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wkearney99
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 6:32am
Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
 

zmeister Said:

You may give Bunn a call and see if they will send you a replacement filter basket.  

Posted January 21, 2011 link

I'm thinking that constricting the hole at the bottom of the basket might help a bit too.  Not by a lot, just a little smaller.  Too small and there'd be a risk of the water overflowing the filter and basket.  It might be practical to test it a bit with a stainless steel washer.  Just rest it over the existing drain hole.  Maybe make up a few of them with different sized holes through them.  I suppose the real trick would be finding a food grade washer.  Or cutting one myself from a small sheet of stainless.  Though I don't really have enough of a problem with the brew to do it right now.  

If I really wanted to over-engineer it I might consider a flange of some sort on the bottom of the basket.  One like how the basket itself is held in the machine.  That way I could slot-in a different constrictor plate.  But, again, the current brew doesn't bug me 'enough' to spend the time on it... yet.
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mario57
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 8:06am
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Maybe using 2  paper filters instead of 1 might work,  if that doesn't cause the flavor to be even weaker or the basket to overflow.
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wkearney99
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 8:28am
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mario57 Said:

Maybe using 2  paper filters instead of 1 might work,  if that doesn't cause the flavor to be even weaker or the basket to overflow.

Posted January 21, 2011 link

I'm guessing that would end up absorbing more of the oils, perhaps too much.  I don't want to lose the flavor.  Just slow it down and let the beans get brewed a bit longer.
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lotek
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 8:54am
Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
 

This has been a timely thread for me as my previous Hamilton Beach machine up and died.
I've been using a French Press in the interim.
I ordered an HT from Amazon, was told it would be 2 - 3 weeks before it shipped, it arrived in
6 days.
Yesterday I ran 2 full pots of water only, temp at the outlet of the basket varied from 199 to 203 degrees,
using a thermapen.  Also noted that I had 5 nice distinct streams off the shower head.
My first pot was with Yirgacheffe ground the same as we used in the previous pot, coffee was good
but a little thin tasting. On a lark I measured the temp of the last cup an hour after brewing and it
was down to 167 degrees.
This morning's pot used a much finer grind, probably 1/2 way between my old drip setting and the
setting I use for espresso. Much better, the coffee was stronger, had more visible oil and a very
smooth flavor.
Yes the pot is noisy, yes it steams quite a bit and watching the sliding cover over the water reservoir
deform up was a bit disconcerting, but a folded bar towel remedied that.
Overall after now making 3 pots with it I'm pretty satisfied, it makes a nice alternative to the Technivorm
for half the price.
That said, I'm impressed with Bunn for their commitment to the product, and for their participation
here.

Marty
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Posted Sat Jan 29, 2011, 10:48am
Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
 

Had mine two months now. My first carafe dripped and Bunn sent me a replacement which is fine (though I don't like the narrow neck design).

Two days ago it stopped working. The gurgly noises are still there, but the water doesn't get very hot and never runs into the filter basket.

I like the design very much but am disappointed in the quality control (at least with mine).

I'm sure customer service will make good.

PS: I also have found myself moving toward a very fine grind. I usually brew 4-6 cups so I think that will help slow things down and increase extraction.
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Posted Mon Jan 31, 2011, 8:21am
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Ordered and received an HG from Amazon this past week.  I've spent about 5 days with the machine now.  Overall I love the idea of the machine but I hope some fixes can be made to make it the machine it should have been out of the box.  

- Leaky Carafe - you've heard this story.  Same deal here.  The plastic spout has a great pour to it but the handle feels flimsy when you fill the carafe half way and give it a swirl when rinsing out.  There's a small adhesive dot between the glass and the tail of the handle that has already come free.  

- Shower head Issue - I get two big drippy streams.  Maybe three at the beginning of the brew but for the most part the shower head only splits the stream in half.  Grounds after brewing have two distinct craters.  No sign of unsaturated grounds but I don't see how there can be any "mixing action" as is so prominently advertised.  I don't know how big of a concern this really is but if something isn't as advertised, I think it needs addressed.  

- Lid/Top of Machine @ End of Heating Cycle - this is the most disturbing of the issues with my machine that gives me pause on holding on to it.  Towards the end of the heating cycle, the lid of the water tank lifts open ~1/4" and the rest of the top surface of the machine lifts up from the mating surface.  I didn't see this at first but when I was looking to see where all of the errant steam was coming from, I realized it.  I can see a clear gasket between the top piece and the adjacent surface.  If it was important enough to have a gasket here, I'm guessing I shouldn't be able to see a gap here.  This machine is in no way acceptable for use under kitchen cabinets; the amount of steam is unreal!

I've got an email in to Lisa...I have confidence that things will be made right (that's the only reason I took the risk of buying this machine in the first place) although I'm not sure in the end this will be the machine staying on my counter.  

Rob
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Posted Wed Feb 2, 2011, 7:15am
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Hi all,

I've been following this thread closely as I'm pretty interested in the HT model.  The reports of the lid on top bulging while the water heats up concerns me and it sounds like a lot of people are having the problem.  So, I kind of wonder, does everyone have this issue?  To me, this would have been a red flag at the testing stage.  Those of you who have not commented on it, do you experience it too and just not worry about it, or are there some out there that don't experience this problem?
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wkearney99
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Posted Wed Feb 2, 2011, 10:47am
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DaveKl Said:

Those of you who have not commented on it, do you experience it too and just not worry about it, or are there some out there that don't experience this problem?

Posted February 2, 2011 link

We've not had any of the problems cited here.  The top lid swivels around just fine, and stays closed during the heating cycle.  Nor is there any excessive steam or anything leaking from around the top.  It showers the grounds with multiple streams.   We've used it every morning for a month and it's still working great.
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Posted Wed Feb 2, 2011, 8:45pm
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wkearney99 Said:

We've not had any of the problems cited here.  The top lid swivels around just fine, and stays closed during the heating cycle.  Nor is there any excessive steam or anything leaking from around the top.  It showers the grounds with multiple streams.   We've used it every morning for a month and it's still working great.

Posted February 2, 2011 link

Good news!  Thanks for confirming that it isn't a problem with all units.
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Posted Thu Feb 3, 2011, 12:00am
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I've got the same "problem" with my ht, however it really doesn't affect anything, and as soon as the unit cools down it goes back to normal. It's just a case of temp getting too hot for how thin the plastic swivel lid is. Really you don't even need the lid except to keep dust out when not in use.
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