current 1600 don't have to buy a new roaster.  Joe hopes to keep the cost down, I believe below $100, maybe below $75.  

The 1600 Plus price will be a little higher than the present price, probably (I think, anyway) less than $400.  But with the Hottop price jumping a bunch here recently, perhaps all such roasters will jump in price.

With the manual mode, you can set the starting time higher and be assured your roast will finish.  

The 220V versions will get a different looking control panel with the weights in grams (like 200,300,400) or close to that.

Truth statement:  I've been using the beta version of the control panel for some months now and am very pleased with the improved control over the roasts.  The final control panel might have some slight differences.  

Oh, the Brazen also gets some new innards to eliminate the valve glitches.  It will also be called Brazen Plus.

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Posted Fri Apr 25, 2014, 2:30pm
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

Amazing, was almost going to get the old 1600!  When will this be available in Toronto?  When avail in the US? $?
Pics? More info is where? Who hoo!

 
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 6:27am
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This is fantastic. Now I think the 1600 will be the perfect home roaster.
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 10:12am
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

I'm really looking forward to the new control panel upgrade becoming available.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 12:05pm
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

Oh nice. I have the regular Behmor 1600 on pre-order with roastmasters for around a mid May delivery. I wonder if this will be the 'plus' version or not? Are they going to continue to sell both models? Questions that I hope are answered soon.
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 3:16pm
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

Great news!  I just hope my 1600 (hits its 7th birthday this November) can hang together until then.  Still running on the original halogen tubes, the afterburner is long afterburnt and the chaff tray is a multi-colored affair after all of that heat.
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 4:17pm
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

Well, I think that this is terrible news.

Why? Because now I will have no excuse not to get involved in home roasting for real!

 
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 5:11pm
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Joe sure has the habit of making it difficult to resist his awesome product, this improvement has me measuring the real estate for space. By the time it comes to Toronto I may have a good enough sales pitch to the boss hehe or not
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 5:39pm
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

What I like about the new control panel is that when 1C arrives, the power can instantly be reduced to 75 or 50 (or 25) % to extend the duration of 1C.  

The roasts can now be ended when I want.  So I'm doing more City+ level roasts with good success.

I think the next shipment of roasters will be the PLUS versions, but there are probably some originals still in supply.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 10:13pm
Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
 

sweaner Said:

Well, I think that this is terrible news.

Why? Because now I will have no excuse not to get involved in home roasting for real!

Posted April 26, 2014 link

Scott, it's about time!
My Behmor has nearly 500 roasts on it. Keep it clean, RTFM, use it as intended, it's a lot of bang for the buck. Is it perfect? No, but perhaps no roaster under 2+k probably is.
These new updates sound really interesting, and will obviously expand the usability.

We all have our little "tricks" we employ with our Behmor, whether it's opening the door at one point or other in 1st crack, etc, but it sounds like the updated circuit board may make some of the trickery unnecessary....and even aid in more repeatable roasts, something the 1600 already does pretty well.

Being able to "upgrade" an existing roaster is just so cool.

Curious to hear more.
Thanks Prof for the scoop!

 
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