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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 8:37am
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This morning I brought out my french press after quite a long while of not using It, and remembered my technique as best as possible and the only things different were a finer grind and pressing the timer after I poured all the water In. But right at four minutes I plunged and It seemed real easy...Like I didn't have any resistance. Is this normal?

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 9:24am
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Hey Barrett,

It's normal as the grounds & fines have had quite some time to settle out & therefore offer hardly any resistance. {;-)

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 9:43am
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While I'm on the topic of french press, I'm still getting weak coffee In my french press!! Anybody have a grind setting for the encore? I'm just gonna try up dosing to 64 grams to 32 ounces of water

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 11:42am
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

While I'm on the topic of french press, I'm still getting weak coffee In my french press!! Anybody have a grind setting for the encore? I'm just gonna try up dosing to 64 grams to 32 ounces of water

Posted August 25, 2013 link

that's about on par with the ratio I use routinely in my press.  I have a single serve press and use 20g for 300 ml water

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 12:08pm
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Well I'll use that ratio then! The book that came with the press (Bodum Chambord 8 cup) say's to use one scoop per cup (4 oz) and the scoop holds 7 grams. So 56 grams of coffee to 32 ounces of water. But I'm gonna use more since that ratio Is to weak for me. Now, do you start the timer when the water hits the coffee or after you finished pouring the water In? Do you stir after the water has been poured In?

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 5:23pm
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My method:

Get 300ml hot water from the cooler at work (it's 175 degrees). Pour it into my press pot to prewarm it.
Weight out my beans and put them in the Lido
Dump the water back in the Pyrex pitcher, stick it in the microwave for exactly 1 minute ( it comes out at precisely 200F)
Grind beans and dump them in the press pot
At this point the microwave beeps, so I go get the water
Cover grounds with water, then hit timer
20second mark - pour the rest of the water, trying to hit all the grounds evenly
90second mark - gently swirl press to make sure all grounds are wet
Place plunger on top of press, but don't push down
5 minute mark - press plunger
Pour off coffee into my mug (which was also preheating the whole time with the 175F water)

 
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Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 7:50pm
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Sounds good! I'm gonna brew a half pot In my french press because I don't need the whole 32 ounces of coffee In the morning. I'm going to use 32 grams of coffee to 500 grams of water to give me around 16 ounces brewed coffee. And I'll try a 5 minute steep for stronger brew...And I'm thinking of using 26 on my encore. Sound about right?

 
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Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 11:26am
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yeah, sounds about right (though I can't speak on the Encore setting, since I've never used one)...please let us know how it goes.

 
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Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 1:56pm
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Here is another angle on the weakness and easy to plunge issue you are encountering.  I noticed the same issue a while back and it had nothing to do with my grind or technique.  The issue was that the plunger screen was a bit bent on one of the "edges" of the circumference and this allowed the brew to blow back up through that spot and not be filtered properly.  Upon careful inspection when plunging you may notice the same.  The fix was to bend back the screen until uniform all around the circumference.

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Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 3:56pm
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Earlier I took a picture of some "coarse" ground coffee at the store, I'll use that as a reference. Looks like about "22" on my encore so I'm eager to try that setting tomorrow morning, along with a higher ratio: 20 grams of coffee to 300 grams of water as suggested...With a four minute steep time. Netphilosopher said my setting "18" looked a tick smaller then the setting "9" samples on Ditting grinder, so I should be close enough at 22.

 
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