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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 9:50am
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I've been making coffee for a couple of years now and I'm like a freak about everything to do with coffee. Making sure the ratio's are correct and the temperature of the water Is correct. Anyway's, I finally started using my french press again after not using It for a long time. My question Is, If I need say like 950 grams of water to 51 grams of coffee does that mean I should continue to pour water in my french press until It reads "950" On my scale? Or should I pour that much In my kettle and just pour It all in into my french press for brewing?
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 10:10am
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I typically pre measure my water for press pot, but (not that the difference is important) I measure it in volume. After bringing it to temp, you should pour just enough to cover the grounds, then allow about 20-30 seconds for "blooming", then pour in the rest. Most people (I think) then stir the brew once about half way through the "cycle", and then go straight to press at the end (without stirring again).

 
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 8:17pm
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Netphilosopher Said:

...but probably close enough) because of evaporation during heating.  At the end it's always less than 950 anyway because all brewing methods lose water due to evaporation.

And don't fret too much about the ratio - 950 to 50-60 grams is close enough for a French Press.  The overall grind and steep time is more important to overall flavor.  I'd also try to stay toward 200F or less strike temperature.

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exactly why I said just measure it and heat it.  that way you don't waste time heating excess water, you don't have to wonder if you heated enough, and you don't have to worry about how much you have to pour (since you're going to use all of it).  It would be VERY easy to figure out how much water you lose in your heating method and then compensate for it.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 9:08pm
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Thanks for the help everyone! I've been asking that question every way I can, finally good solid answers. My other question Is what ratio's are the best for french press?


I've seen different ratios, 950 grams of water too 51.7 grams of coffee or: 53g to 900 grams water or so on. I personally think both work okay for my tastes I guess...But the taste to me is more weak and watery and not much flavor to It. Does anyone have a good solid ratio for a stronger more flavorful brew from a french press? In case you're wondering, I own a Bodum Chambord 8 Cup french press (32oz) Thanks again!

 
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 9:58pm
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Glad we could help. Re ratios: I think I'm going to leave that for Steve (netphilosopher). I can't think of anyone who knows that stuff better than him.

 
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Oh! I forgot to ask something else, sorry. I own a Bodum Bistro burr grinder and I grind on the coarsest setting. I have been steeping for 6 minutes and not 4 because I like a strong brew. Doesn't the grind matter for steep time? Is that an okay time for this setting?

 
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 7:27am
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Thanks for the reply! Very helpful information. This morning I changed the grind to "5" And made sure the water temperature was 200 degrees and I used the 16:1 ratio you gave me for 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water. The coffee turned out pretty weak for my tastes. Tommorrow I'm going to use the grind setting "4" And use more coffee and water (55 grams to 900 grams of water from the recipe post) I'll update on how It turns out.

 
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