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Topic: More fun with filters... (7 msgs / 172 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
I went to our local Fabric Land this AM and bought .2 metres of 100% 
polyester craft felt. I got purple, because I'm just that kind a gal. I 
thought about getting white, but realized that it is no less likely to 
have been dyed than the purple stuff. It cost $7.99/metre, so this was 
worked out to $1.60.
I ran it through the washing machine with Oxy-Clean to get out any loose 
dye, and rinsed the cloth by running it through the machine again. Then 
I cut my 4 inch circles, with a couple of 1 1/2 inch long tabs for 
easier puck removal. I just made my first pot of KMB coffee, and the 
filter worked great--better than the baby wipes.
The felt cuts very easily. I made a template out of card stock. the .2 
metre width allows one to get two rows of tabbed rounds out of the felt. 
I have a feeling that I have pretty much a lifetime supply of filters 
now. I wet the felt before adding in the coffee.
I grind at 3.5 dots in a Solis Maestro Classic for the KMB. It works 
very well for that size grind.

2) From: raymanowen
There you go, young lady! Dynamite!! -ro
On 6/10/06, Vicki Smith  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

3) From: Vicki Smith
It's been awhile since anyone called me young lady, Ray. My husband 
calls me button, because he says I'm cute as a...
I read all the modding shtuff that goes on in the wild world of coffee, 
but I think filter modding is probably just about as far as I'll be 
going any time soon.
As I wrote that, I couldn't stop thinking about the possibility of 
building that convection oven roaster. I guess I have gone over to the 
dark side after all.
raymanowen wrote:

4) From: Angelo
Au contraire, my dear Vickie....
In the spirit of a true "listista", you now have to go back to the 
store and get a swatch of every color, to see which produces the best 
brew...Have fun!

5) From: raymanowen
In amateur radio Morse code parlance, you'd be an XYL- Dah Di Di Dah, Dah Di
Dah Dah,
Di Dah Di Dit- a married YL. The acronyms saved having to do so much wrist
to actually send messages using a telegrapher's key.
You have the fresh ideas of a YL, hence, the monicker.
Regarding "I think filter modding is probably just about as far as I'll be
going any time soon.", You've a tiger by the tail! It's a giant step ahead
when most of us are stuck on the sorry old script of good/ better/ best bean
varieties and roast profiles to improve the brew.
When you think of it, espresso brewers universally force a solid wall of H2O
on top of the puck. So the entrance area = A, the area of the whole top of
the puck.
The exit area is microscopic in comparison- a gridwork of microscopic holes,
so that most of the coffee grounds on the bottom layer are flat against a
wall and experience negligible flow-by. A piece of fabric at the bottom
would tend to ameliorate the wild flow pattern.
I think filter modding is a pregnant idea. It looks like my Capresso filter
basket exit area is less than (10E-6)A - a millionth- of the entrance area.
It must be their trick to generate back pressure to flow through the puck.
What a fraud. All of my packing and tamping gyrations are for nought. No
wonder it came with the plastic POS- they really don't want you to actually
pack the grounds.
You try it, you break it and the plastic stub goes through your palm. It
didn't- I wasn't that dumb. Some Dumb, but not Plumb Dumb.
Now, I have to trick this Capresso out. I'm hearing cries of a filter mod or
some metal fab in the wings.
Are there any real 53.6mm double or triple filter baskets out there that
will fit the Capresso handle? I should have realized something was up when
both the Micro foam and crema enhancing dildos wound up in the same drawer
with the plastic POS.
It has the basics. I could make espresso- maybe I should cut bait and get
Silvia, or... Gotta stand and fight at some point. I'll enjoy some good
coffee in my financial oblivion.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

6) From: Vicki Smith
Ah Ray,
You do realize that you wrote this to the XYL who recently welcomed 10 
pounds of horse harar into her home and set up yet another spreadsheet 
so she could play with her beans in a new and improved (AKA obsessive) way?
I had a very oily carafe, post purple filters. This is good news. Yup.
raymanowen wrote:
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7) From: raymanowen
Wow! 10 pounds of Horse. Wow!
-I'm repeating myself-
Again and again, I will say it:
Wow! 10 pounds of Horse. Wow!
It's dazzling coffee- works well with medium to Vienna roasts for me [from
the middle of the 1-2 gap on up to a few tantalizing snaps where 2nd just
starts to accelerate.]
Let me tell you- it went Super Critical at the latter roast level when I
blended 32.5g with the same quantity of like-roasted Sumatra Mandheling, 25%
heavier than drip grind and drip- brewed in the Technivorm with a Gold
I closed the basket valve for two minutes while I dribbled 2-3oz of 204F H2O
(Full boil in Denver town). When I stirred down the bloom, it was just
Cosmic, and that flavor and aroma were fabulous in the cup.
The Celtic Critic and I really enjoyed that huge brew from the Airpot. I
don't know how I would have handled it if anyone had stopped by. There was
no hiding the coffee bouquet. About twice as strong as I normally brew, the
tea kettle was hot so the ubiquitous "eeeww, it's strong" from uninitiated
friends could have been fixed.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

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