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Grinders / Re: Grind adjustments whilst grinder is turned off
« Last post by askthe coffeeguy on Yesterday at 11:26 PM »
probably my technique is all wrong - but I tend to make small, minute adjustments on the commercial grinders when Im working, when they are switched on, not, Im afraid, out of respect for ware and tare of the grinder, but usually just because Im busy and the grinder is running - if anything Ill close the chute and dump the resulting

However with my domestic appliance at home I almost always make the (minute) adjustment when the machine is switched off - as this is just the way it seems to go - and I havent noticed any deterioration to either shot quality, or ware and tear on the machine

but I can certainly see the argument as to why you should adjust the grinder while its working - Ill keep this in mind for future reference!

Best,

ACG
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New Here? Drop in and Say Hi. / Re: Hi there
« Last post by askthe coffeeguy on Yesterday at 11:19 PM »
hey nick

thanks for clarification on the two long blacks method - makes sense to me!

As for the coffee swap I've been roasting at home for about 12yrs now so Im more inclined to just order in a fresh batch of green beans, and then give them a go, but others might be more willing to give it a go

or we could just compare notes and photos online - whatever works for you!

Best

ACG
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Grinders / Re: Grind adjustments whilst grinder is turned off
« Last post by Koffee Kosmo on Yesterday at 09:22 PM »
I agree with mycuppa
Course grind adjustment OK 👌 when grinder is stopped
Fine adjustment when grinder is running - although I still do tiny 2 mm adjustments when stoppped

A little quirk of mine is, because of single dosing I start the motor first - and then pour in the beans or open the gate so it’s a smooth - no motor stress- transition to grinding

That’s my way

KK
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Grinders / Re: Grind adjustments whilst grinder is turned off
« Last post by K_Bean_Coffee on Yesterday at 04:14 PM »
Nice post mycuppa. Spot on.
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Other Brewing Methods / Re: Percolators
« Last post by askthe coffeeguy on 16/10/2017, 05:48 PM »
I'm in the medium to coarse grind camp with less water for a stronger coffee

different set up but I still like cranking out my atomic stove top for the amazing creamy coffee syrup that it produces

best

ACG

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Other Brewing Methods / Re: Percolators
« Last post by old boy brewer on 15/10/2017, 10:37 PM »
I picked up one of these recently -



I’ve only made one coffee with it so far, but I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. They don’t have the best reputation, but I’d say that’s probably got more to do with the way they were used in the past and the terrible coffee that was put in them. Certainly if you have a look online there’s no instructional videos from anyone in the specialty coffee industry on how to use them. All the videos I watched on YouTube were by American baby boomers taking a trip down memory lane and putting 4 or 5 heaped tablespoons of store bought, pre ground coffee in their percolators then waffling on about how nice the coffee was that they made. Yeah right.

Still, they were worth watching as I learned the basic method then applied the sort of principles that I’d use for making any filter coffee, especially syphon or French Press. The coffee I got from mine was very similar to what I get from my syphon actually. Anyway, here’s what I did:

- Pre boil the water in the kettle
- Weigh everything. Brew ratio is always important and I used a ratio of about 1:13.
- Grind really course. Sort of what people used to recommend for French press. It needs to be course enough that not too much coffee falls through the filter holes into the water.
- As soon as the water had stopped boiling in my kettle I poured it into the perc and placed it over a medium heat on the stove. I popped the coffee in the basket and put it all together.
- Keep the heat relatively low as you don’t want the water to actually boil.
- Once I saw the water start to bubble in the sight glass I started a timer and let it brew for 3 minutes.
- As soon as it was done I took it off the heat and poured it into my mug. It was a bit hot so I let it cool and it was at its best between 5 and 10min later.

Enjoy.
  By the way LeroyC. that is a very nice looking percolator. It looks like it would have been top of the line in it's day. The Corning Ware perc that I've got seems a bit plain now.
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Other Brewing Methods / Re: Percolators
« Last post by old boy brewer on 15/10/2017, 10:25 PM »
Thank you very much for that.  I'll give it a go.  :)
I picked up one of these recently -



I’ve only made one coffee with it so far, but I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. They don’t have the best reputation, but I’d say that’s probably got more to do with the way they were used in the past and the terrible coffee that was put in them. Certainly if you have a look online there’s no instructional videos from anyone in the specialty coffee industry on how to use them. All the videos I watched on YouTube were by American baby boomers taking a trip down memory lane and putting 4 or 5 heaped tablespoons of store bought, pre ground coffee in their percolators then waffling on about how nice the coffee was that they made. Yeah right.

Still, they were worth watching as I learned the basic method then applied the sort of principles that I’d use for making any filter coffee, especially syphon or French Press. The coffee I got from mine was very similar to what I get from my syphon actually. Anyway, here’s what I did:

- Pre boil the water in the kettle
- Weigh everything. Brew ratio is always important and I used a ratio of about 1:13.
- Grind really course. Sort of what people used to recommend for French press. It needs to be course enough that not too much coffee falls through the filter holes into the water.
- As soon as the water had stopped boiling in my kettle I poured it into the perc and placed it over a medium heat on the stove. I popped the coffee in the basket and put it all together.
- Keep the heat relatively low as you don’t want the water to actually boil.
- Once I saw the water start to bubble in the sight glass I started a timer and let it brew for 3 minutes.
- As soon as it was done I took it off the heat and poured it into my mug. It was a bit hot so I let it cool and it was at its best between 5 and 10min later.

Enjoy.
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Other Brewing Methods / Re: Percolators
« Last post by LeroyC on 15/10/2017, 06:37 PM »
Yeah you’re right Leroy, my bad. My comments were based on a moka pot which I often hear called a percolator.


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Yeah I’ve heard and seen that too, mostly in the US, which is weird cause that’s where actual percolators were and still are most prevalent. When I was traveling in the States in 2009 big electric percolators were still common in hotels.
It’s not a technically incorrect description for a moka pot either as the water does kind of ‘percolate’ up through the device. It’s just a bit confusing is all.
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Other Brewing Methods / Re: Percolators
« Last post by fg1972 on 15/10/2017, 05:59 PM »
That sounds more like a moka pot than a percolator?? I can’t see how you’d get any form of crema using a percolator as it’s closer to full immersion brewing and has more similarities to a syphon than a moka pot. I guess in some ways it’s half way between, but I think percolator needs it’s own specific techniques to get the best from it.
Yeah you’re right Leroy, my bad. My comments were based on a moka pot which I often hear called a percolator.


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Other Brewing Methods / Re: Percolators
« Last post by Brett H on 15/10/2017, 02:10 PM »
Yep, I'm inclined to agree Leyroy. the secret to percolating is to try and regulate the temperature and kill the heat as soon as you've got it rolling.
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