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Topic: New Grinder On The Way! (17 msgs / 393 lines)
1) From: Walter R. Basil
I just pushed the button and ordered the Rancilio Rocky SS Grinder (no  
doser model).
I've been holding off for quite some time on this purchase - ever  
since  I found Sweet Marias actually. When I first got into grinding  
my own coffee, I wasn't roasting. So I bought this Bunn grinder. It  
was/is consistent, but can't do espresso at all. Still, at over $150 I  
remained committed to getting my money's worth out of it. That was  
back in 2005. The motor is starting to show a bit of slow-down going  
into the second ratchet of the timer knob. I generally have to go full  
knob turn, and then a bit more than half to get the amount of grounds  
I want for a full 10-cup pot.
The Maestro and Virtuoso were both tempting replacements, but I've had  
my eyes on this Rancilio ever since I first started buying from Sweet  
Marias in late 2005. I'd hate to go the inexpensive route and continue  
to wonder what I'm missing out on from the Rocky.
I am truly enjoying my Behmor roaster. My first batch was August 29th  
and I've roasted 12 one pound batches since then. Great machine. It  
took me about 3 batches to find my sweet spot. For me, it's 1P, with  
time maxed out, using a "bean" under a pound of beans. That gets me  
right into the beginning stage of 2nd crack.
I'm sure the Rocky and Behmor will make a fine team.
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2) From: Dean De Crisce
Congrats...there are some things that can be added to assist rocky. 1.)
changing the switch to be on/off rather than on-as-you-push...minor fix 5
min 12 $, 2.) attaching some type of plunger to the hopper to blow out the
residual grinds. Some have used a specific lid...i used a cut down black
sink plunger...which i feels works great.
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3) From: Benjamin VerHage
Congrats on the purchase. I have the Behmor and the Rocky as well...I just =
got them in reverse order. I agree with Dean on getting some kind of plun=
ger/lid to blow out the grounds. Check this page for pictures of the click =
clack lid on the Rocky:http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g=2_itemId=8222 That's what I've used from day 1 and it works great. Enjo=
y!
Ben
From: Walter R. Basil 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:12:42 AM
Subject: [Homeroast] New Grinder On The Way!
I just pushed the button and ordered the Rancilio Rocky SS Grinder (no dose=
r model).
I've been holding off for quite some time on this purchase - ever since  =
I found Sweet Marias actually. When I first got into grinding my own coffee=
, I wasn't roasting. So I bought this Bunn grinder. It was/is consistent, b=
ut can't do espresso at all. Still, at over $150 I remained committed to ge=
tting my money's worth out of it. That was back in 2005. The motor is start=
ing to show a bit of slow-down going into the second ratchet of the timer k=
nob. I generally have to go full knob turn, and then a bit more than half t=
o get the amount of grounds I want for a full 10-cup pot.
The Maestro and Virtuoso were both tempting replacements, but I've had my e=
yes on this Rancilio ever since I first started buying from Sweet Marias in=
 late 2005. I'd hate to go the inexpensive route and continue to wonder wha=
t I'm missing out on from the Rocky.
I am truly enjoying my Behmor roaster. My first batch was August 29th and I=
've roasted 12 one pound batches since then. Great machine. It took me abou=
t 3 batches to find my sweet spot. For me, it's 1P, with time maxed out, us=
ing a "bean" under a pound of beans. That gets me right into the beginning =
stage of 2nd crack.
I'm sure the Rocky and Behmor will make a fine team.
--
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
Walter,
I will be looking forward to your reports on your grinder and also
anything you notice in the cup.
Brian
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5) From: Seth Grandeau
Walter, I added a Rocky to my household about a month ago (upgrading from a
Baratza Maestro) and it is MUCH more consistent with the grind.  Also, I can
get all the way down to fine powder now.  The Baratza could not do an
espresso grind to save it's life.
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6) From: raymanowen
I had a Solis Maestro Plus. The burrs were problematic, in that the upper/
outer/ ring burr was fabricated with a very dull hob on their gear shaper.
That made it rough, so that it scratched fines out of the beans at every
setting.
The burrs in the busted thrift store Maestro were actually better than any
of the new ones I bought including the SMP when it was new. The Virtuoso
burrs I put in the SMP have run fine for two years.
