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Topic: Static electricity on coffee grinder... (18 msgs / 358 lines)
1) From: Ken Knott
So my coffee grinder, a burr grinder I got for around $100, is developing some severe static electricity.  When I slide out the coffee grind collection thingamabob, grinds fly everywhere....
I've tried smacking it a bit to settle the grinds before pulling it out to no avail....
What are some ways I could discharge all this build up static electricity???
I've cleaned it repeatedly (removing the burrs and giving it a good washy wash) but it doesn't seem to make any difference...
Any advice?
Thanks,
Ken
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2) From: Pat Murray
I had to start tearing off a corner of a paper towel and roll it into a
loose ball, wet it, wring it out slightly, put it in a small covered jar,
shake it around for a minute to transfer the moisture to the beans, then
grind and should be OK. (It never caused a rust problem on the burrs)  I
live in the Nevada desert and this procedure was essential until I got a
Barsata Virtuoso grinder and that eliminated the static almost completely.
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3) From: Yakster
I've heard of various tricks, depending on the grinder, but haven't totally
resolved this situation myself.
One idea I heard was to wrap some aluminum foil so that it would connect to
the electrical ground of the grinder and come into contact with the grounds
as they enter the bin to discharge static.
I've read of certain grinder mods where a wire grid is put in front of the
grinder chute to accomplish the same thing.
I've used a static eliminator keychain (like this onehttp://www.universalpart.com/LCD-Static-Eliminator-Black_item_7877.html)on
the plastic grounds bin after grinding that helps somewhat.
I've also heard adding a drop of moisture will eliminate this.
Finally, I've heard some people use those Zerostat guns that shoot positive
and negative ions to eliminate static (designed for record albums).
What kind of grinder do you have?
-Chris
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4) From: jon morgan
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The only thing I have found that helps is to hit it. Hopefully some one has
figured it out.
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5) From: R Nepsund
I remember from my first mostly plastic grinder that I put some
aluminum foil in the collection bin so the grounds were not sliding
against the plastic so much and generating more static electricity.
The problem got worse after I had washed the bin a number of times.
Apparently there was some kind of anti static coating that I had
washed off.
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 some severe static electricity.  When I slide out the coffee grind colle=
ction thingamabob, grinds fly everywhere....
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o no avail....
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6) From: Captain CowPie
Wow, I still have my Zerostat gun from my LP days. I will have to bring it out and give it a try. Thanks for the advice.
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7) From: Kathleen Tinkel
I have the same problem with my Virtuoso. I keep an old fork next to 
the grinder, and use it to aerate the grounds before I put them into 
the coffee maker. Kind of annoying, but it works fine.
-- Kathleen
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8) From: Lynne
This is just a thought, and I might be completely wrong - but could the air
in your home be very dry? Last yr in my old apt during the colder seasons I
was plagued w/static electricity everytime I touched my almost-grandson (he
was about 2 then, and started to get afraid to get hugged! :-(
Ended up just putting a big pan of water on the stove on low, and it solved
the problem.
Hey - it's worth a try...
Lynne
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9) From: Andy Thomas
I've read (probably on this list) that you can wipe the OUTside of your col=
lection thingamabob with one of those laundry softener-anti-static sheets. =
I've not tried it, so can't vouch for its efficacy.
From: Ken Knott 
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Sent: Sun, November 29, 2009 10:58:04 AM
Subject: [Homeroast] Static electricity on coffee grinder...
So my coffee grinder, a burr grinder I got for around $100, is developing s=
ome severe static electricity.  When I slide out the coffee grind collect=
ion thingamabob, grinds fly everywhere....
I've tried smacking it a bit to settle the grinds before pulling it out to =
no avail....
What are some ways I could discharge all this build up static electricity???
I've cleaned it repeatedly (removing the burrs and giving it a good washy w=
ash) but it doesn't seem to make any difference...
Any advice?
Thanks,
Ken
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10) From: JP
The darker the roast, the more static I get.
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11) From: Ken Knott
Nice call!  That is what I have!  A Capresso Infinity...
I've used it for hmm, nearly 2 years and the static issue has only developed in the last few months....
weird... 
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12) From: John A C Despres
HA! The Z-Stat would be great! Still use mine on LPs and it may very well
work for your grinder. If you have one, shoot the collection thingamabob
with it before grinding.
John
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13) From: miKe mcKoffee
Year's ago when I still used a Maestro I'd wash the grinds catcher in dish
detergent, rinse and dry. That would eliminate the static for a spell. When
static returned repeat...
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14) From: Paul Helbert
Barsata coats their plastic drawers with something which works. I would try
the laundry dryer sheet on the outside of the thing. (If it is a Barsata,
I'd call them to see if they can ship me a new one with the coating). Please
let us know what you find out
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That's good advise, too.
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15) From: Glenn
I suppose that the humidity is a major culprit but the different beans 
are also a factor. To solve mine I made a paper funnel out of a sheet of 
legal size paper that would fit snugly over the container and fits the 
aeropress as well. My wife hasn't complained about my coffee counter 
mess since. Glenn
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16) From: Yakster
I've noticed increased problems recently, that I attributed to the change in
the weather.
I'm going to try a few of these tricks.
-Chris
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17) From: kevin creason
I have an Infinity that I still use as my decaf espresso grinder, and
press/syphon pot grinder. It also developed static after the first year but
it still isn't as bad as some cheaper grinders. I see more static on beans
with more chaff, and not so much on finer grinds.
I think I will try some of these fixes too.
The Infinity isn't as messy as the Maestro.... my wife just complains about
the amount of space I've stolen in her kitchen but she loves the carmel
cortados so it all can stay.
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18) From: Angelo
I've read that lacking a Zero-stat, you could use a piezo lighter, 
the type that's used to light barbecues... You don't want the flame. 
just the click... :-)
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