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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    What's the product called? I can't see your pic?
    Brewover Pauly.

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    Thanks for that. I'll take a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    Thanks for that. I'll take a look.
    It's a beauty Pauly, I think you're going to love it. I am going to try to organise a way to see the prototype again since I am here in Brisbane. That way I will know every last detail about it.

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    Just got this beauty in the mail today. It's a Hario dripper pota and a Hario Skerton hand grinder. Just picked up some Proud Mary Hondurus to put through it. I will post my results after my first attemp. image.jpg
    fingers crossed!
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    I've have one of these and love it. If I broke mine I'd buy another one tomorrow. I've even brought a glass bottle with the spring sealing white top so that I can pre-mix with milk and take to work. It is so much better than my old french press for work. I have been roasting some Rawanda Nyungwa A (from Coffee Snobs) on my Behmor and it is great in the Pota. Did your model come with the instructions written in Japanese only?

    This is what works for me. I'm using a ratio of 72g of ground coffee (a little finer than french press) and I stop the brew at 600ml. Depending on the weather I use 8 to 12 ice cubes (made from filtered water) and fill the top with cold filtered water. I also like to put a small Hario cold drip paper filter (the ones that come in packets of 50) on top of the ground coffee, although not required, I think that it helps to spread the water more evenly. Do not forget to pre-wet the coffee, I use cold filtered water (same that goes into the brewer) and the back of the measuring spoon that came with the Pota. I also aim for around 1 drip every 1.5 to 2 seconds. I also try to make the top of the coffee a little even, my thinking is that water will always find the least course of resistance.

    Looking forward to hearing how it all turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dans1982 View Post
    Just got this beauty in the mail today. It's a Hario dripper pota and a Hario Skerton hand grinder. Just picked up some Proud Mary Hondurus to put through it. I will post my results after my first attemp. image.jpg
    fingers crossed!
    She's a beauty ;-)

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    Thanks for that awesome info Smokeybean, I was trying to find some user info on this cold drip. Yes all info in Japanese, not very useful! I'm a complete novice in this regard but I tried 60g with 600ml of water and about 8 ice cubes, All filtered water of course. I set it up at 1 drip per second and it took about 3 1/2 hours. I used the hand grinder (bloody work out compared to my Kony) but getting the grind right will most likely the part I will have to work on. Initial results are a bit weak, though flavour wise is a bit hard to tell as I'm sick and my taste buds aren't great. I'll add a bit more coffee next time and slow the drip down a touch and let you know my results. It's great learning a new brewing method and all the little ups and downs that go with it, Good times ahead!

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    I've never played with cold brew before, but gave it a go on the weekend - and it was awesome!
    Very agricultural method - ran about 200g coffee through the grinder on espresso grind, dumped it on top of 1 litre of tap water in a 2L jug, let it sit for a bit, poked it gently with the back of a spoon to crack the crust and get the grinds down, then lid on and left for 24 hours or so. Ran it through a fresh, tripled-over chux to filter - and down the hatch Full strength! Soooo smooth, no bitterness - I'm highly impressed! Makes great iced coffees too at about 2.5:1 milk.

    Need to do some more now!

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    I have done a few , actually doing a drip now with a Ghetto Aeropress style with a bottle with a pinhole in the lid on top.

    It has been delicious.

    I am pulling bits and pieces together to make a bigger one and am hopefully getting there. It is rather Ghetto too.

    I am trying to have it ready for a trial run by Saturday

    Going to work gets in the way of my creativity though
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    With perth weather shy of 40dc on most summer days, would one still set a ‘cold’ drip up on their benchtop?

    Reason being I’m looking to get one of those hario plexiglass apparatus for cold drip so it definitely wouldn’t fit in my fridge…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenscroft View Post
    I have done a few , actually doing a drip now with a Ghetto Aeropress style with a bottle with a pinhole in the lid on top.
    Haha.. ahh the old Ghetto Aeropress cold dripper. 20140808_204131.jpgHere is what my shocking version looked like before I got my Bruer. I had considered a Hario cold dripper and at some point, even a huge Yama. I am now looking to replace my Bruer with the 'Brewover'. Brisbane invention. Much better price than buying a large tower for a device that has multi-functionality. It will have to hit its funding goal first of course on Kickstarter.
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    Here is the old faithful aeropress ghetto drip with the delicious brew waiting this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenscroft View Post
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    Here is the old faithful aeropress ghetto drip with the delicious brew waiting this morning.
    It sure looks a lot neater than mine did haha. I got the idea off of 'Prima'. No matter what I tried the drip rate would slow down again. The 'self-healing plastic hole' drove me nuts.

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    I couldn't wait until Saturday, so did this as a proof of concept.

    It seems to be working by just looking at it.

    Proto Big Dripper.jpg

    It keeps me awake at night thinking about various tweaks, but I have some ideas to make it all glass (well mostly).

    Also a narrower grounds holder might be better in concentrating the water flow by using something like a glass V8 juice bottle but I need to be able to cut off the bottom off the jar.

    By using Google I find a trip to Bunnings is in order


    The bottom filter screen is 500# SS mesh.

