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Topic: 2 Rocky questions (11 msgs / 377 lines)
1) From: John Crippen
Good afternoon,
I just received my Rocky (doserless) from Sweet Marias.   Rocky is joining
Miss Silvia on the counter and replacing a Solis Maestro Plus grinder.
I've been "dialing in" on the right setting for the last hour or so.  I am
very pleased with the results.  Two newbie questions:
1.  What can I put in the recessed screw holes in the hopper that won't go
bad (like the coffee beans that get stuck in there now) but that would not
be the end of the world when it falls out one day and gets ground up OR how
do you avoid having three beans sitting in those little wells all the time?
2.  Do I really have 8 grams of ground coffee just sitting in the machine
somewhere?  I grind 16 grams at a time.  The first session only produced 8
grams of ground coffee.  The rest since then have been fine, but I guess
they have all been half the last grind and half the current grind?  So, am I
correctly interpreting things?  If so, is there a work-around other than a.)
end each session by blowing out the 8 grams b.) overfill the first grind
each morning and then c.) measure the correct amounts for all following
grind session then d) go back to a. and blow out the leftovers.  I look
forward to knowing how some of you have solved this problem.
I've had Miss Silvia a few months and am very, very happy.  I usually pull 4
or 5 double shots each morning over the course of an hour.  I'm sure Rocky
will work out just fine, because I've already seen a HUGE difference in the
extraction time based on the better grind precision.
Thanks in advance for your advice,
John Crippen

2) From: Barry Luterman
Question 1 Remove the finger guard. We don't need no stinki'n finger guards.
Cover the screw heads with Scotch tape. After a short while the oils from
the coffee beans harden and dry the tape so it is easy to take off and
replace when it comes time for a major cleaning.
2. Grounds remain in the machine after grinding. These can be blown out
using a Click Clack Top or Egg Extractor bellows and or a small Flux Brush.
3 Major cleaning once a month. Run some *Minute Rice* (underline for Brett)
through the machine. Every few months follow the procedures outlined in:http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/cleanrockyOn Dec 27, 2007 10:15 AM, John Crippen  wrote:
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3) From: Sandra Andina
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Get those cylindrical yellow foam earplugs (not the bullet-shaped  
ones), compress them, and stuff them into the screw-hole recesses.  
That's what the previous owner of my Rocky DL did.
Get a .6L "Click Clack" container lid and pump it up and down. That  
and a pipecleaner up the chute should get most of the rest of the  
grinds out.
Sandy
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Sandy Andina
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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Get those cylindrical yellow =
foam earplugs (not the bullet-shaped ones), compress them, and stuff =
them into the screw-hole recesses. That's what the previous owner of my =
Rocky DL did.
Get = a .6L "Click Clack" container lid and pump it up and down. That and a = pipecleaner up the chute should get most of the rest of the grinds = out.Sandy On Dec 27, 2007, at 2:15 PM, John = Crippen wrote:
Good afternoon, I just received my Rocky = (doserless) from Sweet Marias.   Rocky is joining Miss Silvia = on the counter and replacing a Solis Maestro Plus grinder.   = I've been "dialing in" on the right setting for the last hour or = so.  I am very pleased with the results.  Two newbie = questions: 1.  What can I put in the recessed screw holes = in the hopper that won't go bad (like the coffee beans that get stuck in = there now) but that would not be the end of the world when it falls out = one day and gets ground up OR how do you avoid having three beans = sitting in those little wells all the time? 2.  Do I really = have 8 grams of ground coffee just sitting in the machine = somewhere?  I grind 16 grams at a time.  The first session = only produced 8 grams of ground coffee.  The rest since then have = been fine, but I guess they have all been half the last grind and half = the current grind?  So, am I correctly interpreting things?  = If so, is there a work-around other than a.) end each session by blowing = out the 8 grams b.) overfill the first grind each morning and then c.) = measure the correct amounts for all following grind session then d) go = back to a. and blow out the leftovers.  I look forward to knowing = how some of you have solved this problem. I've had Miss Silvia a = few months and am very, very happy.  I usually pull 4 or 5 double = shots each morning over the course of an hour.  I'm sure Rocky will = work out just fine, because I've already seen a HUGE difference in the = extraction time based on the better grind precision. Thanks in = advance for your advice, John = Crippen Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina = --Apple-Mail-3--708545628--

4) From: Barry Luterman
Sandy I have to disagree about the sound plug material. I used and issued
them for years in my clinical practice. The material is porous and meant to
be disposable. Over time they will absorb coffee oils and become rancid.
They also provide a good medium for growing bacteria.
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5) From: John Crippen
Thanks for the tips.   So if I want to stick with the "grind 16 grams at a
time" scheme, then I need to figure out roughly how much I've got in
WORKING-STORAGE (capitalized in homage to COBOL programmers everywhere, and
for Brett), then make sure my first grind input each session is increased by
that amount.   I'm thinking about this correctly, right?
Thanks for the validation of a sub-set of my mental skills,
John "off to The Container Store" Crippen

