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    My puck looks like a disaster movie

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    Got a new problem. Actually, the coffee tastes great, so might not be much of a problem.

    Ive been getting nice, solid, shower-screen-imprinted pucks consistently.

    But then...in the last couple of days when I remove the GH all looks fine, then suddenly the surface of the puck starts to bulge, then crack, much like Los Angeles in the trailers for the movie 2012.

    What does this indicate? overdosing? brew pressure too high?

    We have been using a new bean, Tekongon from Aceh, probably irrelevant but havent noticed the phenomenon otherwise.

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    Re: My puck looks like a disaster movie

    Quote Originally Posted by 303C353536363F262027530 link=1260477460/0#0 date=1260477460
    Got a new problem. Actually, the coffee tastes great, so might not be much of a problem.

    Ive been getting nice, solid, shower-screen-imprinted pucks consistently.

    But then...in the last couple of days when I remove the GH all looks fine, then suddenly the surface of the puck starts to bulge, then crack, much like Los Angeles in the trailers for the movie 2012.

    What does this indicate? overdosing? brew pressure too high?

    We have been using a new bean, Tekongon from Aceh, probably irrelevant but havent noticed the phenomenon otherwise.
    Mornin Luwaks,
    Pic would be good, Id like to see that. ;D

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    Re: My puck looks like a disaster movie

    Could be a combination of grinding too fine and/or dosing too much. Also, is the coffee quite fresh? Perhaps leave it to rest a few days more. Fresh coffee can expand a lot when brewing.

    I would try dosing down and coarsening up the grind; one at a time until you know the effects.



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    Re: My puck looks like a disaster movie

    My pucks do that slightly when the coffee is very fresh. It never seems to affect the taste so I just attributed it to a gradual release of pressure after handle unlocking.

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    Re: My puck looks like a disaster movie

    Quote Originally Posted by 0A363F2732530 link=1260477460/1#1 date=1260477795
    Mornin Luwaks,
    Pic would be good, Id like to see that.
    Just go and see the movie, Jon! *;D

    Quote Originally Posted by 32303C34343A3D20530 link=1260477460/2#2 date=1260479137
    Could be a combination of grinding too fine and/or dosing too much. Also, is the coffee quite fresh? Perhaps leave it to rest a few days more. Fresh coffee can expand a lot when brewing.

    I would try dosing down and coarsening up the grind; one at a time until you know the effects.
    Not overly fresh, about 12 days. Tried coarsening, made a bit of a difference to the bulging etc, but I think resulted in a loss of flavour, so in agreement with:
    Quote Originally Posted by 14213634043C213E323F37530 link=1260477460/3#3 date=1260522005
    My pucks do that slightly when the coffee is very fresh. It never seems to affect the taste so I just attributed it to a gradual release of pressure after handle unlocking.
    , I think Ill go back to a finer grind. *If it means I never win 1st place in a beautiful puck competition, so be it.

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    Re: My puck looks like a disaster movie

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by 020E070704040D141215610 link=1260477460/4#4 date=1260584930
    beautiful puck competition
    Keep it clean now Luwaks. ;D



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