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Thread: Does 18g Basket mean you SHOULD be using 18g of beans?

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    Does 18g Basket mean you SHOULD be using 18g of beans?

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    Title says it all really.

    I have a VST 18g (and love it), however I actually bothered weighing how much beans I was using per shot and it was closer to 20.5g. I just fill basket, lightly tap to settle grounds, flatten it off with my finger to all edges (not applying any down pressure, simply pushing the beans around), and tamp.

    I'm a fan of the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', and I have no problems with my shots, the pucks look just peachy, however technically, should I be adjusting my grind and using less beans per shot? If so.. huzzah, more coffee per kg!

    Cheers,
    ~M

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    You might consider just reading this thread.

    VST Filter Basket - Whats Your Experience Been Like?

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    just had a read -- glad to see it's normal!

    thanks, interesting thread.

    ~M

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    what do you guys generally use to measure the weight? I have a set of digital scales, but its only accurate to 2g, so not all that useful. Cheap is good too

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    Go to ebay and can fine small cheap ones.

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    These cost about $7 delivered. It takes 2xAA batteries.


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