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Topic: The Sunbeam Vac Pot, a reprise (3 msgs / 72 lines)
1) From: Hugh Solaas
Thanks for the report on the Sunbeam, Mike.  I guess I'll dust off my C30A
and give it another whirl, trying your preheating technique.  If I recall
correctly, I continuously got about 210 degrees F in the brew water, as soon
as water appeared in the upper chamber.
I have a new calibrated Marshall industrial thermometer that will give a
real good reading, and will post the results.  I'd love to get this pot up
and running, as it is one of my very first memories of coffee making.  I'll
never forget the Christmas that my Dad gave my Mother a brand new C30.  Man,
was it a beauty, especially next to the old stovetop percolator that she had
previously used!
--Hugh

2) From: mgeis
I have twice now made coffee in the Sunbeam electric by preheating the
water, pouring it into the bottom pot, attaching the top pot, and then
plugging it in.  Both times, it made excellent coffee and made it very
quickly.  In both cases, I unplugged the device as soon as the water
ascended to the top pot.  Water descended a bit slower than with the Hario
(probably because of the latent heat of the heating element in the bottom)
with the result that (I believe) I got a brewing time not unlike that of the
Hario.  I put a Pelouze into the upper chamber and got a reading a little
over 200 degrees.  I really like this machine.  Like the other older vac
pots, it works best, I presume, when operating close to capacity, so I will
probably not use it much at home, but on the road when you want a couple of
ordinary sized mugs in the morning and a mug or so left over for the road, I
think it may be ideal.  In my case, I will have to brew up two batches since
my wife likes her roast darker than I do and the speed and amount brewed
provide a good reason to use such a device.
Mike Geis

3) From: mgeis
From: "Hugh Solaas" 
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Looks like we are both going on a nostalgia trip.  I don't really recall
which specific sort of vacuum pots we had, and, alas, my folks have died and
I can't ask, but I seem to remember they had both the stove top type and a
Sunbeam type.  I look forward to your temp measurements.  I have a more
sophisticated measuring device I could use as well.
It is interesting how many facets there are to this hobby.  At least these:
1.  What beans you use
2.  What you roast them in
3.  How darkly you roast
4.  How you store the roasted beans
5.  How you grind the beans
6.  How you brew the grounds
7.  How you take your coffee
That is a lot of parameters.  Moreover, most of us do not just go one way on
each parameter.  No wonder the list is so active.
Mike


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