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Topic: Yama Vacuum Brewer filter (6 msgs / 181 lines)
1) From: Roger Lebow
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

2) From: Christopher Jones
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
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3) From: Doug Hoople
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
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4) From: John and Emma
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.

5) From: Christopher Jones
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
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6) From: Bob Glasscock
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


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