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    Macap M4D - Day 1

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    Well, part one of my upgrade is on the bench at home now... Compared to my Sunbeam EM0480, the Macap is a) much heavier b) much prettier :) and c) much quieter! Im having a hard time getting it dialled in however, I havent yet got that table salt grind. (perhaps thats because I dont have any table salt to compare it to!). I notice that the Macap has numbers on the ring under the hopper which give some indication as to where you have set it, where have other Macap owners got theirs? I realise it varies with the bean, weather, how you gold your tongue etc, but I seem to be chasing a whole heap of variables at once and have wasted heaps of my precious harrar >:( Too many new toys at once methinks :) (new Bogav tamper as well). My Izzo will arrive today so I will be in a whole new ballpark coffee wise and I want to at least get the grinder nailed first. Any hints guys?

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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    Morgz

    With our Sunbeam we are on around 7.75 on the grind setting,

    single dose @ 5.7 seconds

    Double basket, dose 1 x single, tap on bench, dose another single, distribute, tamp.

    Hope that helps

    Chris

    ps. We have the micrometric worm drive model - unsure if this will make a difference...

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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    Hi Morgz,

    Given youre over the other side, if youd like to give me a buzz, I can talk you through it.

    Cheers

    Chris

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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    Quote Originally Posted by 686078726F0B0 link=1294279201/1#1 date=1294282257
    ps. We have the micrometric worm drive model - unsure if this will make a difference...
    Same here. Ill check where Im at, I think it was a lot finer than that

    Quote Originally Posted by 5F6A67605448646D6D6E6E0B0 link=1294279201/2#2 date=1294282667
    Given youre over the other side, if youd like to give me a buzz,I can talk you through it.
    Will do Chris, when Im next to the equipment. Thanks.

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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    Quote Originally Posted by 42607D68750F0 link=1294279201/3#3 date=1294297484
    Quote Originally Posted by 686078726F0B0 link=1294279201/1#1 date=1294282257
    ps. We have the micrometric worm drive model - unsure if this will make a difference... *
    Same here. Ill check where Im at, I think it was a lot finer than that

    And it all goes out the window when your Alex arrives anyway ;)

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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    Out of the box, all M4D grinders are set super fine- enough to choke the flow of turkish that they would deliver if left as is... The go is:
    • at least 10 full turns coarser on the worm adjustment. Sometimes more
    • Using the programming options of the grinder, turn continuous grind on
    • Grind manually to create a mound and groom as required. Rap off twice, top up any excess and then brush off to full and level. When using a Bogav tamper, the top edge of the tamper will be level with the top of the basket and you will get a tiny bit of resistance on load
    • Check the pour of the machine and adjust particle size as required to obtain a balanced shot. Youre then on the money for this particular bean
    • Switch to timed grind and set the double to 10 sec and see how the shot compares. A double will likely be in the 9.5-10.5 sec. range. You want to replicate the manual shot
    • Do the same with the single if you wish. Probably more like 4.5 sec will be right.
    • be mindful that temp, humidity, bean age and density and a whole heap of other factors will affect grind. Any setting is just the setting of that particular moment

    Hope that helps ;)

    Chris

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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    What he said.....

    That was the advice (from Talk Coffee) I found in older posts and followed at startup and it worked brilliantly.

    The extra time on our dose is to allow for the Sunbeam bucket ;D


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    Re: Macap M4D - Day 1

    Thanks guys, Ill give that a whirl. As delivered the Macap is set at 3/6 seconds so nowhere enough. I will try 5/10 and work from there. I don,t know where the starting point was on the micrometric screw... so I,ll just have to work on the grind size using my normal tamp until I get it right...

    I tried a few shots with the Izzo tonight but they werent great and I gave up until I have more time. I need to work through everything from the beginning and nail each variable one by one. One observation though... the steam! Holey, moley.... Houston we have lift off! :D



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