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Topic: Oils and Storage (4 msgs / 84 lines)
1) From: Steve
If you store the same bean in your container, does the old oil affect the
taste?
I have been using glass, air-tight jars and throw them in the dishwasher
once in a while. I just ordered some ziplocks from Tom and started thinking
about how often they will need to be cleaned. I doubt I should put them in
the dishwasher. So I was wondering if I always store the same bean in the
ziplock will I at least be able to go without cleaning for a while?
steve
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2) From: Al Raden
I use them several times over - typically with the same bean type.  I just wipe
them out with a clean scottowel.  I have some I've been using for 3-4 months.
- al r.
Steve wrote:
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3) From: Sharon Allsup
On 23 Jun 2001, at 9:53, Steve wrote:
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Seems like it would, but I'm not sure because to avoid that, I clean 
out the oils between uses.  My roasts typically have very little 
visible oil because I seldom take things to the end of second crack, 
and it seldom is in the bag more than 24 hours.  The typical 
schedule is roast in the evening, drink the next morning.  
Sometimes I'll do enough for two mornings.  This doesn't leave 
much time for oil to develop on my style of roasts.
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 You could, but cleaning isn't that big a deal.  I have 20 of the 
ziplocks and most are labelled (big cheap white Avery label, with 
small lettering so I could scratch one name out and add another 10-
20 times before it needs replacing) for one particular  bean type.  
When my roast finishes, I pour the beans directly into one of the 
bags, smoosh out the air and let it sit overnight.  The next morning 
my husband grinds it and puts it in a regular ziplock baggie, we 
take it to work, brew and drink it.  That evening I'll take both the 
thick, large Tom's ziplock bag and the small baggie-style one and 
wipe them with a damp towel.  Open them up and let them sit for a 
while, open-side-down, to dry.  That's the schedule for 4 out of 5 
weekdays, and it's producing great coffee.
 
None of the bags has required more intensive cleaning or 
dishwashing, yet.  A damp paper towel rubbed around inside has 
been sufficient, even for the bag labelled and used regularly for my 
spouse's carbonized stuff.  They get a slight whiff of coffee after a 
while, but the contents still taste great so I'm not bothering to do 
any more.  Just make sure to wipe out the bottom parts of the bag 
where it folds when empty; if any place is going to retain oils to 
contaminate the next batch, that'll be it.
How are the bags working for you?
Sharon Allsup
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4) From: Steve
Thanks for the feedback Sharon. I haven't received my bags yet so we'll see.
steve


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