    The thing is I haven't even tasted the resulting brew yet. Hey, there will be 2 litres of it to sip and evaluate. between espresso's.

    I am excited!!!

    I have it running at approx 40 drips/minute at the moment
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    Looks good but my first thought was to get a narrower grind holder (as you mentioned)

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    I use a ratio of 1:5 to get a good strong concentrate. eg, 100g of coffee to 500ml of water.
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1415827963.171172.jpg I have played with several drippers now and this is the ultimate....

    It has massive centre vessel to fit 125g of coffee and there's lots of space around it to get to the glass without breaking anything. That's important as with the Cafe Romeo dripper I had I managed to break all 3 vessels once each and replacements were expensive

    Also, this one has no pointless and fiddly spiral to get in the way

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    Another pic of my coffee labImageUploadedByTapatalk1415828285.226722.jpg

    The trinity
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    Nice looking set up there Pauly404.

    My drip from my latest photo above worked well.

    I got about 2 litres from 280gm of grounds.

    I don't really need it this big but I was just curious.

    I am looking now for a narrow grounds container.

    The quest continues as I am trying to do this on the cheap.
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    Great idea. I'm sure that will do a great job

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    I just dicovered that the twist type open/close lid on Allowrie mixed blossom honey 375g , triangular type plastic bottle will fit on plastic bottles like Mineral water, Coke etc.

    Therefore it looks like yoy can get a controlable drip and beat those self healing pin holes.

    I will try it out tomorrow as I just got home from work and just discovered this wonderful development in the Ghetto drip world.
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    What a great idea. We use those honey things. I'm now going to make a honey sandwich so I can get through it quicker

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    Just tried a ghetto style drip myself last night using 2l juice bottle (will post pics later - need to duck out this morning) but just wondering - what kind of ratios in/out are you all getting? I ended up putting around 1 litre of water in to get about 300-400ml out of 100g coffee - does this sound right? In another thread Andy mentioned 500g coffee for 5 litres (1:10) - but is this 5 litres out? Do you just keep adding water till you get the final correct proportions? I just ended up with about 1 litre of wet sludge!

    Tastes great BTW

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    "Therefore it looks like yoy can get a controlable drip and beat those self healing pin holes."

    I use a ghetto set up that has a dripper that is one of the brass misting jets from an outdoor misting sprayer that you normally connect to a cold water tap and attach in front of a fan (on hot days). I was given spare nozzles when I bought the mister - they are adjustable and very cheap. They are threaded and can easily be hand screwed into a pierced plastic top of a repurposed plastic coke bot. Just another idea.

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    I should let you know that I got rid of the Cafe Romeo Juliet Tears cold dripper. It looks good but was useless functionally. It was so fiddly to use that I managed to break the glass 3 times. The glass is thin and fragile and replacement glass is expensive. Stay right away from this one snobs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonar View Post
    "Therefore it looks like yoy can get a controlable drip and beat those self healing pin holes."

    I use a ghetto set up that has a dripper that is one of the brass misting jets from an outdoor misting sprayer that you normally connect to a cold water tap and attach in front of a fan (on hot days). I was given spare nozzles when I bought the mister - they are adjustable and very cheap. They are threaded and can easily be hand screwed into a pierced plastic top of a repurposed plastic coke bot. Just another idea.
    Ok to Bunnings again,when I get a chance.

    I am doing a drip at the moment with the honey cap and it works but I have a slight leak from around the screw out bit'

    It is only one drop about every 8 seconds so not a big deal really, but annoys my OCD slightly.

    I am not real accurate , but for this drip I put about 90gm grounds into the aeropress and stirred in about 250ml of water to get them wet, then have put 700 ml of water for the drip.

    I will see what happens with the output when it is done.

    My woman loves it so I am going to have to keep the supply up.

    I need to roast!!!

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    Great. Enjoy

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    So here's my ghetto cold-drip arrangement. Top bottle has a tiny hole drilled in it (1.5 mm) but still poured too fast, so I lined a freezer bag in the cap, screwed it back on then put a pin hole through that which slowed it down to about 1 drip a second or so. The bottom bottle cap has a 13mm hole drilled through, and lined inside with a filter paper from the aeropress to keep the grinds in.
    I used 100g coffee (same espresso grind as my usual) and put some ice-block and about 1/3 filled the bottle. But as I mentioned, tasted great but only got about 300ml out? So added a bit more water and left it - but a little too weak now IMHO.

    Any suggestions about best practice/expectations/amounts? Like it strong, so the immersion method rates much higher so far … but happy to keep playing
    Cheers Matt

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    I got 800 ml.

    That was from the 90gm grounds wetted with about 250ml of water and then about 700ml on top.

    Seeing that the grounds holder was the aeropress, I stuck the plunger in at the end and squeezed out every last drop.

    I am loving this cold drip and as much as I am embarrassed to say so, I didn't have an espresso today, but it was a very hot day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenscroft View Post

    I am loving this cold drip and as much as I am embarrassed to say so, I didn't have an espresso today, but it was a very hot day.
    Neither did I..no need to be embarrassed I still had to make a few for my partner though I'm not looking forward to the peak of the heat wave on Sunday. I'm going to be sheltering in Tas by the end of the week though. Phew... Till then, bring on the cold brews

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    Yep, I put on another 2 litre jobbie with the big fat grounds holder.

