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jpender
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Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013, 1:01pm
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Hi Alan,

You've never worn out a seal and I've worn out two? Either I'm just unlucky or it's the difference in how we use it.

I store the plunger seperately. I don't take the rubber part off the plastic plunger. I brew at 200F. I was doing a lot of inverted brews, where the whole thing is supported by the plunger for the few minutes it takes to brew. But since making a valve for my Aeropress two months ago I no longer need to invert. By the way, I love that valve.

So is it due to temperature? inversion? or luck?
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Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013, 8:55pm
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jpender Said:

Hi Alan,

You've never worn out a seal and I've worn out two? Either I'm just unlucky or it's the difference in how we use it.

I store the plunger seperately. I don't take the rubber part off the plastic plunger. I brew at 200F. I was doing a lot of inverted brews, where the whole thing is supported by the plunger for the few minutes it takes to brew. But since making a valve for my Aeropress two months ago I no longer need to invert. By the way, I love that valve.

So is it due to temperature? inversion? or luck?

Posted July 31, 2013 link

I think it's temperature and inversion.  With normal pressing, the seal only contacts air until the end.  200F water is more stressful than air.

But please do call for a replacement.

Best,

Alan
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 8:10am
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 9:10am
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I was somewhat intrigued by that, and almost willing to pitch in to try one, but balked at paying another $20 for shipping into Canada.
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 10:21am
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 10:49am
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

Netphilosopher Said:

The only thing I think it might be missing is your valve, jpender!

Posted August 1, 2013 link

That's exactly what I was thinking. Aeropress users started inverting out of necessity but it was kind of a kludge. This guy DESIGNED IT TO BE INVERTED!
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 10:53am
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AlanAdler Said:

I think it's temperature and inversion.  With normal pressing, the seal only contacts air until the end.  200F water is more stressful than air.

Posted July 31, 2013 link

Could be. I wonder if this is the case with other inverted Aeropress users or if there is an element of luck as well.

One thing though. After inverting with that seal for about six months it was working perfectly. Then I made that valve and stopped inverting. The seal only touched air after that. And about two months later the seal started slipping down the cylinder. So was the damage already done by inverting for six months but not yet apparent until nearly two months later? Or is it something else?

I'll get another plunger seal and see what happens. I'm done inverting my Aeropress for good.
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:12am
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jpender Said:

Could be. I wonder if this is the case with other inverted Aeropress users or if there is an element of luck as well.

Posted August 1, 2013 link

I had read about folks who had slipping issues and felt lucky not to have experienced them.

Then one day I noticed the seal wasn't as good.  Doing a quick inventory of what changed with my Inverted Method I found that my procedure shifted so that I was leaving the press in a 'spent' state (in the sink) for longer than I had in the past.  Previously I'd had a routine where I'd press and then immediately eject the puck, leaving the pieces separate until I got to rinse-cleaning them.  I immediately shifted my routine back so that was happening and I found the seal snapped back.
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:26am
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CheapBastid Said:

I had read about folks who had slipping issues and felt lucky not to have experienced them.

Then one day I noticed the seal wasn't as good.  Doing a quick inventory of what changed with my Inverted Method I found that my procedure shifted so that I was leaving the press in a 'spent' state (in the sink) for longer than I had in the past.  Previously I'd had a routine where I'd press and then immediately eject the puck, leaving the pieces separate until I got to rinse-cleaning them.  I immediately shifted my routine back so that was happening and I found the seal snapped back.

Posted August 1, 2013 link

I did that with my first one, the one that lasted about a year. I'd leave it in the sink with the plunger still inside for 10-20 minutes, sometimes a little longer. But with my second plunger I ALWAYS clean it immediately, before I even look at the coffee.

Curious that yours self-healed. I've wonderd if I could do something to mine to rejuvinate it. Do you think soaking it in brake fluid would help?
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