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Topic: Cleaning Grinders (18 msgs / 358 lines)
1) From: Jeff Spirer
I've been having trouble getting beans to go through my Rocky.  I think 
it's because I tend to use oily beans, and I don't believe it is specific 
to the Rocky, since it happened to the Pavoni Max grinder I used 
before.  The problem is that even after taking it apart, wiping the oil 
off, it happened again.  If I shake the machine, sometimes it starts 
again.  I'd be interested in any suggestions on how to get oily beans 
moving through the grinder more consistently.
Jeff Spirer
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2) From: Mike Gallant
I had problems with this on my Rocky as well. I removed the "finger guard"
permanently from the bean hopper, and the problem went away.
-pischke
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3) From: cationic
At 3/7/2002 02:11 PM, Jeff wrote:
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Jeff,
Yes, oily beans cause this problem. I removed the finger guard from the 
bean hopper and the problem went away almost entirely. It hardly ever 
happens now, and when it does happen, a slight bump or shake is all it 
takes to get the beans to go down. If you do remove the finger guard, make 
sure you replace the three screws that hold it in place - they also hold 
the upper part of the hopper in place. And, don't stick your fingers in the 
burrs!
Regards,
Rafael
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4) From: John and Emma
Hi all,
I have a Virtuoso and every 2-3 weeks I pull out the burrs, brush them off
and do a thorough cleaning as per the instructions in the manual. I have
heard about using minute rice to clean our grinders. I also read info. on SM
about Grindz.
What are your recommendations? Should we stay clear of rice? Should we only
use Grindz? Are there cheaper alternatives?
Thanks and all the best.
John H.

5) From: Barry Luterman
Grinz is expensive and as far as I am concerned not worth the price. I
have had a Rocky and no have a Mazzer. I have always used Minute rice
to clean my machine. Do not use regular rice as it is too hard adn not
as absorbant. Minute Rice is par boiled , therefore, it is softer and
more absorbant than regular grain rice. Put a cup in grind 1/3 and
leave it for 10 minutes. Repeat 2 more times. Empty grinder. Va
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6) From: Barry Luterman
Didn't finish. Vacuum out and run some coffee through. Dump ground
coffee. Every once in a while I also soak my upper burr in Cafiza and
hot water
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7) From: Angelo
I don't know about cheaper, but you could use oatmeal. Rolled oats 
are fine for this purpose. Oatmeal has abrasive qualities as well as 
an ability to absorb oils. Ask the missus about oatmeal masks and 
soaps for the skin... I would run the grinder at a fine grind.
I've used Minute Rice (any par-boiled rice will do), and I prefer the 
oatmeal. The burrs come out real shiny.
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8) From: raymanowen
Can you do better than the manual's instructions? There is no need to remove
the center burr to brush it off. With the ring burr out, there is plenty of
space to clean off the center burr with a small stainless steel wire brush.
I think it's overkill to remove and replace the center burr, the same goes
for using anything more than the latest bean grind to knock rubble loose. I
kept it pretty pristine with the brushes and vacuum hose every grind.
The Mazzer is harder to clean, but the faces of the burrs stay clean with
the flash frozen beans that crack easily when ground, instead of tearing
like paper. I use the BUFF grinder  on a low enough duty cycle that I
thoroughly clean it only once per month.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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9) From: raymanowen
"...no manure flavor at all."
I'm ignorant- exactly what does...? -ro
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10) From: Bill S.
John,
I use compressed air (100 PSI), located out in my garage, once a week to
clean out my virtuoso.. I used rice in the past and it seemed to do a decent
job of cleaning the burrs..
Bill
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11) From: John and Emma
Thanks for all your replies. 
We do have a great community here.
John H.

12) From: raymanowen
...air cleans the burrs OK, but where does the crud go then- how about the
contacts on three separate switches or the motor's commutator and brushes?
I vacuumed my SMP, as well as the Mazzer now but have to dig out under the
burrs. I likely wouldn't have to do any digging if I used the tank pressure
of Argon Rich submerged arc welding gas... It's just all the other SNAFU's
I'd create in the process.
It's cute to blow out equipment with an air hose; not so much when some of
the flying Scheiße lands in your eye, or some bystander's eye. -ro
NTG IMO
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13) From: Coffee
It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye...
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14) From: Allon Stern
On Jul 17, 2008, at 2:16 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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Whatever. I use regular rice to great effect. Long grain, basmati.
Experiment. Learn.
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allon
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15) From: Angelo
Isn't basmati rice parboiled?
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16) From: Lynne
My goodness, no - basmati is merely a *type *of rice (delish, too - esp. the
brown
version). Who knows - maybe there are some companies who offer it parboiled
(yuk).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BasmatiLynne
(smells like popcorn when I cook brown basmati rice - and it's oh, so
delicious)
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17) From: Angelo
I was under the impression that basmati rice is a softer rice than 
the regular white rice, which might account for it's desirability as 
a burr cleaner.
In the wiki article it's referred to as "the soft rice". It's not 
clear whether they mean before/after cooking. Isn't all rice soft 
after cooking?
Angelo
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18) From: Lynne
I have no idea. Never thought about it - just know it's delicious.
Lynne
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