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Topic: vac pot - stovetop vs alcohol burner (4 msgs / 74 lines)
1) From: Brian Ray
hi all - i brew with a bodum vac pot at home and at work.  at home i brew on 
an electric range and at work with the alcohol lamp kit.  i usually brew a 
pot at home in the morning for my wife and i, and then another pot at work 
for myself and some colleagues.  in both cases i heat the water to boiling 
in a kettle before adding it to the carafe and inserting the top.  i've 
noticed that with the stovetop i get a much thicker froth at the top - 
usually close to 1/2" - during brewing and also a stronger vacuum during 
filtering.  i also feel that the stovetop method produces a slightly better 
flavor with the same roast.
i haven't checked the temp at work, but at home its usually btwn 195 and 
200.
anyways, my question is what would cause these effects and whether there is 
a way to adjust the alcohol method to achieve results similar to the stove 
top.  thoughts? suggestions?
brian
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2) From: John Blumel
On 6/18/02 2:56 PM, Brian Ray wrote:
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Where are you grinding the work coffee? If at home, that might account 
for the difference in flavor and foam, although, the 'stronger vacuum' 
would, I think, point to a higher temperature on the stove and, thus, 
more air forced out. The sprinklers at work can significantly cool the 
pot if you aren't careful.
John Blumel
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3) From: Brian Ray
^Where are you grinding the work coffee?^
- i grind fresh at work with a braun burr grinder so i don't think that's a 
factor
^The sprinklers at work can significantly cool the
pot if you aren't careful.^
- no problems there yet :)  although it was a potential concern when i 
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4) From: Angelo
Brian,
You might want to try a butane micro-burner instead of the lamp. You can 
get one for about $27 on the Internet. If you want the company, email me 
off-list.
They seem to put out a much hotter and cleaner flame. No soot on the pot 
and no odor  in the room.....
Ciao,
Angelo
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