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TMiller
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013, 6:31pm
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I am brewing using a Bodum Chambord French Press and grinding with a Hario Skerton. It tasted great but for some reason, the coffee that was brewed was a dark chocolate color and looked nothing like brewed black coffee. Does this mean I am using too much water even though the full body and taste was present? I am using 7g of beans per 4oz water. Could it also be that I am grinding improperly? I'm unsure of the exact grind setting for a French Press using the Skerton but somehow no grinds got through the filter after pressing. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 12:07pm
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Steve,

I'd been brewing 22g with 300mL water at 200F in my Espro press for a couple of months now.  I'd had my Lido set at 1 3/4 and was doing a 3 minute brew time (20 sec bloom).  Today, I tried going coarser on the Lido (2 1/4) and increased my extraction time to 4 minutes (based on your post), and I like the results even better.  It surprised me, because I was already making better presspot coffee than I'd ever made over the past 25 years or so.

Anyhow, a big thanks to you!

 
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Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 6:06pm
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The grind on the right is the size that I have previously been using. I have a feeling it is a bit too fine for a Press but I'm not too certain. There are no grinds in my coffee. Are either of these grinds adequate for a French Press? Or maybe something in between?

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Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 9:41pm
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I wish I could see the particle sizes better in your photo. I go by resistance mainly. It should be around 15# pressure when plunging with a slow steady hand (ie, not trying to push it down as fast as you can). You want to feel like your interacting with the grounds...if that makes sense... but not fighting them. From there shoot for brew times in the 3-5 min range, depending on taste. Too sour means under extracted either from water not hot enough or contact too short ( or grounds too coarse), while too bitter means over extracted either from water too hot, contact too long ( or grounds too fine). Obviously, you can have more than one problem occurring at a time. Try the parameters Steve laid out...he knows what he's talking about. Try to get the plunger down in about 20-30 seconds, using the feel I described. Please post again with your results.

 
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