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Topic: Chemex question, esp. the 13 cupper (15 msgs / 364 lines)
1) From: Bill
Question about the Chemex brewer.
How do you clean it?  That is, do you put it in the dishwasher, or do you
just rinse it out, maybe with some soapy water?  Seems like it would be
really easy, am I correct?
Has anyone used the hand-blown 13 cup model?  That seems like it would use a
ton of grounds!  As in, 95 g of coffee per brew.  Can the filters hold it?
 Does it only take 4 minutes to brew that quantity, or longer?
I'm kicking around the idea of ordering either the 10 cup machine blown or
the 13 cup hand-blown.  I think I'm leaning more towards the 10 cupper,
seems it would be a more reasonable size.  Any comments or suggestions?
bill in wyo
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2) From: Jason Brooks
I have a machine 10 cupper.  For cleaning, a rinse, a baby bottle brush or
a bit of clean caff will do the trick.  I use all three because there's
always a bit in the bottom that the two former will not remove.   A brief
soak in a weak solution of clean caff gets it gone.
As for brewing the larger quantity, I'm not sure.  I've only rarely done
large brews, but 4 minutes probably isn't realistic.  Someone else done
it?
Jason
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3) From: Ed Needham
I have a Chemex brush, but just about any long handled dish brush would 
work.  I use dish detergent, and it works just fine.  Specifically Dawn 
Direct Foam.  It rinses completely, with no fragrance or residue.  You 
really don't need to baby these things.  The one I use daily was purchased 
in 1977.  Sure, the wooden collar has cracked and discolored a bit over they 
years and I've had to replace the leather tie a bunch of times, but it's 
very thick Pyrex glass and aside from using something abrasive on it, the 
things are like tanks.  I have a collection of them, from CM-1 to CM-4.  I 
don't like the cheaper versions (CM-_a series), just because they don't feel 
as good in my hands.
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4) From: Ed Needham
Forget the 4 minute guideline with Chemex.  Grind fine, but only so fine 
that you have a positive flow through the filter.  Wet, let it sit a minute, 
pour fast or slow, to almost the rim, let it drain half way, pour the rest 
in slowly, so as to not disturb the filter bed, and pour finished brew into 
your cups and a waiting, pre-warmed thermos.
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5) From: Bill
Ed,  I know that they wouldn't sell it if it did, just me being AR... the 13
cupper, the CM-4, is there enough space in there for all the grounds?  I
don't really get how the filter works (will have to hold one in my hands to
figure it out!), but the fact that they can sell the same filter for such a
disparity of sizes is amazing to me!  Thanks for the inputbill in wyo
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6) From: Paul Helbert
Bought a ten cup Chemex and gave it to friends who got hitched (used
it once beforehand so they only got ninety-nine filters with it). The
groom spent all afternoon making coffee for the crowd but seemed to
enjoy doing it. I replaced it with the six cup one which is fine for
our normal home use. My friends would have been well served to have
had a 13 cupper for the party. The paper filter is taller than either
the six or ten cup funnel and probably fits the thirteen nearly
perfectly. Since the coffee grounds are contained in and supported by
the glass cone, most of the weight bears on the glass sides rather
than down at the apex; so I don't believe there should be any issue
with the filter holding all the grounds safely.
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7) From: sci
Jason, Bill, et. al.:
I have a 10 cup hand-blown Chemex. What a jewel. Love it. It brews in about
5 mins. I can do 6 cups easily. I always wash mine by hand right after using
it. I usually just boil up enough water to brew and clean. After brewing, I
pour in boiling water and swish thoroughly and drain; I do this twice. It
seems to be squeaky clean all the time. Occasional a soapy bath for heavier
oils. As for dishwasher, go ahead, but remove the collar. These beauties are
made with borosilicate glass and will hold up to just more abuse that any
glass can and stay clear. The glass won't get cloudy or etched. This glass
is very dense and has a crystalline structure that outstrips ordinary glass.
That's why these babies cost more. My hand blown is full of beautiful
irregularities that give it a unique dazzle. If you don't have the cover,
get one from Tom. They are worth it.
Ivan
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Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 12:23:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Jason Brooks" 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Chemex question, esp. the 13 cupper
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I have a machine 10 cupper.  For cleaning, a rinse, a baby bottle brush or
a bit of clean caff will do the trick.  I use all three because there's
always a bit in the bottom that the two former will not remove.   A brief
soak in a weak solution of clean caff gets it gone.
