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Topic: going sour? (12 msgs / 525 lines)
1) From: Sheila Quinn
Roasted of my favorites, Moka Kadir, on the 18th - just six short days 
ago. It was my usual style, via the HG/DB method. I drank it twice, on 
the 21st and 22nd and it was fabulous as always. Today, however, the 
brew had an awful sour taste. Nasty!!!
My husband made it in the Presto Scandinavian, and I thought maybe he 
just messed up something. Not so! I opened the bag of roasted beans 
(kept in a one-way valve bag) and they smelled just awful! A very nasty 
sour smell, nothing like skunky beans, but something much different - 
yet just as undesirable. They went in the trash, much to my disappointment.
What happened??? How could they have gone from being so good, to 
completely terrible - kept in the proper container away from air, away 
from light, etc. It just doesn't make any sense!
Can anyone help me figure it out? Any ideas???
Thanks,
Sheila

2) From: Vicki Smith
I've got sour MK beans in my cupboard now--day 4. The coffee was fine, 
the beans stink. I thought I had messed up the roast and just did 
another 3/4 pound this afternoon, a bit darker, hoping that might be the 
solution. It is the first time I bought this blend.
vicki
Sheila Quinn wrote:
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3) From: Aaron
How dark are you roasting them?
also, don't let the smell of the beans give judgement to what the cup 
will overall taste like.  I have had some roasts where the smell of the 
beans was shall we say... a bit less than the expected pleasant, yet the 
coffee brewed up great.
Aaron

4) From: Steven Van Dyke
Sheila,
There's also a chance you're getting a cold (or something) - changes in
smells / tastes are one of the first symptoms.
Enjoy!
Steve :->

5) From: Leo Zick
i love the moka kadir beans!! it makes for the most interesting  
ristrettos!  i havent tried it any other way yet, i get too much of a  
kick out of a ristretto. lol
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6) From: Sheila Quinn
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I think you may be right - my allergies have really kicked in again! Oh 
well, at least I didn't throw out very much. There was only enough left 
for about 2-3 cups. Most had already been brewed.
I was also thinking that part of the problem could be our water. I think 
I need to consistently use bottled drinking water for better coffee. Is 
that what everyone else does?
Sheila
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I think you may be right - my allergies have really kicked in again! Oh
well, at least I didn't throw out very much. There was only enough left
for about 2-3 cups. Most had already been brewed.
I was also thinking that part of the problem could be our water. I
think I need to consistently use bottled drinking water for better
coffee. Is that what everyone else does? 
Sheila
Steven Van Dyke wrote:
  Sheila,
There's also a chance you're getting a cold (or something) - changes in
smells / tastes are one of the first symptoms.
Enjoy!
Steve :->

7) From: Michael Guterman
Sheila,
I use either Poland Spring (cause that's what I have delivered), or 
water from a Brita Ultra Max, which is sort of like a pitcher, but 
larger and with a spigot.  I use the Ultra Max with the water (centrally 
softened) from my faucet for my espresso machine, and the Poland Spring 
for all brewed coffee.  It does make a difference.
Michael
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8) From: Sheila Quinn
There have been news reports about our bad drinking water here lately. 
We always buy bottled water for normal drinking purposes, but I guess I 
hadn't been thinking about this for coffee! Gosh, now I have to buy even 
MORE water.
Does your Brita Ultra Max also affect the flavor? I had one of those Pur 
filters on my faucet once and it did nothing for the flavor - it was 
still nasty! If one of these portable home filters would not only filter 
out the impurities but also make the taste okay, I would buy one in a 
heartbeat. I cannot invest in a built-in water filtration system right 
now since our home is for sale. Why should I spend the money for the 
next owner? That would be stupid.
Sheila
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9) From: Tim Wat
Sheila Quinn wrote:
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Sheila:
Once you settle into your new house, I'd suggest looking into a whole 
house filtration system.  We just installed one last month after living 
8 years in our home, and it's made an amazing difference in the taste of 
our coffee, not to mention being able to finally drink right out of the 
fountain, quality of water on skin in the shower, overall water 
pressure, etc.  Anyway, it's made a substantial difference, and now I 
can cancel the monthly Arrowhead delivery.
Tim

10) From: mlich

11) From: Vicki Smith
My MK that smelled sour as beans/ground coffee tasted great--and I have 
fall allergies big time.I use a Brita pitcher for my h2o with city 
water. It's much better (IMO) than tap water, and I believe someone 
recently wrote something here about the pitcher producing water that is 
about optimal for coffee brewing.
vicki
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I find Crystal Geyser is as neutral as can be, taste-wise.
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Sheila, I use either Poland Spring = (cause that's what I have delivered), or water from a Brita Ultra Max, = which is sort of like a pitcher, but larger and with a spigot.  I use the Ultra Max with the = water (centrally softened) from my faucet for my espresso machine, and = the Poland Spring for all brewed coffee.  It does make a = difference. Michael Sheila Quinn wrote: = I think you may be right - = my allergies have really kicked in again! Oh well, at least I didn't = throw out very much. There was only enough left for about 2-3 cups. Most = had already been brewed. I was also thinking that part of = the problem could be our water. I think I need to consistently use = bottled drinking water for better coffee. Is that what everyone else = does? Sheila Steven Van = Dyke wrote: There's also a chance you're getting a cold (or = something) - changes insmells / = tastes are one of the first symptoms. Steve :->----- = Original Message -----From: "Sheila Quinn" <quinngraphics>To: "SM Homeroast List" <homeroast= s.com>Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2006 = 9:33 PMSubject: +going sour?

  

Roasted of my favorites, Moka Kadir, on the 18th - = just six short daysago. It was my usual style, = via the HG/DB method. I drank it twice, onthe 21st = and 22nd and it was fabulous as always. Today, however, thebrew had an awful sour taste. Nasty!!! My = husband made it in the Presto Scandinavian, and I thought maybe = hejust messed up something. Not so! I opened the = bag of roasted beans(kept in a one-way valve = bag) and they smelled just awful! A very nastysour smell, nothing like skunky beans, but something = much different -yet just as undesirable. They = went in the trash, much to my

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disappointment.

  

What happened??? How could they have gone from being = so good, tocompletely terrible - kept in = the proper container away from air, awayfrom = light, etc. It just doesn't make any sense! Can anyone = help me figure it out? Any ideas??? Thanks,Sheila

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