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Topic: Cleaning the Solis Maestro (8 msgs / 171 lines)
1) From: Tom Bellhouse
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I posed this question in another thread, but it was hidden and got no =
response.
Question:  How do I clean the lower burr on the Solis Maestro Plus?  =
Does it need to be removed and cleaned?  The top burr is a snap to =
remove, but the bottom is held by a shaft that has a strange star-shaped =
upper end on it.  Doesn't look like a nut, and I'm not wanting to start =
in on it with pliers before understanding it.
Thanks.  BTW, the Aeropress came via UPS today.  First two tries were =
sink shots, the third make a pretty damned good Americano, and the =
fourth made a tolerable latte for my daughter using mechanically frothed =
milk.  Interesting!
Tom in GA

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Don't know about taking SMP apart but Grindz through the grinder cleaner
works well, no wait Minute Rice works as well and is cheaper, NO make that
Regular rice, what about oatmeal, or cracked wheat, or cracked me...:-)
 
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Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 1:53 PM
I posed this question in another thread, but it was hidden and got no
response.
 
Question:  How do I clean the lower burr on the Solis Maestro Plus?  Does it
need to be removed and cleaned?  The top burr is a snap to remove, but the
bottom is held by a shaft that has a strange star-shaped upper end on it.
Doesn't look like a nut, and I'm not wanting to start in on it with pliers
before understanding it.
 
Thanks.  BTW, the Aeropress came via UPS today.  First two tries were sink
shots, the third make a pretty damned good Americano, and the fourth made a
tolerable latte for my daughter using mechanically frothed milk.
Interesting!
 
Tom in GA

3) From: Vicki Smith
I'm pretty sure your original question was answered--though it sure was 
hidden. My response was that the lower burr can stay put. I use a brush 
and then compressed air. I do that weekly, or more often if I have an 
oily bean (almost never for that). I use minute rice once a month.
I think Les said virtually the same thing about not removing the lower 
burr and using a brush. If I remember correctly, he suggested a tooth brush.
There was also a mention of the fact that the Barazza burrs work on the 
SMP, if you ever feel like it is time to change out the burrs. You 
change both at once, btw. The Barazza burrs are harder/better.
vicki
Tom Bellhouse wrote:
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4) From: Scott Marquardt
Just run some rice through it.
On 11/9/06, Tom Bellhouse  wrote:
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5) From: Barry Luterman
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Don't use Minute Mayo though.

6) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Never took apart the burrs. I've been using rice and a brush. I would
recommend calling Baratza, though; they have outstanding customer service.
They walked me through replacing the adjustment ring w/the newer version
(although I ended up going back to the original, because it was dialed in to
finer grinds). I told them I liked the finer grind, and they sent me
ballbearings to use w/the newer version for free. Great customer service.
Give them a call-they'll be happy to walk you through it.

7) From: Eddie Dove
No ... Pablum.
On 11/9/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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8) From: Tom Bellhouse
Thanks a million, Vicki, to you and to others whose responses I missed.
Your routine sounds good.  The Solis Maestro is working well for the
Aeropress grind I'm experimenting with at the moment.  I suspect,
though, that if I go completely insane and persue espresso at home, I'll
need to upgrade more than just the burrs on the Solis.
Thanks again!
Tom in GA


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