As for brewing the larger quantity, I'm not sure.  I've only rarely done
large brews, but 4 minutes probably isn't realistic.  Someone else done
it?
Jason
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8) From: David Morgenlender
I'm on my 3rd CM-6a in a year or so.  It sounds like the hand blown models are
much less fragile!  The first when was smashed when my wife dropped something on
it (she refuses to tell me what it was!).  The 2nd was smashed when I dropped a
very small glass bowl on it;  I use this bowl to catch the grounds in my Rocky.
The bowl is heavy for its size, but that's still not very heavy;   it only fell
an inch or 2 before hitting the Chemex;  yet the Chemex broke into multiple
pieces ... it seems extremely fragile for this to happen, even if I am clumsy :)
!
BTW, I seem to recall reading that it's best to only use 1/2 the capacity of the
Chemex, so I get 15oz out of my 30oz brewer.  I haven't even tried using the
full capacity, so I don't know if the results really would be bad.  (Since I
usually only use the Chemex for myself, 15oz suffices.)  Has anybody had any
luck using a Chemex to its full capacity?  It would be nice to have an easy way
to brew when company is over ... it would give me a good excuse to buy a big
hand blown model, which unfortunately would be too big for personal use.
Dave
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9) From: Bob Hazen
I have the version with a glass handle - no wooden collar.  It just goes 
into the dishwasher.  If it needs cleaning between dishwasher loads, I just 
use a bottle brush and some dawn.  Although it doesn't have the classic look 
that the wooden collar type has, it's easier maintenance.
Bob
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10) From: Lynne
I got mine (an older, hand blown variety w/feet - thank you Ed Needham for
giving me the heads up on that). The leather was so old it arrived broken -
snapped in two. Seller & I came to an agreement - she credited me $3 to
cover replacing it. Now with
shipping, it cost me $27 total. The seller didn't know the size - I just
measured (right up to top of the lower beaker section) 40 ounces.
Can't wait to try it - I need to make a trip to the Boston's North End to
buy the filters.
Lynne
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11) From: Ed Needham
Get them online.  Sweetmaria's sells white Chemex filters.http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtml#chemex*********************
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12) From: Lynne
Yeah, I know - I would definitely buy from SM's, but it's cheaper for me to
get them locally (I save on the shipping -money is still tight for me).
Plus, if I time this right, I plan to go to Boston's Haymarket (open market)
to buy my veggies cheap. (lots of good memories of years ago - when my mom,
God rest her, brought me there.)
Besides, I have to make a trip to the North End (the NE & Haymarket are
right near each other) every now & then to stay sane. Lots of fun, lots of
memories for me. I load up my suitcase on wheels, & have enough veggies
(sometimes fruit, too, depending on the season & what's priced right for me)
for the whole week.
I'm an amusing sight, for sure - I don't care - I love it!!
Lynne
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13) From: Bill
Appreciate all the positive reviews for the Chemex.  Looks like a nice way
to make coffee for a big bunch of people.  I think I will get the 13 cup
hand-blown version.
One more obnoxious question, then I'll (hopefully) stop and give my money to
Tom:  Since the filters are the same size, it seems that the 13 cupper could
just as easily brew, say, 16 oz of coffee as 66... am i missing something
with this?  Seems like there is no real minimum amount... is that correct?
Thanks again, all.  This list rocks!
bill in wyo
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14) From: David Morgenlender
Lynne,
Haymarket & the North End ... sounds like fun!  We used to go there all the
time.  It was great going home with all the freshly made (uncooked) pasta!  But
I think it's been years since we've done it.  I know we were there early in the
Big Dig.  I wonder what it looks like now!
Enjoy!
Dave
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15) From: Ed Needham
Essentially, the top portion of the Chemex pots are all the same size and 
shape.  The lower portion is what changes, so, yes, you can make as much as 
you can fit in the pot with each model.  I have found that Chemex brewing 
does better with smaller quantities (up to the first button) than at maximum 
capacity due to the larger amount of grinds needed, the slowing of the drip, 
and the longer brewing times.  I brewed pots to the second button all the 
time at my old coffeehouse.  You may find the need to increase grind size a 
bit to facilitate a strong flow through the grinds when brewing large 
quantities.
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