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Topic: Aero Press Trick (18 msgs / 299 lines)
1) From: Pat Murray
Good Morning,
I don't know if any of you AP brewers have tried this yet. I have been
watching the Aero Press threads for some time now and I have not seen this
variation described by anyone. I got the idea while watching a Melitta
filter ad on television.
I have used the upside down method quite a bit, both with a 5 micron
polyester disk cut from a bag filter and with the paper  filters that are
designed for the AP.  The 5 micron polyester disk allows a lot of
oils/flavor to come through into the cup.  The inverted method with the
paper filter only lets a greatly reduced amount of oils through.
Sooo, this morning I got out a sewing needle - .026 in. dia. and poked about
55 tiny holes in the paper AP filter.  I folded a paper towel in quarters to
back it up so that the needle was not going into the paper with its full
diameter.
I proceeded to brew a cup of Moka Kadir with the inverted method.  I was
apprehensive that the filter might be weakened by this treatment and blow
out.  I had no problems and the result was fantastic, probably as much oils
came through as with the polyester disk.  On checking the bottom of the cup
as I finished it I found only a few minuscule particles of grounds, barely
enough to even be able to see. I later measured the part of the needle that
was going through the paper and it measured .013 - .015 in.
I find that I am able to perforate three filters at a time fairly easily
with consistent sized holes.  If I hold the filter up to the light the holes
are visible.
It takes only a few seconds to perforate three filters.
Since I can't justify purchasing a hole punch for $50 I have been cutting
the polyester disks with scissors which takes a few minutes for one disk.  I
am only able to re use the Poly disk for a few brews before off flavors
begin to develop.
Another drawback to the polyester disk is its thickness - One has a hard
time of screwing the filter housing far enough onto the AP to be confident
that it will hold.(even if the edges of the thread are filed off as others
have described.)  Using the standard paper filters with the perforations,
this potential problem is pretty much eliminated.
Give it a try, I think you will be impressed, a clean cup with virtually
none of the grounds and with most of the oils.
See Scott Marquardt's (and others)posts and description of the inverted
method if this is new to you.
Pat

2) From: Leo Zick
interesting.. and lol @ about 55 holes. :)
On 10/13/07, Pat Murray  wrote:
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3) From: Floyd Lozano
56 holes caused too much sediment in cup!
On 10/16/07, Leo Zick  wrote:
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4) From: Dan Bollinger
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Well, only because that 56th hole was 1/2 inch in diameter!  ;)
  56 holes caused too much sediment in cup!
  On 10/16/07, Leo Zick  wrote: 
    interesting.. and lol @ about 55 holes. :) 

5) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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try 55 as suggested it might help with that......HEHEHE

6) From: Pat Murray
OK, have your fun.  I wasn't counting very exactly while I was stabbing that
filter before my
first morning cuppa ;>)
Pat

7) From: scott miller
Uh ... SPEW ALERT, plz!
Now I have to put on a new shirt...
cheers,
Scott
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8) From: Marc
Pat,
Another material to try is the Yama Replacement Cloth filters that SM sells.
Cut them to the proper diameter and they don't have the thickness problem
that the polyester does. They are also easier to clean - hence more use per
disk.
Also, instead of the inverted method, I've been trying the following - setup
the aerpress with the cloth filter over mug, In a  frothing pitcher I dump
the grounds and the appropriate amount of water (minus a little). I stir as
normally, then pour into the aeropress, use the remaining water to swish out
the remains in the pitcher into the AP and then press. Even though I'm using
1 more item I find it's easier then dealing with the inverted AP.
I also use these cloth filters in the KMB.
-Marc
On 10/13/07, Pat Murray  wrote:
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9) From: Marc
Pat,
Another material to try is the Yama Replacement Cloth filters that SM sells.
Cut them to the proper diameter and they don't have the thickness problem
that the polyester does. They are also easier to clean - hence more use per
disk.
Also, instead of the inverted method, I've been trying the following - setup
the aerpress with the cloth filter over mug, In a  frothing pitcher I dump
the grounds and the appropriate amount of water (minus a little). I stir as
normally, then pour into the aeropress, use the remaining water to swish out
the remains in the pitcher into the AP and then press. Even though I'm using
1 more item I find it's easier then dealing with the inverted AP.
I also use these cloth filters in the KMB.
-Marc
On 10/13/07, Pat Murray  wrote:
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10) From: Pat Murray
Good ideas Marc, I'll give them a try.
Thanks,
Pat
On 10/16/07, Marc  wrote:
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11) From: Pat Murray
Well, this morning I tried my trick of punching 50 or so needle holes into
the paper filter of the aeropress and using the inverted method in order to
get the oils through.  It has worked fairly successfully in the past,
however this morning I was not paying enough attention and punched too many
holes. Some of them must have been touching each other creating larger
holes.
When I started pressing the inverted Aeropress,  it produced a geyser of
pinhole streams of coffee that went about two feet into the air.  After
cleaning the counter and changing my shirt i finished pressing the coffee in
the traditional orientation.
I guess I will go back to the polyester filter, I don't want to chance a
coffee shower again!
Don't try this at home!