6) From: Sandra Andina
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Good to know. I had assumed they were for packing and so removed them  
when Rocky came (sans finger guard).  Never did try to replace them  
and had been meaning to do so. I currently just flick the stray beans  
down the throat of the burrs. What I do is use a little acrylic prep  
dish (for sauces, salt, herbs or condiments--about 2/3 full gm) as  
a bean scoop, pour in the beans and then invert the dish as a dome  
over the burrs while grinding to keep the beans from bouncing around.
Sandy
On Dec 27, 2007, at 3:10 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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Sandy Andina
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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Good to know. I had assumed =
they were for packing and so removed them when Rocky came (sans finger =
guard).  Never did try to replace them and had been meaning to do =
so. I currently just flick the stray beans down the throat of the burrs. =
What I do is use a little acrylic prep dish (for sauces, salt, herbs or =
condiments--about 2/3 full=14 gm) as a bean scoop, pour in the beans =
and then invert the dish as a dome over the burrs while grinding to keep =
the beans from bouncing around.Sandy
On Dec 27, 2007, =
at 3:10 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
Sandy I = have to disagree about the sound plug material. I used and issued = them for years in my clinical practice. The material is porous and meant = to be disposable. Over time they will absorb coffee oils and become = rancid. They also provide a good medium for growing bacteria. = On Dec 27, 2007 11:04 AM, Sandra Andina = <sandraandina> = wrote: Get those cylindrical yellow foam = earplugs (not the bullet-shaped ones), compress them, and stuff them = into the screw-hole recesses. That's what the previous owner of my Rocky = DL did. Get a .6L "Click Clack" container lid and = pump it up and down. That and a pipecleaner up the chute should get most = of the rest of the grinds out. Sandy On Dec 27, 2007, at 2:15 PM, John = Crippen wrote: Good = afternoon, I just received my Rocky (doserless) from Sweet = Marias.   Rocky is joining Miss Silvia on the counter and = replacing a Solis Maestro Plus grinder.   I've been "dialing = in" on the right setting for the last hour or so.  I am very = pleased with the results.  Two newbie questions: 1.  = What can I put in the recessed screw holes in the hopper that won't go = bad (like the coffee beans that get stuck in there now) but that would = not be the end of the world when it falls out one day and gets ground up = OR how do you avoid having three beans sitting in those little wells all = the time? 2.  Do I really have 8 grams of ground coffee = just sitting in the machine somewhere?  I grind 16 grams at a = time.  The first session only produced 8 grams of ground = coffee.  The rest since then have been fine, but I guess they have = all been half the last grind and half the current grind?  So, am I = correctly interpreting things?  If so, is there a work-around other = than a.) end each session by blowing out the 8 grams b.) overfill the = first grind each morning and then c.) measure the correct amounts for = all following grind session then d) go back to a. and blow out the = leftovers.  I look forward to knowing how some of you have solved = this problem. I've had Miss Silvia a few months and am very, = very happy.  I usually pull 4 or 5 double shots each morning over = the course of an hour.  I'm sure Rocky will work out just fine, = because I've already seen a HUGE difference in the extraction time based = on the better grind precision. Thanks in advance for your = advice, John = Crippen Sandy Andina www.myspace.com/sandyandina = <= br> Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina = --Apple-Mail-4--706900227--

7) From: Barry Luterman
I am going to try and add some pictures of the Click Clack top and Rocky to
Tom's new photo page.
On Dec 27, 2007 11:31 AM, Sandra Andina  wrote:
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8) From: Floyd Lozano
i use a pastry brush to knock the beans out of the recesses left by the
removal of the finger guard.  i use a toddler suction plate (meant to attach
to a tabletop) as a little plunger to blow grinds through, since I haven't
been able to find that click clack in stores around here.  hoping one lands
in the thrift shop at some point!
-F
On Dec 27, 2007 4:31 PM, Sandra Andina  wrote:
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9) From: Barry Luterman
Found it for $7.50http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU5164On Dec 27, 2007 12:14 PM, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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10) From: raymanowen
Don't need no steenking *Minute Rice* for anybody or anybody else. A grinder
can be cleaned and proved, all in one quick step.
Just light an M80 firecracker and toss it in with the grinder set to 13 and
running.
Go check your mail- maybe a new package from SM's, or something.
At the tone, return to the former location of the grinder. When you find one
of the burrs, rest assured that the other one is equally Spic 'n Span, even
if it's stuck in the ceiling.
Sweep up all the grinder parts and pieces, remembering that some will be
stuck in the ceiling and walls with some bound to land behind the
refrigerator, maybe between the condenser coils and the cabinet.
Log all the parts. Quality was inversely proportional to the parts count.
Your clean grinder will arrive with new beans in a subsequent SM package...
Want to learn how to roast and blend superb coffee using an FR+8 roaster?
Ask Mike Holland!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Dec 27, 2007 3:14 PM, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

11) From: RK
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I just put in only that amount of coffee beans I'm going to be using. =
when they are all ground I take a brush and brush any beans that got =
stuck on the screws. I then cut the grinder off and let the burrs stop =
sweep the chute out with a brush and then hit the start button one more =
time, it will dispel most of the grounds that were left in the burrs, =
then turn it off and wait until the burrs stop an sweep one more time.
RK


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