A post from Aaron in October that deals with this. I've never done it since
I've never actually owned an auto drip. Is that strange? I hadn't thought
about it, but I've used a French Press since college because it was always
easier to replace and move the equipment. I ran a bunch of crud through the
FP, especially *$, but also plenty of folgers (wow, to think!!!). Anyway,
here's the post, see if it works for you...
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From: Aaron Scholten
Date: Oct 30, 2007 6:01 PM
Subject: Re: +Brewers
Well sarcasm is part of the bonus plan,... deal with it..... you come
out of nowhere with a smart comment and attitude like that and you
think nobody is going to not respond in kind... you should know better.
Now onto your coffee pot..... Is it worth it to you? Were you happy
with the coffee you got from your kweezynart? If so, then you probably
can do just as well with a bunn, or mr coffee, or what ever the other
brands are that run maybe 30 to 40 bucks each. I had a Mr coffee that
while the thing was terribly slow to brew, lasted years and years and
went on more than one med cruise with me where it made probably close to
ten pots a day. To be honest the thing is about ten years old now, it
still runs, but is sitting in a closet, since I took up this
methodology, I really no longer use it.
The main thing I see about the techy is that it puts out the water at
the proper temp. ie 195 - 205 plus or minus a few degrees. This is
what most claim is the most important thing about drip brewing.... Now
with that, depending on how adept you are at tinkering, I have mod'ed
many coffee pots to put out the hot water at the right temp as well....
See they all have a little thingie in the bottom that basically boils a
bit of water, it steams and the steam pushes the rest of the near
boiling water, up the tube and out the spout into the grounds. this
causes a check valve thingie to go gurgle klunk and let more water in to
heat up, partially boil and spurt out as well.... The big problem is
that the tube that brings the water from the boiler chamber (very loose
term there) to the squirt hole thingie going into your coffee ground
group, ... runs through the entire resevoir of water which cools it down
greatly.... some pots as low as mid 150's to low 160's...... not the
best temp to brew at. If you goto any home store, ie lowes, home depot
ace whatever... get some plastic tubing.. the flexible clear stuff
works. and you can probably take the arm / angle thing off the top of
the coffee pot w/o busting it, and that leaves the tube that carries the
water up exposed. Take this slightly larger flex tubing you bought
(cut to size) and put a blob of silicone sealant on the bottom of it,
and shove it over the top of the existing tube, and all the way to the
bottom of the pot and glue it firmly in place... you want to make sure
it's sealed tight on the bottom, you don't want the water to run up
it..... what this does is basically give an air gap between the water
tube from the boiler, and the water outside it... the air won't conduct
heat nearly as fast as water will so the overall temp of the water
hitting your grounds is much higher now....after all it was just
boiling, the steam is what pushes it out......
oh, yah... put the thing back together, let it dry so the glue is
cured.... generally 24 hours... and give it a shot...
Or... again if you tinker, the heating element in a pot, they all
pretty much are the same thing, the wattage may vary slightly but you
seen one you pretty much seen them all.... they cost a few bucks,
replace it...either get one new from an appliance shop or goto a thrift
shop get a cheap ass pot, take the heater out of that one and put it in
or just get the technivorn and know it's a good pot at the right temp,
though quite expensive....
several choices to choose from depending on how adventurous you feel.
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