12) From: Obrien, Haskell W.
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 You should re-create it and record it on video! Sounds like one of
those moments where you either hate yourself or just start laughing.
 
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Pat Murray
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:56 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: + Aero Press Trick
 
Well, this morning I tried my trick of punching 50 or so needle holes
into the paper filter of the aeropress and using the inverted method in
order to get the oils through.  It has worked fairly successfully in the
past, however this morning I was not paying enough attention and punched
too many holes. Some of them must have been touching each other creating
larger holes.  
When I started pressing the inverted Aeropress,  it produced a geyser of
pinhole streams of coffee that went about two feet into the air.  After
cleaning the counter and changing my shirt i finished pressing the
coffee in the traditional orientation. 
I guess I will go back to the polyester filter, I don't want to chance a
coffee shower again!
Don't try this at home!

13) From: Justin Marquez
To be real honest here, when I start pressing the inverted A/P, I generally
turn it over on top of the cup at that point....
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
On Nov 28, 2007 9:56 AM, Pat Murray  wrote:
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14) From: Pat Murray
I was just lightly pressing to get a little of the bloom and oils up on top
of the filter holder, I was amazed at the tiny streams of coffee squirting
up.  I turn it over to complete the pressing
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15) From: MichaelB
Pat,
Similar thing happened to me the other day. I'll confirm that just the
lightest pressing to get the air out can still be enough to create quite a
show. In my case there was just one rip (shown by forensic examination after
the fact) that caused a single geyser that nearly hit the ceiling! Luckily
it missed me. I was at work at the time making coffee in the pantry. But it
coated a nearby microwave oven and the countertop. What a mess! Funny how
long I kept pressing and watching before understanding what was happening
and realizing I was the cause. Duhh. It was before I drank my coffee. I now
hold the filters up to the light to check for rips and holes before
pressing.
On 11/28/07, Pat Murray  wrote:
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MichaelB

16) From: Larry Johnson
This morning I sprayed IMV (mit grounds) all over my laptop, the
hotel's mirror, lamp, and desk because I chose to rinse out the filter
and re-use it for my second cup. It's fine to do that, but make sure
it's installed properly in the perforated portion of the AP before
screwing it together.
When the filter is new and dry, it fits into place almost
automatically. When it's wet, it can fold/wrinkle a lot easier.
Fortunately no children were within earshot.
Oh; and yes, I salvaged the cup.
On 11/28/07, MichaelB  wrote:
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Larry J

17) From: peterz
Just had to jump in here....
I have learned from this list to set up my AP upside down. When really 
sleepy I may leave the end the screen screws onto on the bottom 
end......(Really sleepy), but I have never had the problems that have 
been plaguing you who write here.
Could it be that before pushing the plunger down, or up?? I turn the 
upside down AP right side up and use the little plastic frame to suspend 
it over my coffee cup.
Then I push the plunger down!
Is this not the correct way to use it?
What am I doing wrong here?
PeterZ
Happily not spraying his laptop, here in Lake Havasu City.
Larry Johnson wrote:
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18) From: Denis and Marjorie True
Another AP hint for all you out there.....
            
If you happen to have a Pringles can or a Stax can around they are 
perfect for disposing of the pucks from the AP.
I do this because on occasion my Lady decides to investigate the trash 
and coffee grounds are a pain to clean up...
just a thought for all....
Happy Holidays and don't forget to jump in on the bean swap!!!!
Dennis


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