With the Grind Adjustment Nut set incorrectly, my SMP grinder did an
espresso grind at six steps below the Drip icon.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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7) From: K W Matley
On Wed, 5 Nov 2008 10:17:27 -0500, Dean De Crisce wrote:
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I think I'm gonna try that switch modification.
My own Rocky modification is to deal with Rocky's least endearing 
trait, the collecting of beans and fragments around the screws that 
hold the hopper in place. I removed the guard long ago because it 
seemed that the beans were choking on their way to the burrs. I finally 
got tired of removing beans jammed up against the screws and did this:
I had a package of Mack's silicone earplugs that I bought for another 
use. I took one of the plugs, which are made of a firm silicone putty, 
and divided it into three portions. I pressed each piece of putty into 
the depression that surrounds a screw, smoothing the surface so that 
beans are able to slide down the throat of the grinder. No more jammed 
beans.
Now, I've only used this for about a week, so I can't speak to 
longevity. I was worried that the putty might affect the taste of the 
coffee, but so far, no. I tried chewing some of it and it really has no 
taste, just a slightly oily mouthfeel. (The Macks package insert says 
that they are safe to swallow, if for some reason that happened). The 
other drawback I can see is if one of the plugs comes loose and goes 
into the burrs. Since it's gummy, I can see the burrs becoming jammed 
suddenly, maybe damaging the grinder, so I'm keeping close tabs on how 
secure they remain attached to the screws.
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8) From: Barry Luterman
Better yet just put some Scotch Tape over the screw heads.. Eventually the
coffee oils dry the tape out and it becomes easy to remove and replace.
Aside from the danger of the ear plug material working loose and falling
into the burrs. After a while they can harbor micro-organisms.
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9) From: MikeG
I'd love to mod my rocky with the on/off switch.  Can someone post a
link to a correct part?  On ebay preferably.
Thx
Mike
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10) From: miKe mcKoffee
FWIW I've had the same small pieces of clear packing tape covering the holes
for a couple years... Before someone jumps in with "you must never clean the
hopper", I don't use the hopper as a hopper. Always only put enough beans in
for the needed immediate grind. Periodically damp cloth then dry cloth wipe
the hopper.
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11) From: Marc
I found a large plastic funnel at my local Aubuchan's Hardware - it is sold
for filling gas tanks. I cut it so that the funnel end (about 1" diameter)
fits cleanly into the throat of the Rocky and the wider end fits snuggly
into the hopper. I, too, only put the amount of beans for immediate use into
the hopper. This mod has worked great for a couple of years now. I'll try
and take some pics to post if anyone is interested.
-Marc
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12) From: Angelo
I did the same thing using a non-toxic putty that is sold in 
stationary stores as a sort of stick-up for bulletin boards.. They 
never fell out, but I decided to go with the tape for the screw holes.
Another place where the beans like to nestle is around the burrs. 
There is a ledge with  3 scalloped cutouts. Though, at first,  I also 
put the putty in those cutouts, I later just left them naked and now 
blow out the beans with an ear-syringe bulb. The various 
chute-cleaning methods (click-clack, plungers, etc) won't work to get 
the beans off this ledge because the air is not directed enough.
Btw, I only use the grinder one shot at a time.
A.
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13) From: Barry Luterman
http://www.espressoparts.com/results.cgis?catalog=&selectME&keywords=rancilio+switchOn Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 5:19 PM, MikeG  wrote:
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15) From: PJ
"I think I'm gonna try that switch modification."
My switch mod consist of a small jumper wire on the momentary switch then I 
use the switch on the side next to the power cord as my on and off
"the collecting of beans and fragments around the screws"
this can be fix by putting three short pieces of wooden dowel rod in the 
holes in the finger guard I coated mine with a salad bowl finish so they 
wouldn't absorb oils  if you like you can cut away the rest of the finger 
guard
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16) From: Michael Mccandless
Probably run you close to $30 after min order penalty & shipping.
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3-11-08 "Or . . . you can use this one (from) Cherrycorp Can be found here
(Mouser) for $0.94 + shipping."
Try .
McSparky
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17) From: Angelo
I don't understand why the base has to be removed. I just pried the 
momentary switch out, pulled the spade lugs off, put them onto the 
new switch and slid it into the hole. Now I must say, I have one of 
the earlier batches of the grinder and so they may have made some 
changes, but I would try the easier path first...
Btw, that price seems high. I believe I paid around $5.
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