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.
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.
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.
Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 5:11pm Subject: Re: New Behmor 1600 Plus
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
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.
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