I'm tempted to say, "You'll know." But I think you will notice when the filter begins to have that funky look and olfactory wallop. I also keep mine in cold water in the fridge, something suggested by a friend in the past. Consider, in any case, that it's an inexpensive bit of cloth; economy in this small thing doesn't have a big payoff. When in doubt, toss it out. Enjoy, Roger Sierra Madre, CA
Hi all, Quick question for the list, please. I picked up a Yama Vacuum Brewer from Sweet Maria's last month. Love it. But, how do I know when it is time to change the filter? Everything I read says "one or two months per filter" - but what are the signs to replace? Are there even signs to replace? Thanks in advance. Chris Homeroast mailing list Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20
I think it's when it's starting to fall apart. The string breaks. The fabric tears. The time to replace mine was after I did the test. What test? After cleaning and rinsing and cleaning and rinsing and cleaning and rinsing, I made a pot of clear water with the cloth filter in place. The faint but unmistakable aroma of coffee still came through in the vapor, meaning that the cloth was still tainted even when properly cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. I've used glass rods exclusively ever since. Doug On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM, Christopher Jones wrote: <Snip> Homeroast mailing list Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20
Chris, I used mine for a short while and replaced it with the glass rod filter. One of the reasons I got the Yama was so I could use the glass rod. I haven't looked back since. I have done blind taste tests comparing the two. I found the filter that came with the vacuum pot smoothed out the flavours and you lost the high notes of the roasted bean. With the glass rod filter you were able to detect the different flavours easily ie citrus notes, blueberry etc. To answer your question I found that the filter needed replacing after about 6 weeks. This was with using the filter everyday and cleaning it with a soft brush. I used bleach to clean the filter a couple of times in that time frame as well. John H.
Thanks so much for the valuable advice! After reading the notes, I think I need to try the glass rod. Is there a particular size recommended? Or is it one-size-fits-all? Best, Chris On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 4:46 PM, John and Emma wrote: <Snip> One <Snip> nd <Snip> re <Snip> tc. <Snip> out <Snip> oft <Snip> ee. <Snip> ee.com <Snip> ee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820 <Snip> Homeroast mailing list Homeroasthttp://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee=.com Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee=.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820
Chris, I really like the Cory rod. Got one off ebay for about 10 bucks a couple years ago. I tried the Cona rod and found it to be lighter than the Cory, and it had a tendency to lift up out of its seat during the final stage of brewing. In all fairness, it has been a while since I tried it and my brewing technique has improved since that time. I may try it again. Good luck and enjoy your vac pot. I use mine several times a week. Bob Glasscock, Greenville, AL