HomeRoast Digest


Topic: vacuum brewer question (8 msgs / 162 lines)
1) From: Sheila Quinn
I would really like to buy a vacuum brewer in order to try something 
different. However, my stove (which I hate!) is one of those smooth 
glass-top electric ones. Will that work? And will I need to use the wire 
grid? I don't recall ever seeing a discussion using this type of stove.
Thanks,
Sheila

2) From: John Despres
Hi, Sheila.
I have a Bodum Santos which I like a lot and provides great 
entertainment for dinner guests. If you can boil water on your stove, I 
think it'd  work fine on your stove. Another option would be to buy one 
with it's own burner. As to any of the metal types, I have no experience.
JD
Sheila Quinn wrote:
<Snip>
-- 
John A C Despres
Hug your kidshttp://www.sceneitallproductions.com

3) From: Barry Luterman
A diffuser is about 2 dollars. They say you should use it on an electric but
you don't need it on a gas stove. I use mine on a gas stove and have the
same pot intact for 3 years now.
On Jan 2, 2008 1:45 PM, John Despres  wrote:
<Snip>

4) From: Gary Townsend
On Jan 2, 2008 5:02 PM, Sheila Quinn  wrote:
<Snip>
Sheila,
For what it's worth, I have a 3 year old Yama 20 oz vacpot.
We also have a glass top stove, and there is no need for a diffuser.
I use the Yama with the stove about 3 to 5 X a week. I really like vacpot
coffee.
I collect 30's to 50's antique vacpots, most are fully functional.
Sweet Maria's carries Yama vacpots, and they are great for everyday use!
sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.vacuum
You do not need a glass filter, the cloth filers work just great, as long as
you keep them clean and store them in a cup of water inside of your
refrigerator. Buy a pack of 5 when you buy your new vacpot. I'll bet that
you are just starting out, and IF you can afford one, buy a really good
grinder. A new Zassenhauss manual grinder is perfect for use with a vacpot.
I use a Rocky grinder, and I need it for making espresso. Although it's
considered overkill by some people for use as a drip coffee grinder, I like
the consistent grind that it provides.
Gary

5) From: Rick Copple
Sheila Quinn wrote:
<Snip>
The Yama comes with the wire grid, at least mine from SM did. And that 
wire isn't a diffuser, that's a different animal. All it does is keep 
the surface of the glass off the direct heat of an electric burner, 
cause it can cause it to crack. You may not need the wire on the glass 
top stoves, cause it's not sitting right on a burner, but that's buried 
under the glass, right? If it is one of those with coil burner that you 
set your pots on, then you would certainly want to use the wire.
And, that type of electric stove should be fine. As a matter of fact, 
one of the reasons it takes longer than other methods is you can't turn 
the burner up to "high" but they suggest using medium, cause high can 
crack the glass. So, it takes a while for the 8 cups of water to heat up 
enough, but it does. But, like I mentioned before, you can speed that up 
by preheating the water in a regular boiling pot, and pour it in the 
glass shortly before the water gets close to boiling and let the vac pot 
take it the rest of the way.
-- 
Rick Copple

6) From: Andy Thomas
It should work fine. When I had an electric range with solid metal burners (not the spiral kind) I used my glass Silex vacuum brewer many times. The only problem I had was when I accidentally left the empty carafe on the hot burner. Don't do that.
----- Original Message ----
From: Sheila Quinn 
To: SM Homeroast List 
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 3:02:50 PM
Subject: +vacuum brewer question
I would really like to buy a vacuum brewer in order to try something 
different. However, my stove (which I hate!) is one of those smooth 
glass-top electric ones. Will that work? And will I need to use the
 wire 
grid? I don't recall ever seeing a discussion using this type of stove.
Thanks,
SheilaBe a better friend, newshound, and 
know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile.  Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJ

7) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Sheila Quinn wrote:
<Snip>
Sheila,
    I've used a vintage glass Cory Vac Pot on my GE ceramic topped stove 
for almost a year now without issue.  I run the surface at high temp (9 
of 10) until the boil starts and the water moves into the upper chamber 
and when a bit over 1/2 the water has migrate up, I then cut the surface 
temp down to low (2 of 10) for the 3-4 minutes of brewing.  I then 
carefully move the whole pot to a hot pad on the counter for cooling and 
"vacuuming". :)
    vac pot, disassembled - http://www.sklenar.info/images/coffee/PICT2676.jpg    stove, on -http://www.sklenar.info/images/temp/PICT2681.jpg    stove, off -http://www.sklenar.info/images/temp/PICT2680.jpg    pat----">http://www.sklenar.info/images/coffee/PICT2673.jpg    vac pot, assembled -http://www.sklenar.info/images/coffee/PICT2676.jpg    stove, on -http://www.sklenar.info/images/temp/PICT2681.jpg    stove, off -http://www.sklenar.info/images/temp/PICT2680.jpg    pat----
   http://www.sklenar.info/coffee.html

8) From: Sheila Quinn
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who responded! I really 
appreciate the help and suggestions.
Sheila


HomeRoast Digest