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Topic: Adjusted my Oscar tonight (19 msgs / 369 lines)
1) From: Brett Mason
I've been pulling some bitter shots on my Oscar, so decided to be proactive!
I own a phillips screwdriver, and I use GOOGLE to search for insight...
Best tip tonight?  Use a styrofoam cut and a digital thermometer to read the
temps at the grouphead....
Wouldn't you know - the E61 starts at 201, but falls to 187-189 after the
flush....  Now I know why the bitter shots...
Opened the cover of the Oscar, pulled the cap off the adjustment screw on
the Sirai, and dialed a 1/4 turn...  Not much difference...  Added another
half turn - a bit warmer...  Added another half turn - we jumped to 211,
falling to 203 after about 8 seconds...
Pulled a Costa Rica SHB shot - yumm...  OK, I don't expect it to hit
MkKonaHeavenliness yet - but this was a vast improvement...
www.home-barista.com was very helpful on temperatures, adjustments, advice
and guidelines.  I recommend this to all of you!
Espresso's not yet perfect, but getting there!
Barry's thinking a Mazzer would upgrade my Rocky nicely - and he's right!
But it's after the on-demand water heater that is going in, and new tires
for the P-car....
Have a great shot!  I am,
Brett
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2) From: Lynne
and I thought you *received* an Oscar for some great shots...
:P
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Actually I'll disagree with Barry on Rocky. Keep the burrs sharp replacing
every 75# or so and quite capable of excellent grind backed by excellent
shots (assuming the rest of the handle side of the portafilter is in order,
and it sounds like you're working on it:-). Now adjustability isn't as fine
to be sure, but not that bad either. If you haven't read the LONG Titan
Grinder shout-out on H-B you might be surprised to see just how well Rocky
faired against the Mazzer Robur. 
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4) From: Barry Luterman
You are agreeing with Brett and not me. Hummph and I just bought a pound of
Ohana blend too.
On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 6:36 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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5) From: Brett Mason
No worries Barry.... MiKe just disagreed with me on staling coffee....
How does coffee stale without additional heat and air?
This must be a trick Physics question...
Brett
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee
I did NOT agree with Brett, I refuse to agree with Brett, can't let that
happen, impossible, inconceivable, could cause a major rift in the
continuum, he first agreed with you so I disagreed with both of you!
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7) From: Barry Luterman
Review of Ohana blend next week. Film at 11
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8) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Lets get Gin to referee this one :)
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9) From: Brett Mason
Some have even postulated that Mike and I have an opinion.
This is true.  There are times that even I agree with this opinion...
Brett
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10) From: J.W.Bullfrog
So how are the wilds of Iowa with 6? boys. I'm alot closer nowl living in
Peoria.
On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 4:13 PM, Brett Mason  wrote:
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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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11) From: b cook
Temps that are too low should have lead to sourness rather than bitterness.
Are you sure you would characterize it as bitter?
brad
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12) From: Brett Mason
Hey JW,
Iowa is incredible with 6? boys....  I have 5 still at home, and with the
neighborhood, seems we always have at least 6? hanging out.  When I get home
from work, and it's 20 degrees out, several are still playing in the forest,
stepping into the creek, and basically having fun...
Could ever do this in the concrete forest of OC...
How is Peoria?  We're 3 hours apart - we should do coffee!  AND Bettendorf
is halfway - we have enough for a MidWest gathering!
Anybody up for that?  Contact me offlist....
Brett
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13) From: Brett Mason
Correct - sour...
I've now gotten the temp into the 201-202 level.  Now I am working grind....
Someday I may have to roast better...
Brett
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14) From: Lynne
It sounds magical, Brett. I loved it when my kids were little (lived in a
city/suburb) & we did the camping thing.
But honestly, with a loving family, fun can happen anywhere. Once, when we
went camping (in Maine), we experienced record rainfall. Man, did it rain...
then it immediately went into a record heat wave. Ugh (think the rain was
better..)
After days of misery & suffering, I had a genius-level idea...
We went home. Cleared the living room of all furniture. Set up the tent.
Turned on the A/C full blast. Rented lots of fun kids movies... popped
popcorn, bought all the fun kid type of food - and had the time of our life
camping in our house.
Great memories...
Lynne
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15) From: Lynne
Commenting on my message (so I'm actually talking to myself): I omitted the
link between camping & being in the outdoors. In case you think I've lost my
noggin' - since we lived in a city/suburb, our chance to experience the
country was during summer vacation.
too tired from all my school work...
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16) From: raymanowen
Peoria? Home of the Great Yellow Father? (rallipretaC)
My old stompin' grounds! -ro
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17) From: miKe mcKoffee
Agree, too low a shot temp can lead to sourness. OTOH even if shot temp good
too short a pull time can lead to sourness and too long bitterness. But then
a long time duration short pulled ristretto shot can go the opposite
direction highlighting sweetness while obfuscating character and clarity.
Then there's dosage. So many variables so many ways to screw up a shot so
much to learn! But when it's on the money nothing can compare. Hey wait, on
the money, and I'm charging for the stuff! (Which doesn't mean I'M making
any money yet, just my employess:-)
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18) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Actually, My son (the one and only) is considering attending Augustana in
Rock Island. So, I'm already halfway there.
My offlist addr is btreichel at gmail.com
On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM, Brett Mason  wrote:
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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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19) From: Brett Mason
Just one hour more and we're hanging out!  If it's too tiring a day, we have
a nice guest room...
Brett
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