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bure82
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 2:36pm
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Hi,

Whenever I get new bean I can't get the grind right.  I use the same setting as i used before and my shots are just running too fast but i was expecting a slow extraction because as my bean age i turn my grinder finer but that's not the case.  I've been playing around with it for a few days and I still havent gotten it right.
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 6:31pm
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bure82 Said:

Hi,

Whenever I get new bean I can't get the grind right.  I use the same setting as i used before and my shots are just running too fast but i was expecting a slow extraction because as my bean age i turn my grinder finer but that's not the case.  I've been playing around with it for a few days and I still havent gotten it right.

Posted December 10, 2012 link

Eric,
truth is, even the same bean, roasted by the same roaster could come from a different lot, and thus roast differently and GRIND differently.
So, with a change of varietal, you should expect there to be some changes in grind setting. Usually these are not drastic, (maybe 2-5 clicks on the Micro lever) assuming your Vario has been calibrated by you when you received it.
Also, the degree of roast can REALLY make a difference. if your preceding roast was city plus, and new one is full city, that can result in MAJOR grind setting adjustments.

Also, perhaps if you haven't cleaned your Vario for 8-10 #'s, maybe that would be a good idea as well. It's not a bad idea to remove the lower burr, to make sure there is not a layer of old stale fines, which would affect your grind consistency.

 
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bure82
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:02am
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I am actually buying different roast from the same roster everytime, you are right on that.  But i dont expect my setting to be changing that much.  I was expecting for a slower extraction with the same setting and fresh beans.  I have been always cleaning my burrs but I have never taken the lower burr out.  I actually dont know how to take the lower burr out.  As for setting, are you suppose to adjust the micro with the grinder on as well?  How does it really work
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 7:18pm
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First thing I would do is read the instructions on the grinder.  The Macro and Micro adjustments are there for a reason.  You have to know which direction will move the grinder to a finer or a coarser grind.  In the case of the Vario moving the sliders up will change the settings to a finer grind.  As the name suggest, Macro makes bigger jumps and Micro allows for smaller adjustments.  You just have to play with it depending on how fast your extraction is.  Again, I would start with reading the manual to understand how your grinder works.  

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