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LowThudd
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:07am
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Wow. I had read early on that greens should be stored in burlap(or other) material bags to avoid mold growth. Apparently that was not good advice? I'll have to get some better storage containers then.
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:19am
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katit Said:

That sounds like what I need. Thanks for advice.

Just out of curiosity:
What machine (let's not worry about price) is better than Behmor for HOME use to roast 1/2lb at a time? And why?

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The Hottop roaster.  It's basically a small version of a commercial drum roaster.  You can customize and automate the roasts profile or go completely manual.  I have heard all good things about this roaster. I have even heard of people roasting back to back without issue.  Considering what it's built out of and how it preforms $900 is a sweet deal.  The only reason I bought the Behmor over the Hottop was the used deal I got + I wanted 1 lb capacity.  

The Quest M3 & Hucky roasters are truly miniature versions of a manual drum roaster but I think in your case The Hottop would suite you best.
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:21am
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LowThudd Said:

Wow. I had read early on that greens should be stored in burlap(or other) material bags to avoid mold growth. Apparently that was not good advice? I'll have to get some better storage containers then.

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Well as long as you are storing in reg temp around 20'C without humidity then you shouldn't have a problem.  I however live in an old house without A/C.  My office where the coffee is stored can get as hot as 25-28'C.  The bins keep the beans cool.
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:42am
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Burner0000 Said:

Well as long as you are storing in reg temp around 20'C without humidity then you shouldn't have a problem.  I however live in an old house without A/C.  My office where the coffee is stored can get as hot as 25-28'C.  The bins keep the beans cool.

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OK. I do have AC and run it liberally. But I think I may eventually switch to bins as the small burlap bags I have are a bit less than convenient. Thanks!
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:44am
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No worries.  Get the roughneck bins and DON'T get the see through ones.
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:46am
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Burner0000 Said:

The Hottop roaster.  It's basically a small version of a commercial drum roaster.  You can customize and automate the roasts profile or go completely manual.  I have heard all good things about this roaster. I have even heard of people roasting back to back without issue.  Considering what it's built out of and how it preforms $900 is a sweet deal.  The only reason I bought the Behmor over the Hottop was the used deal I got + I wanted 1 lb capacity.  

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Ok. There is always something :) I think I will start with Behmor, price difference is just too much for me. Will see how it goes first. I suspect result will be great. Plus they do better in "smoke" area.
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Posted Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:47am
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katit Said:

Ok. There is always something :) I think I will start with Behmor, price difference is just too much for me. Will see how it goes first. I suspect result will be great. Plus they do better in "smoke" area.

Posted July 30, 2013 link

Yup.  Keep the Behmor in good shape and you will have no issue selling it once you upgrade.
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