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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 1:49pm
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I grind by weight in my Vario-W and Preciso Esatto, so in MY world weight is weight, and I measure water by either the liter, or parts there-of.
So apologies for the mixed weight/volume. As I don't use "tablespoon" measurements, I just assumed that stuff I printed referred to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee as a measure of weight, not volume.
I would also not recommend anyone measure by tablespoon. I tested going from as level as I could eyeball, and then one that was slightly rounded, and the difference was 1.7 grams on average. Multiply that by 12, and it would have a significant impact on ratio, doing 12 such tablespoons, about 20 grams!

 
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 7:01pm
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Netphilosopher Said:

Again, though - your guide is what tastes good.  If you're getting a decent overall taste in 8 minutes, then great - go with it.  It isn't impossible.

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I also include the bloom in the overall brew time, but like it's been stated: go with what tastes best to you. Try it a few different ways. Chances are, you're going to hit that one that just blows you away, and you'll just know. It's like love, but better. ;)

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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 8:20am
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Ok. I've had my Hario grinder for a week
I'm happy to say I enjoy using it to make coffee. It is much easier to weigh everything than to assume.

However, in order to get close to the 4 minute brew time, using my Capresso Infinity grinder, I am using a course-ish grind. On my grinder this is close to the last notch setting.

My coffee made this way tastes weak. If I go for a finer grind I lose the 4 minute time.

Can anyone advise how to proceed?

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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 9:44am
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Ok thanks.
What does over extracted taste like?


Netphilosopher Said:

Mark,

Taste trumps all, everything having to do with steep times and grind, even brew ratio, are suggestions.  I have trouble hitting the 4 minute time on the Chemex all the time.  Go finer on the grind and longer on the contact time IF it does taste weak, and find the combo that gets a stronger brew without tasting overextracted.

Welcome to the "art" part of coffee brewing!  ;)

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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 10:15am
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Ok thanks.
What does over extracted taste like?

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Unnecessary bitters and cardboard. When your coffee loses character and tastes overly bitter, its probably overextracted.

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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 2:31pm
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See my post on the first page of this thread :)
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