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Support / Re: Facebook Link
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:24:34 AM »
Hi Dennis

That's correct, except you post manually via the "action" button icon in the top left corner of roasting console (the button with the flame). The first time you post, Roastmaster "links" with your Facebook account. The link button in prefs is there to give you a way to unlink the app in the event you decide you no longer want it associated with your Facebook account.


Support / Re: Roastmaster on the iPod
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:06:06 AM »
I sent you an email - let me know if you didn't receive.

For posterity's sake... iOS is identical on iPhone and iPod touch. Most of my testing is done on an iPhone 4 and iPads, and in all past releases on an iPod touch as well - as the very last stop double-check before I upload a binary to the store. I didn't discover until the 14th when I was uploading the latest binary, that Apple in its infinite wisdom, had deemed my 20 month old iPod touch unworthy of iOS 5, so this update I couldn't test with it, but there should be no problems. The code makes no distinction between iPhones and iPods. iPad is the only special case.

Support / Re: Importing temperature curves
« on: January 26, 2012, 07:49:39 PM »
Hi Nick

Got it. Is your desktop a Mac or PC?

Support / Re: Output Labels in Ver.3
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:40:00 AM »
Hi Ron

Let me know if you have any questions about the template I sent you.

For anyone searching, there's now post with downloads here...


Support / Re: Importing temperature curves
« on: January 24, 2012, 07:32:15 PM »
Hi Nick

At the moment, no - all of the formats Roastmaster imports and exports are binary, not text (except for label descriptions). I wrote the import/export system, though, to be flexible so that it could be expanded to add support for something like this.

I can definitely see how this might help a lot of folks. Can you send me a sample CSV file your datalogger outputs?


Support / Using Behmor 1600 Curves
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:34:14 PM »
Note: This article is somewhat outdated, in that it doesn't cover automatic Behmor curves. Please see for up-to-date instructions.

Roastmaster v3.0 now provides the ability to create curves that match those on the Behmor® 1600 roaster.

The 1600 is unique in the way that it handles its internal roasting curves. They are calculated on-the-fly, based on 3 things:

  • The Profile (the shape of the curve)
  • The Program (the length of the roast calculated as a factor of the weight setting)
  • The Weight setting (higher weight settings yield greater Program times).

The 1600 allows some degree of customization based on the time shifts you apply to a curve. Time shifts you enter before a roast starts adjust every leg of the calculated heat curve evenly, adjusting each leg in proportion to fit the new time. Time shifts you apply after the roast begins affect only the final leg of the roast.

Roastmaster will now allow you to create Behmor 1600 curves, and apply them to a roast.

How do I use them?

The only thing you need to do is make sure the roaster entity in Roastmaster that represents your 1600 contains the string Behmor in the manufacturing field. (This helps keep the interface clean for non-Behmor users.) Once you tag a roaster in a roast that meets this criterion, the "Create Behmor Curve…" option will be displayed when you tap the dark blue curve button on the roasting console.

How do they work?

Once you've created a 1600 curve, and saved it to the current roast, selecting that curve in the graph will turn the new graph scale buttons (the "+" and "-" buttons) into time shift buttons. Tapping these buttons will apply the same logic to the curve that the Behmor 1600 applies to its internal curves, with respect to whether or not the roast is currently in progress. So, for every time shift you enter on the appliance, apply the same time shift to the selected Behmor 1600 curve in Roastmaster.

If you need to look up the Behmor 1600 information contained in a 1600 curve, just go to the details screen of that curve. Swipe to the notes section - it will report the settings used to create the curve, as well as any time shifts you've applied to ip - both before, and during, the roast.

A few words about the design of Behmor 1600 curves in Roastmaster.

Behmor curves are "opt-in". Many 1600 users I've spoken with don't care to track curves. They are quite happy roasting with the default settings, and not experimenting with time shifts. That, coupled with the fact that it is but one of the many roasters that folks are using, led me to design them to function modularly - the same way all other curves in Roastmaster work. In other words, a Behmor curve has no relationship to the details of the roast that contains it. The curve doesn't care if you've tagged P1 in the roast itself - all it cares about is the setting you entered when you created it.

Why? Well, Roastmaster is complicated enough already, and at the end of the day simpler is better. If a Behmor 1600 curve were intrinsically linked with the data of the current roast, then (aside from making the interface more confusing) it would not be a viable curve outside of the context of a roast. Designing it in a modular fashion will give users the option to create custom Profiles for the 1600, based on curves they've tried and had success with. For instance, while testing the curves functionality, I happened upon a curve combination of P4/D that turns Central American beans into wonderful SO espresso! Go figure - surprised me too. The combination of the long roast time, and P4 heat ramp is a real winner. I can now copy and paste that curve into a new Profile that will sit along with the standard P1 - 5 default profiles, and tag that whenever I want some lively SO espresso, ignoring the weight and program setting in Roastmaster if I choose. In future roasts, I can tag that new profile, create a 1600 curve for the current roast, and time shift it to match the profile curve that will be displayed in the graph alongside the new roast's curve.

I've learned a lot about this wonderful little (big) roaster while coding and testing 1600 curves. I hope it sheds a lot of light and helps you hone in on some winning combinations like it did for me.

Roasting / Re: Introduction
« on: January 22, 2012, 07:50:56 PM »
Hi Ron - thanks for posting, and the kind words.

Of all the requests I've gotten from users - one of the most often-asked is a way to share data. I wanted to provide a placed geared toward Roastmaster that can function as a help desk, data exchange, FAQ, etc. Roastmaster's internal documentation is adequate for basic help, but I need to provide more resources on the site itself geared toward beginners and advanced users.

In the coming weeks, I'll be trying to integrate resources of this nature into both the forums, and the now barren support page - giving a place for new users to browse through FAQs, Ho-Tos, videos and the like.

Hopefully the forum will evolve to be the perfect venue for all of this. I'm all ears for suggestions on how the forums would best work.

News, Tips and Tricks / Creating Your Own Custom XML Label Descriptions
« on: January 22, 2012, 07:13:27 PM »
You can customize label templates for use with Roastmaster.

Here are a few blank templates: "My Label 1.xml", "My Label 2.xml", "My Label 3.xml", "My Label 4.xml" - each designed for 1, 2, 3 or 4 labels per sheet, respectively.

You can edit these files in any standard text editor, just make sure the resulting saved file has an".xml" extension.
If you need more than 4 labels per sheet, simply copy and paste a new <label>...</label> block for each extra label on the sheet.

To customize the label, replace each instance of "MyValue" with whatever value is applicable. You can refer to the PDF "Roastmaster XML Label Structure.pdf" for a description of what each value means, as well as a sample template to give you an overall picture of how these should correlate to a real-world label sheet.

All measurements should be entered in Imperial inches.

When you're finished creating your custom template, you can import it directly into Roastmaster from anywhere on your iOS device - the two easiest ways are to upload it to your DropBox account, or email it to yourself. Navigate to the file on your iOS device, tap the icon and choose "Open in Roastmaster". Roastmaster will present its import screen. Once imported, the new label description file will be available for immediate use.

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