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Topic: Moka pot success! (3 msgs / 74 lines)
1) From: EuropaChris
Well, I finally got a good run with the Musa (after 5 tries!).  I tried a full basket, a 3/4 full basket, adjusted the grind, etc.  I just kept getting steam and some coffee spitting from the spout.  Finally, with my last 2 scoops of Monkey blend, I cranked up the 166 to where it was about 3 clicks from max coarse and then just slightly under filled the basket on the Moka.  BOOM!  Perfect.  Took about a minute to brew once the coffee started gurgling up (which is about right from what I've researched on a.c.) and I gave it a taste. YUMMY!  No burnt tones (which I had been getting) and a nice fruitiness.  Totally different than the doubles I pulled from Miss Silvia with the same coffee while I was futzing with mr. moka pot, but nonetheless very delicious.
So, grind was the key.  I was just choking it.  That goes to show how fine Miss Silvia requires, because even still, the coffee I used in the moka was fairly fine (just about where I grind for my Yama).  If I crank my 166 all the way down, I get dust (maybe I need an Ibrik now, eh?)  What was peculiar is that I never got steam from the pressure relief, but somehow it made its way past the gasket and through the spout.
Anyway, thanks for the help everyone.  Hopefully I can duplicate my success...
Chris
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2) From: Gary Zimmerman
Chris wrote:
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Chris, thanks for reporting to the list.  I'll remember this when I next 
try my Bialetti Moka pot, which has been gathering dust on a shelf for 
years.  (I'll probably need to get a new gasket for it before I use it again.)
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Yes, this is peculiar and a little concerning too.  You want that 
pressure-relief valve to work.  I think you can get replacements if it 
isn't working.  Maybe the pressure just never got high enough to trigger 
it, but I'm not sure how sensitive those things need to be to protect you 
from an exploding brewer.
But congratulations on your success!  It's fun to find alternative brewing 
methods to our usual ones.
-- garyZ
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3) From: Mark Beckman
Chris,
Well that is good to hear, considering I had given up using mine.  After my
Bunn home brewer started only heating to 160 degrees, I tossed it.  I at
first experimeted with the Moka pot, but now am using a Chemex coffee maker.
Mark


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