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ginalola
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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 7:06pm
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I only grind two double shots per day, so I haven't a clue as to how frequently I should Grindz...by the calendar or by the pounds of beans?
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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 7:26pm
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I do it about once a month.  I should probably do it more often but I get lazy.  The Vario is so easy to take apart too, it is good to run the Grindz and then take the burr carrier out and vacuum everything.  Also, check the exit chute out of the burr area to make sure it is not packed with grinds around the perimeter.
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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 7:59pm
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Are you saying that it should follow the calendar and not the number of grinds?  My 2 per day equals 56 a month; is that a lot?  As far as taking it apart, I would not know where to begin.  Are there instructions??
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 4:40am
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Page 8 and 9 of your operation manual explain it all.  If you don't have the manual handy, you can download it @
http://www.baratza.com/operationmanual.php
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 11:30am
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Once a month seems to be often enough that taking apart the burrs can be left to every 6-8months.

Doing it less frequently, you'd probably need to go inside the burr chamber more often.

Im a once a month kinda guy.  I havent removed the upper burr of my Vario yet.. Its REALLLLLLY in there.. But Ill get to it one day(any tips on removal besides just turning it by hand?)

 
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Posted Mon Jan 25, 2010, 4:42am
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Nope!  You just just grab on the webs and turn! It can be snug but do not worry and overpower it.
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