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frankthecrank
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 5:52pm
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Ok, so I just got my behmor 1600 and I got cocky. My first 2 roasts were not great but were drinkable. I started off with 1/4 pound using p1 and had one batch that was a bit under roasted and one that was over roasted. So rather than continuing to practice I decided, with all my new found skill to go directly to 1/2 pound samples. Unfortunately now I have a pound of baked grass! I can see now that you have to 'lie' to the machine about how much you load in. Anyway, has anyone ever threw an under roasted batch back in rather than tossing it out? Can you roast again to save a ruined roast? Thanks in advance.
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 7:40pm
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frankthecrank Said:

Ok, so I just got my behmor 1600 and I got cocky. My first 2 roasts were not great but were drinkable. I started off with 1/4 pound using p1 and had one batch that was a bit under roasted and one that was over roasted. So rather than continuing to practice I decided, with all my new found skill to go directly to 1/2 pound samples. Unfortunately now I have a pound of baked grass! I can see now that you have to 'lie' to the machine about how much you load in. Anyway, has anyone ever threw an under roasted batch back in rather than tossing it out? Can you roast again to save a ruined roast? Thanks in advance.

Posted July 20, 2013 link

Yes, beans can be re-roasted.  I've done so a couple of times.

One thing that will help you get a better handle on roasting levels would be to get a Kill-A-Watt meter.  It sounds as if your current under load is a bit low.

For now, when you roast 1/2#, set the Behmor to 1# and you should be fine getting to a proper roast level.  You might also want to peruse old posts about the Behmor.  

Read the manual, especially the "Rosetta Stone" section about 1C to 2C timings.  Stick with P1 until you are comfortable hearing 1C and then the start of 2C.  Remember that some beans don't need to get to 2C to be excellent.  

Good luck and have fun.

 
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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 7:15am
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I've been drinking up some "Bustelo" (see "ROFLMAO:  "Bustelo - or - How to Make it Yourself"" ) and now my old can of bustelo coffee is depleted.  So late last night, after grilling a steak over hardwood, I got some already roasted Nicaraguan (roasted to City+), and reroasted them in a stainless strainer over the hot coals until they were a French Roast (with some Italian Espresso Roast mixed in).  I roasted only about 2 cups worth.  This should keep my current "Bustelo" addiction satisfied for at least another month. I only drink about a couple a week.  Otherwise way too much sugar intake.

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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 7:21am
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Ok, so I took that pound of straw-like beans, put them in and hit 1 pound. I hit p2 so I would have less chance of burning them. I roasted for about 6 minutes and the result is delicious. Wow, it was a total surprise. Thanks for your advice. This really worked. Then beans were about 2 days post roast. I waited 24 hours after the second roast and the smell is incredible as is the taste. Good lesson to be learned for all learners and newbies! Don't toss your underoasts without trying to fix them!!!
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 4:11pm
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Agree.
I've re-roasted about 6 times (out of 250 roasts).
I always got pretty good results.
I wouldn't hesitate to re-roast under-roasted beans.
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