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    How do I know the right size with a manual grinder?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I have just bought a manual burr grinder. I understand that the adjustment for size is the knob at the top?


    Now, I know that Siphon coffee is supposed to be a bit finer than drip.. but how do I know how fine that is?

    Daniel.

    PS. This is a picture of my grinder.


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    Re: How do I know the right size with a manual grinder?

    Hi

    It should feel like fine sand. A bit finer than sand from Bondi beach but not as fine as flour.

    Or grind to a fine sand and then run your extraction - if its too fine you wont get your approx 25 mL in 25 secs so make it courser - its its too course it will come out too fast.

    I have a Euro grinder, same construction but yours is far better looking. Once you get the grind right you just leave it at that I find.

    PS. yours has a nice Hario label whereas other Hario grinders like here http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1231888328/3#3
    dont have the label. What I wonder? Looking on the internet I can see one like yours.
    Nice

    Mike

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    Re: How do I know the right size with a manual grinder?

    Yes it seems only this "smaller" one has the label. Good news is, Im not sure mine is adjustable, and its since its made for their Siphons, hopefully its set at the right size.

    Anyways, the grinding action is very easy, and the time it took to grind 30g was exactly the time it took to boil the water.

    It was much easier than I thought!

    Daniel.

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    Re: How do I know the right size with a manual grinder?

    Go for white Sugar for a close size match for Syphon grinds. Mikes grind for Espresso is correct.

    I would be surprised if there is no adjustment for the burrs. Just under the handle does the next metal part turn independantly of the handle or look like it is on a threaded shaft?

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    Re: How do I know the right size with a manual grinder?

    Yes, the shaft is threaded. Ill have another look and see if it can be tweaked.

    Daniel

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    Re: How do I know the right size with a manual grinder?

    Hi

    I can see from the pic that it is adjustable. Its just a very tricky mechanical system.

    ** Grind some coffee and save it in a container as a reference.**
    Unscrew the nut at the top and remove the handle.
    There is a lug of metal that fits into a notch in a toothed cog. It locks the cog from turning.
    Lift of the lug of metal strip or remove it.
    ** Note the current position of the lug and cog **
    Rotate the cog a few turns and you will see it will lift or lower the conical gear. Turn it a few turns to either raise or lower the cone.
    Now put the lug back.
    Put the handle back and screw on the top nut.

    Test the grind and compare to the previous grind.

    Mike



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