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Topic: Static in my Zass (6 msgs / 203 lines)
1) From: Tom Ulmer
Introduce humidity into the storage environment for both the greens & the
grinder. 
Deionized water on a cloth or in a dish would work well or you could go over
the top with an ultrasonic humidifier.

2) From: Pat Murray
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Does anyone know of a method or device to remove/reduce static =
electricity from my grinder and  ground coffee.  I live in the desert =
and with my Zass & Trosser grinders I have a hard time pouring the =
ground coffee from the grinder drawer into the TV filter basket without =
it flying everywhere.  Plus, it tends to cling to the inside of the =
grinder box and requires a lot of slapping on the box to jar it out.  I =
store my beans in plastic to help keep them from drying out but that =
doesn't seem to make a difference. I thought that slow conical burr =
grinding would be the answer to static cling but when the relative =
humidity here falls below 30% I have a coffee mess!  Any ideas?
Thanks,
Pat

3) From: Rich Adams
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Exhaling on the beans prior to grinding, like you do to fog up =
eyeglasses to be wiped, may work for you.
Rich Adams

4) From: Pat Murray
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Tom & Rich,
Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.  The addition of some =
moisture prior to grinding seems like a possible solution.  When my wife =
saw Rich's suggestion to "exhale" on the beans prior to grinding she =
asked if that meant I was going to brush my teeth before our morning =
coffee.  Yuck, that isn't gonna happen! Mint flavored Horse? I will try =
the mist idea.
Does anyone else have any ideas?

5) From: Larry Schwarz
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For whatever the reason.this works for me.
I have taken two pieces of Aluminum Foil and crumpled them in to a ball
about the side of a quarter.
The key is that you don't want the balls small enough to slip into the
grinding burrs.
I then take another strip of Aluminum Foil and fold it into a 3" long strip.
The strip is then folded and hangs over the collection cup.
So picture two Aluminum balls in the bean chamber and the strip in the
collection area.
Somehow this affects the ions that cause the static and I have been static
free for years, whereas before this contraption I had so much static that
the grinds would explode out of the collection cup.
The first few times you do this don't expect it to work perfectly but only
improve the situation marginally.it seems to get better over time.  Maybe
the machine stores the built up ions and it takes time for them to go away.
Just try it and let me know.  
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Pat Murray
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 9:06 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Static in my Zass
Tom & Rich,
Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.  The addition of some moisture
prior to grinding seems like a possible solution.  When my wife saw Rich's
suggestion to "exhale" on the beans prior to grinding she asked if that
meant I was going to brush my teeth before our morning coffee.  Yuck, that
isn't gonna happen! Mint flavored Horse? I will try the mist idea.
Does anyone else have any ideas?

6) From: Pat Murray
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Thanks Larry, I'll give it a try. 
This morning I used a spray bottle filled with our spring water and =
spritzed a small spray over the beans to be ground spread out on a =
saucer. This improved the static problem by at least 90%.  Maybe the =
aluminum foil trick will work even better.
Pat


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