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jmmmc
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Posted Thu Apr 12, 2012, 2:46am
Subject: Re: Using a Siphon Coffee Maker
 

please help me!  i have a Cory 8 cup vacuum pot, with a good gasket ( i think).  i use a coarse grind of coffee.  after the water pushes up into the upper reservoir, i add the coarse grinds, let it steep slowly for 4-5 mins, turn off gas flame, and many times, the coffee does not come down by itself.  what am i doing wrong?  the first time i used the pot, it all worked like magic, and i was hooked!............jebohebl@gmail.com
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Mis7
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 6:41am
Subject: Re: Using a Siphon Coffee Maker... Siphon problem... please help
 

Siphon problem... I have a Yama 5 cup stovetop model that I use daily and have for some years.  Recently I find my brewing "up" stage is taking longer (I start with pre-heated water), and my down stage will stop at about half-way in process and sit there.  Will take up to 15 minutes before finally returning to the pot.  By this time coffee is cold and over infused.  Any ideas on the cause?

FYI...
- I use the Yama cloth filters
- I thoroughly rinse the filter out and let dry before next morning's use
- I brew a full pot every morning
- I brew on gas stove... no problem for years
- 4 out of my last 5 brews have mysteriously suffered from this problem

Any help would be much appreciated

-tony
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 7:00am
Subject: Re: Using a Siphon Coffee Maker... Siphon problem... please help
 

Have you checked the seal is working properly ?
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Mis7
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 7:15am
Subject: Re: Using a Siphon Coffee Maker... Siphon problem... please help
 

Rubber casket looks good to the eye.  I am careful to seat it and give a twist to make sure it is seated well.  Possible it is not sealing properly, but it is not readily visible... all looks good with seal.
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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 7:57am
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Yeah this is a nice tasting coffee thank you.
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RobbyInStPete
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Roaster: Whirley-Pop
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:05am
Subject: Question on instructions for Siphon brewing
 

I just got a Yamaha CNT-5 with butane burner and love it so far.  
I had one problem that I have not found in the discussions easily:  When the coffee rushes back into the lower pot, there is a lot of liquid left in the upper chamber.  I am using a metal mesh filter and did not try the cloth filter that came with the pot yet.  
Is this problem because a) my grind is too fine, b) I need to stir more, c) the mesh is clogged, d) too much coffee was used..?
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:09am
Subject: Re: Question on instructions for Siphon brewing
 

RobbyInStPete Said:

I just got a Yamaha CNT-5 with butane burner and love it so far.  
I had one problem that I have not found in the discussions easily:  When the coffee rushes back into the lower pot, there is a lot of liquid left in the upper chamber.  I am using a metal mesh filter and did not try the cloth filter that came with the pot yet.  
Is this problem because a) my grind is too fine, b) I need to stir more, c) the mesh is clogged, d) too much coffee was used..?

Posted January 2, 2013 link

I think you mean Yama, not Yamaha.  There should be no liquid left.  My guess is that your Kenmore grinder is throwing too many fines.  Go to a good 3rd wave shop, ask for a medium grind, and try that.  That will narrow the issue down to the grinder.  Bet that is it.

 
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RobbyInStPete
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:15am
Subject: Re: Question on instructions for Siphon brewing
 

Yes, of course I meant Yama.  My fingers were happy this morning and like typing extra characters (I can only blame auto-correct on the phone).
Great advice, I will try a different grind.  This problem happened using the COARSEST setting on my brand new burr grinder.  I may try the old blade grinder on medium or course for comparison. If that is it, then it just means this grinder is not great.
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:33am
Subject: Re: Question on instructions for Siphon brewing
 

Either to fine grind and/or to much coffee that clogs the filter
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Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013, 8:27pm
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My question relates to the Hario TCA-5 Siphon.

They say you have to keep the cloth filter submerged in water in the fridge - does this mean you have to remove the cloth from the metal filter, put it in the fridge, and then attach it back on to the filter every time you use it?

Or can you keep the cloth on the filter and put the whole thing in water, since its stainless steel?


The Cloth looks like it's sewed on to the filter - so just wanted some clarity.
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