    What I found was when I put a paper drip filter , cut out to size on top and then I put an aeropress paper filter on top of that where the drip hits.

    it seems ( by eyeballing it ) that the drip water spreads out toward the edge as well as directly down. That is what I did last time and the brown sludge is absolutely delicious.

    I am becoming obsessed and can't wait to get to Bunnings to try and score one of those mister nozzle thingy's, even though what I am doing works perfectly well.

    I really need to roast soon and am hoping that it won't be too hot tomorrow.

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    P.S. I went to Bunnings and bought some stuff to make a contraption to cut the ends of glass jars and stuff, that is after Googling the problem and watching You tube Vids, but it sort of freaks me out.

    Maybe tomorrow I will get it together and give it a go.

    But maybe not. Gotta roast!

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    I am loving this cold drip and as much as I am embarrassed to say so, I didn't have an espresso today, but it was a very hot day.[/QUOTE]

    I can second that, the GS3 has sadly layed dormant in this hot weather ( till tonight ). The cold drip is just so refreshing! I've been putting my Chemex pour over leftovers in the fridge too and taking that on the road with me. It's great to toy with different brewing methods, more variables to get your head around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    I should let you know that I got rid of the Cafe Romeo Juliet Tears cold dripper. It looks good but was useless functionally. It was so fiddly to use that I managed to break the glass 3 times. The glass is thin and fragile and replacement glass is expensive. Stay right away from this one snobs...
    Thanks Pauly, This is good information for those embarking down the cold drip path. I myself had at one point considered one of these.

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    No worries at all. I love the look of this but every time I used it there were problems... I think for a dripper you need lots of space around the glass for easy access and also, NO SPIRAL. They are fiddly, fragile and pointless. A spiral on a dripper is like a spoiler on a Corolla !!

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    This is my choice. It looks great AND it's great to use. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416004053.015239.jpg

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    The Hario cold dripper is also great. It's more compact than the Tiamo but that's because it has about half the brewing capacity. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416004286.266870.jpg
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    It's great to see this thread growing. I think cold drip is about to take off...!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    It's great to see this thread growing. I think cold drip is about to take off...!!!
    After a decade of my going on and on about the wonders of cold brewing on here it's nice to see y'all finally getting it!


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    Wow. You are a pioneer! At first I was a non-believer. Then I finally tried some and was blown away.
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    Great to see that there's a coffee brewing technique that doesn't require a mortgage to get into!

    Just had a 50/50 cold brew & sparkling mineral water on ice - very refreshing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    It's great to see this thread growing. I think cold drip is about to take off...!!!
    I think so too Pauly. It needs to be more affordable and that is why I have gotten behind products like the Bruer and the Brewover. I have really enjoyed the 'ghetto cold drip' talk on the thread. It's fun to see what we can all come up with.

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    It's true. You can get a great cold brew coffee for a small price. Also, it's easy to make your own equipment. That's how I started

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    The Hario cold dripper is also great. It's more compact than the Tiamo but that's because it has about half the brewing capacity. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416004286.266870.jpg
    Hey Pauly, out of interest what is the capacity of each of them?

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    The Tiamo is 1.5l and holds up to 150g of coffee.
    The Hario is about 750ml and holds up to 75g of coffee.
    I use the Tiamo with 140g of coffee to get 700 ml of concentrate (espresso type of strength)

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    Smile

    I now have about 2 1/2 litres of cold drip brew in the fridge and it goes down fast. Too fast actually.

    I had to do a roast today to keep up, so I thought I cannot be buggered getting out all the stuff for the Corretto, you know, laptops, multi meters and stuff.

    So I got out the Baby Roaster and ended up doing 8 roasts of about 220gm each, just for the cold drip.

    This time I didn't even write anything down. just roasted without any real intellectual stuff. Just smelled my way through it all.

    It was the best roast session ever, well in the stress level stakes.

    The thing is that it worked and the only stress I was having was that I wasn't writing stuff down and what am I supposed to do while not writing stuff down.

    I just had a beer and enjoyed it all.I had to have a beer as I had copious amounts of coffee previous to the roast session.


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    I have no idea how you will get any sleep tonight Ravensoft...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly404 View Post
    I have no idea how you will get any sleep tonight Ravensoft...
    Why sleep when you can drink coffee Thats what I tell myself at 4am making pour overs.. a few hours later the sun is up, its 8am and I'm struggling to sleep. (I work nights a few days a week).

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    Hey, I do shifts and often wake up in the wee dark hours thinking about how nice it would be to have a coffee, but then I look at the clock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenscroft View Post
    Hey, I do shifts and often wake up in the wee dark hours thinking about how nice it would be to have a coffee, but then I look at the clock.
    Yes it certainly is not a sustainable practice I try my best to not do it...but going to bed with aromatic notes lingering all over the place is bliss. Lucky I don't do shifts every night or I would be a wreck.
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