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Topic: Question on Cleaning Grinders (15 msgs / 383 lines)
1) From: Carol Lugg
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2) From: Bob Hazen
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3) From: Ben Lowery
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4) From: Mike Koenig
For routine cleaning,  (~ once a week, when I remember) I use minute
rice.  About once a month, I pull out the burrs and brush everything
off.
I've tried that Grindz stuff,  and it works well but is way too
expensive for me to use routinely.
--mike
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
Agree Grindz works well. My head to head testing with Grindz versus Minute
Rice when it first came out confirmed Grindz worked well, just as well as
much MUCH less expensive Minute Rice. Still use Minute Rice for quick
cleaning to this day, including at the Café. If Grindz worked better I'd =
use
it. It doesn't, I don't. =
Supposedly (according the the Grindz advertising) Grindz produces less dust
than using Minute Rice. My testing was just the opposite and they clean the
burrs equally. Regardless either method does leave a dust residue which must
be brushed, vac'd and finally bean flushed before next actual grinder usage.
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6) From: MikeG
I use a 3 year old Rocky doserless.  I've always assumed any stale
coffee lodged inside is in nooks and crannies - where it will stay and
forms a part of the passage way for the 'good stuff '.
I seriously doubt I would detect the difference in the cup were I to clean it.
Mike
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7) From: Carol Lugg
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8) From: Jim Wilson
I have a Rancillio Rocky grinder, and when I was on SM we site earlier today, 
just looking around at stuff, I saw that they sell a cleaner for grinders.  I 
also read that they say you can run minute rice through your grinder as well.  
What do others on the list do?  I have only had my Rocky for about 4 months 
or so, but did not read anything about cleaning it.  Considering the cost of 
the grinder, I would like to have it for a long time to come!  All 
suggestions welcome!you  
----
Blessings,
Carol
~~~~Carol,  I put some coffee bean grinder cleaning photos up on my flickr page, here:http://tinyurl.com/3tr38ryou have to follow these photos from right to left, eh...I started this set backwards.
as you'll see, I use a Ranchilio MD-50 to grind my beans, and too, I'm using compressed air to clean the grinder (outdoors) but a household vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool works wonders inside on your counter top
something else...I used water here and there to clean this grinder that time around.  Probably not a good idea if you aren't careful as the water can get to the motor bearings, dry them out...not a good thing.  I was careful but I'm warning anyone reading my procedure, don't use water to clean your grinder.  Again, I was very careful and mindful of the harm water can do to the shaft bearings, so I avoided getting water to the bearings..  Now on the doser portion, wasn't a concern for me but the motor and it's bearings is another story.  Please be very careful where the water goes if you use water to clean anything on an electrical appliance 
Jake
Reddick Fla.
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9) From: Barry Luterman
Mike clean the grinder. You will be amazed at the difference it makes in the
cup.
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10) From: Demian Ebert
Hi Carol-
I use about the same amount I would for an espresso, about 1/4 cup. Then
adjust the burrs way down so that they actually really pulverize the rice.
As miKe mentioned, you've got to sweep out the remainders, vaccuum the beast
out, then run some beans through to get rid of the dust.
Demian
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11) From: Bob Hazen
I suppose it depends on how consistently you can keep the stale coffee in 
the nooks and crannies.  I know before I started employing a Grounds 
Propagation Device (aka Miniature Toilet Plunger) I know I got stale coffee 
mixed with fresh.  I didn't get the same mass of coffee out of the grinder 
that I put in.  For example, I might put in 40 g of coffee only to get 38 or 
39 g back out.  Then at times, I'd put in 40 g and get 42 or 43 g out of the 
grinder.  My coffee was getting hung up only to be dispensed along with the 
fresh later.  This effect largely disappeared when I started using a GPD. 
There was a thread some time ago on this very thing.  You can find it in the 
archives under "Blowing Grounds out of my Grinder."  There were some great 
ideas discussed by the group in that thread.
Bob
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12) From: MikeG
Bob I only do drip and fill the hopper with 1/2 lb and grind per each
technivorm batch to volume.  No weight data collected or desired.
I can say that I never brew a pot that tastes out of character in
terms of staleness for the age of the beans in the hopper.   No
problem means no solution required.
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13) From: Jim Wilson
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Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 21:51:15 -0500
From: "Jim Wilson" >
Subject: [Homeroast] Question on Cleaning Grinders
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I have a Rancillio Rocky grinder, and when I was on SM we site earlier today, 
just looking around at stuff, I saw that they sell a cleaner for grinders.  I 
also read that they say you can run minute rice through your grinder as well.  
What do others on the list do?  I have only had my Rocky for about 4 months 
or so, but did not read anything about cleaning it.  Considering the cost of 
the grinder, I would like to have it for a long time to come!  All 
suggestions welcome!you  
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Blessings,
Carol
~~~~Carol,  I put some coffee bean grinder cleaning photos up on my flickr page, here:
(((Sorry about the previous bad link, one that will work, below this)))http://tinyurl.com/3tr38ryou have to follow these photos from right to left, eh...I started this set backwards.
as you'll see, I use a Ranchilio MD-50 to grind my beans, and too, I'm using compressed air to clean the grinder (outdoors) but a household vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool works wonders inside on your counter top
something else...I used water here and there to clean this grinder that time around.  Probably not a good idea if you aren't careful as the water can get to the motor bearings, dry them out...not a good thing.  I was careful but I'm warning anyone reading my procedure, don't use water to clean your grinder.  Again, I was very careful and mindful of the harm water can do to the shaft bearings, so I avoided getting water to the bearings..  Now on the doser portion, wasn't a concern for me but the motor and it's bearings is another story.  Please be very careful where the water goes if you use water to clean anything on an electrical appliance 
Jake
Reddick Fla.
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14) From: Carol Lugg
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15) From: Seth Grandeau
I just did a minute rice cleaning on my Rocky and I was amazed by how much
coffee was hidden in there.  I kept seeing black flecks pop out with the
rice.  Then it took forever to pump all the remains out with a click-clack
lid.  There definitely are nooks and crannies for the coffee to hide in.
The grind is worlds better, but I miss how easy it was to take apart and
clean my Baratza Maestro.
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