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Posted Thu Jan 19, 2012, 3:34pm
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Miles_R Said:

I see that opinions continue to diverge. But while we are on the subject of Bialetti moka pots, I would like to ask people who have one that they use every day, how often do you replace the gasket? And how do you know when it needs to be replaced?

Posted January 19, 2012 link

I have had gaskets last two years plus, but it only takes leaving the pot on the burner past brew time once to kill a gasket. Keeping the gasket clear of used grinds helps to keep it healthy. Eventually it will start to dry up and become brittle, this is evident when removing it for a deep clean. A tell tale that it needs replacement is when you get leaks around the base and the top, if you keep going eventually it will barely brew.
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Posted Thu Jan 19, 2012, 6:20pm
Subject: Re: Cleaning Bialetti moka coffee maker
 

Miles_R Said:

I see that opinions continue to diverge. But while we are on the subject of Bialetti moka pots, I would like to ask people who have one that they use every day, how often do you replace the gasket? And how do you know when it needs to be replaced?

Posted January 19, 2012 link

I've had my Bialetti brikka for about 5 years, never once have I had to replace the gasket.  If you do not use the moka pot for quite some time you may wish to put some water on the gasket and rub it into the gasket a bit with your fingers, but besides that there is no reason to change it (unless of course you burn it up for some reason by overheating, etc.)

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Posted Thu Jan 19, 2012, 9:15pm
Subject: Re: Cleaning Bialetti moka coffee maker
 

Ha. Three pages (so far) on cleaning moka pots.

While I don't use it every day, I have used mine probably a few hundred times, and all the original parts (namely, the seal) are still good after six years.

Re: cleaning: mine is stainless, but I wouldn't think that aluminum would be different here.

I use only water and a paper towel most of the time to clean it.
Occasionally I use vinegar and water, but the real sweetie is Arm and Hammer coarse super washing soda.

I boil water in it as I would with coffee. I put the soda in the bottom, and when it brews up top, there's all kinds of crud that comes out. It has to be all from the tube, which can't be reached otherwise. Feels good.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 6:09am
Subject: Re: Cleaning Bialetti moka coffee maker
 

lifeandpeace Said:

Ha. Three pages (so far) on cleaning moka pots.

While I don't use it every day, I have used mine probably a few hundred times, and all the original parts (namely, the seal) are still good after six years.

Re: cleaning: mine is stainless, but I wouldn't think that aluminum would be different here.

I use only water and a paper towel most of the time to clean it.
Occasionally I use vinegar and water, but the real sweetie is Arm and Hammer coarse super washing soda.

I boil water in it as I would with coffee. I put the soda in the bottom, and when it brews up top, there's all kinds of crud that comes out. It has to be all from the tube, which can't be reached otherwise. Feels good.

Posted January 19, 2012 link

I will have to try the Arm and Hammer. I have always had varied sizes of nylon bristled brushes for cleaning tubes but I guess most people do not have them laying around.

I must say when it comes to judging time I am very bad, heck it seems like my 4.5 yo was born yesterday and I have no idea where my 21 mo came from, lol. I guess my gaskets have lasted years when I did not bake the pot, however I am prone to bake the pot.

SS pots are a breeze to care for, I have some aluminum pots that I got over 15 years ago and well they show their age yet perform perfectly.

I still do not understand not using soap and water for a deep clean, one throw away brew resolves any lingering soap while vinegar in an aluminum pot takes 3 throw away brews to remove the taste and smell.
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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 1:48pm
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lifeandpeace Said:

I boil water in it as I would with coffee. I put the soda in the bottom, and when it brews up top, there's all kinds of crud that comes out. It has to be all from the tube, which can't be reached otherwise. Feels good.

Posted January 19, 2012 link

This is an interesting idea, i've never thought of cleaning it that way.  Is this stuff the same as baking soda I wonder?
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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 2:19pm
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toomuchkawfeeman Said:

This is an interesting idea, i've never thought of cleaning it that way.  Is this stuff the same as baking soda I wonder?

Posted January 20, 2012 link

No, as I recall from using both in chemistry experiments as a boy. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate; washing soda is sodium carbonate.
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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 4:41pm
Subject: Re: Cleaning Bialetti moka coffee maker
 

toomuchkawfeeman Said:

This is an interesting idea, i've never thought of cleaning it that way.  Is this stuff the same as baking soda I wonder?

Posted January 20, 2012 link

No it is not the same as baking soda. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_soda
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Posted Sun Jan 22, 2012, 5:02pm
Subject: Re: Cleaning Bialetti moka coffee maker
 

germantownrob Said:

I have had gaskets last two years plus, but it only takes leaving the pot on the burner past brew time once to kill a gasket. Keeping the gasket clear of used grinds helps to keep it healthy. Eventually it will start to dry up and become brittle, this is evident when removing it for a deep clean. A tell tale that it needs replacement is when you get leaks around the base and the top, if you keep going eventually it will barely brew.

Posted January 19, 2012 link

correct. No need to replace the gasket until the pot leaks. Depending on frequency and maintenance, a well rinsed pot can work easily 5-10 between gasket replacement (two years under heavy use I think). My mother has Bialetti pots 40 years old. In such lifespans the biggest threat to moka pot survival is unintentional handle burning (happens when you brew coffee talking to someone, not realizing the handle is over the burning  gas  flame. I suppose  electric stoves are safer from that point of view).
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Posted Sun Jan 22, 2012, 5:15pm
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dunaii Said:

No need to replace the gasket until the pot leaks.

Posted January 22, 2012 link

I've never had a gasket wear out to the point of it leaking but I've found that after a while they get really ugly looking. I've replaced them for that reason alone. Unfortunately, for some reason it takes a fair number of brews for the seal on a brand new gasket to set with my moka pot. A leaky seal is annoying enough that I've put off replacement for as long as three or four years. Otherwise I'd toss out the brown funky thing and put in a fresh clean one a lot more often.
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Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012, 5:03am
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jpender Said:

Otherwise I'd toss out the brown funky thing and put in a fresh clean one a lot more often.

Posted January 22, 2012 link

the last coffee pot I've bought has a transparent-whitish silicon gasket which is nice to see (Lagostina, not Bialetti). The Lagostina is nice, good-looking, but it's made in PRC and the internal filter is not made in a single piece, it's welded, and the internal parts are not machined as well as the Bialetti, even if , being a Lagostina, it's still a  well made object. We'll see if the silicon gasket will last.
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