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Topic: grinder purchase (10 msgs / 237 lines)
1) From: Brandon Kolbe
Hello All,
   I am considering purchasing a used KitchenAid Proline grinder.  The
seller says that it was only used a couple of times but they ran flavored
beans through it.  I am wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to get
the flavored bean odor out of a grinder.  This grinder is a really good deal
but if it will taint all of my coffee from now to the end of its useful life
then I wouldn't want to waste my money.  Any thoughts???
Happy Roasting,
Brandon
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2) From: Gary Foster
You should be able to run a couple of cups of rice (uncooked) through it 
to clean it out.
-- Gary F.
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3) From: Bryan Wray
Gah... it's probably not worth it for two reasons...
1)  I (personally) think KAPL's suck... I tried to make one of my friends work for him for like 2 months and we finally just sold it because it was so frustrating (YMMV of course)
2)  Take it from someone who tried to get the flavor out of flavored burrs... and the hopper... and the doser... and the burr carriers... and the shoot (though you don't really have one...) and the etc etc etc etc... it's so not worth it.
My 02.
-Bry
 
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4) From: Eddie Dove
Brandon,
I used to own one of them.  There is very little plastic; it is
predominantly glass and metal.  You should be able to run some Minute
Rice through to get rid of the heavy stuff then give it a thorough
cleaning; perhaps with some grain alcohol or something.  After
cleaning it thoroughly, be sure to put some more Mineral Oil (or
something similar) on the tip of the worm gear piece (end with spring)
before putting it back together.
Hope this helps ...
Eddie
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5) From: Bob
One method to clean it would be to run a couple of cups of rice
through it, either uncooked or minute. You could also use the
Grindz Coffee Mill Cleaner that Tom has for sale on SweetMarias
on the Cleaning Supplies page.
Bob

6) From: raymanowen
Anything you grind leaves evidence.
If it truly was a few times on flavored beans, even the exquisite taste
ability should be unable to detect the flavors after you grind a few ounces
of your favorite beans, cleaning (brush, vacuum) after each couplave ounces.
Maybe he picked it up in filthy shape (with stale residue) at the start and
was told that the flavored beans would eliminate the stale remnants.
After the couple of flavored grinds, it didn't work, so he's telling "eBay
Truth," and now you got it. Grinder cleaners work right away, and if it were
that easy, you might ask yourself "Why did he sell it?"
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
"eBay Truth"
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7) From: Bean Brain
I can't help much on the flavored bean issue, but I've been using a pro line
grinder for espresso with great success for two years. The key is in a very
basic and easy modification that will make it stepless. You can set your
zero when the burrs are just about to touch, make it a smooth adjustment
instead of a step adjustment and be fine. The directions for the
modification are pretty easy to find on the internet, I believe that I
pulled it off of coffeegeek.com. The instruction manual is very thorough on
how to adjust the burr distance, then you just flip around the little pin
that engages the notched dohickey and you're in business. I'm sure it
doesn't compare to the big money grinders, but I got a deal on mine new for
$125 and haven't found anything in the price range that can compare.
We also use it for turkish, vac pot, and french press with equally good
results.
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8) From: Brandon Kolbe
Hello All,
    Thanks to all who responded.  I found this grinder on Craigslist.  I
went to the lady's home to check it out.  I found out from her husband that
there was not flavored coffee ran through it.  I could also tell when I
removed the lid and smelled the inside.  The only thing I smelled was stale
coffee.  I thought, wooohooooo!!! It hasn't been tainted by flavored beans.
After I got it home I ran some minute rice through it.  Then I took it apart
so I could clean up the burrs.  It now smells much better, especially after
I ran some fresh coffee through it!!  I went through the gamut of grind
settings to find the best grind for my regular everyday use.  I usually
drink manual drip or aeropress so this grinder should work just fine.  The
only thing I have found so far to be a bit frustrating is a few coffee beans
get stuck on a flat surface in the metal hopper leading to the burrs.  Other
than that it seems to work well for my purposes.  Thaks again for the
suggestions and guidance.
Happy Roasting,
Brandon
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9) From: Vicki Smith
Ah yes, the annoying beans in the screw holes thingee. You can take a 
bit of sticky tape and place it over the screws and the beans will not 
get stuck there.
vicki
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10) From: Mike Koenig
My mother-in-law put flavored beans in my rocky once.  Took me weeks
to get the stink out.
Lots of minute rice, and a good scrubbing should work,  but to me, I'd
rather not buy something that's been "irreversibly contaminated".
--mike
(She has since been banished from going near my coffee stuff.  I'll
set out pre-ground coffee and a melitta cone for her if I'm not around
at coffee time.  )
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