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TheSunInsideYou
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 8:59am
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Crotonmark902 Said:

Dave
thanks
I am using a Capresso Infinity grinder

Mark

Posted March 24, 2013 link

The Infinity isn't a great grinder, but it isn't so bad that it should be giving you this much of an issue. So, chances are, you're using too much coffee.

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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 9:16am
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Grinder, assuming the burrs are OK is not the issue. Grind fineness is, IMO.
FWIW...off a chart:

Dry Measure Equivalents:

3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon 1/2 ounce 14.3 grams
And YES, the actual density of the coffee might make a tablespoon WEIGH a bit less, but 12 tablespoons for 36 oz?
Sludge. I wonder how many who recommend excessive (again, IMO) grinds per oz of water actually drink the resulting brew BLACK?

And to the OP, 5oz is the cup measurement Chemex, Yama, and others designate.
Thus, my 8 cup Chemex (the one with the handle) is rated at 40oz.
The Japanese often designate a "cup" as 4oz, especially when referring to a Syphon brewing system.

 
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 9:19am
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This OP drinks it only black

IMAWriter Said:

Grinder, assuming the burrs are OK is not the issue. Grind fineness is, IMO.
FWIW...off a chart:

Dry Measure Equivalents:

3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon 1/2 ounce 14.3 grams
And YES, the actual density of the coffee might make a tablespoon WEIGH a bit less, but 12 tablespoons for 36 oz?
Sludge. I wonder how many who recommend excessive (again, IMO) grinds per oz of water actually drink the resulting brew BLACK?

And to the OP, 5oz is the cup measurement Chemex, Yama, and others designate.
Thus, my 8 cup Chemex (the one with the handle) is rated at 40oz.
The Japanese often designate a "cup" as 4oz, especially when referring to a Syphon brewing system.

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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 1:32pm
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OK I just bought the Hario V60 scale
Made my first pot:

50 g of coffee
840 g or Water

Coffee tastes great - a bit weak but actually hotter.

Brewed, including bloom, for 4:15

How can you deal with pouring in too much water?
I poured my last pour and the scale hit 860.  I dumped the filter but is there another way to deal with this?

thanks everyone

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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 2:12pm
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Crotonmark902 Said:

OK I just bought the Hario V60 scale
Made my first pot:

50 g of coffee
840 g or Water

Coffee tastes great - a bit weak but actually hotter.

Brewed, including bloom, for 4:15

How can you deal with pouring in too much water?
I poured my last pour and the scale hit 860.  I dumped the filter but is there another way to deal with this?

thanks everyone

Mark

Posted March 24, 2013 link

That's a great scale, Mark. Great investment. I have that same one.

840g is kind of a high amount of water (I would use about 800 or slightly less for that amount of coffee). Also, dumping the filter is tricky because you could be missing the end of the extraction. Both of these could be leading you to a weaker cup. Your time is about right, and with less water, it will take it down just a tad.

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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 4:35pm
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So I would be ok using my new hario scale measuring 50g of ground coffee and adding 800 g of hot water to make approx 29 ounces of coffee (not counting what is lost due to absorption ) ?

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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 5:13pm
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Crotonmark902 Said:

So I would be ok using my new hario scale measuring 50g of ground coffee and adding 800 g of hot water to make approx 29 ounces of coffee (not counting what is lost due to absorption ) ?

Mark

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Indeed. Netphilosopher is very scientific and precise (and I appreciate that about him). Everything he said is useful, but probably a lot for you to take in. But, yes, that would be correct.

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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:14pm
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Ok - sorry hopefully last question
Used my Hario scale again this morning - really can see the advantage to is - sorry I was so slow to catch on

Does the 4 minutes for the brew time include the 45 seconds for the initial bloom or does the 4 minute clock start after the bloom?

thanks again

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