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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 8:18pm
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woodscomp Said:

Over a month into using the bonavita and all is well.

If anyone would like a half priced replacement brazen send me a pm.

Posted July 21, 2013 link

Post your Brazen in the BST(BUY/Sell/TRADE) forum here.
It's against CG rules to sell on a non BST thread.

BTW, I suggest to all that before brewing a pot, dry all water clinging to the bottom of the lid first. You'll get a better seal, and no dripping down the face.
That's a powerful element down there, and the water will be roiling.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 6:18am
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Rob, maybe you have it right and I have it wrong but ...

As I watch the brewing, I see little or no steam coming out around the lid.  I think it mainly condenses on the underside of the lid and drips back down into the kettle. If some does come out, initially, it probably enhances the seal with a film of water.

I think it is the seal and the presence of a slight positive steam pressure that allows the water to exit evenly through all the holes in the shower head.  As you get down to (say) the bottom 1/4 of the kettle, gravity is not enough.

A warped lid, OTOH, might not allow that seal to form and make the brewer dysfunctional.  

(Not withstanding all that, I dry my lid all the time ...!!)

 
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 6:36am
Subject: Re: Behmor Brazen users weigh in
 

JKalpin Said:

Rob, maybe you have it right and I have it wrong but ...

As I watch the brewing, I see little or no steam coming out around the lid.  I think it mainly condenses on the underside of the lid and drips back down into the kettle. If some does come out, initially, it probably enhances the seal with a film of water.

I think it is the seal and the presence of a slight positive steam pressure that allows the water to exit evenly through all the holes in the shower head.  As you get down to (say) the bottom 1/4 of the kettle, gravity is not enough.

A warped lid, OTOH, might not allow that seal to form and make the brewer dysfunctional.  

(Not withstanding all that, I dry my lid all the time ...!!)

Posted July 22, 2013 link

Since drilling a small hole in the lid of my Brazen I have had no incidents of incomplete emptying. There are no issues with inadequate dispersion or quality of the coffee. My problem seemed to have been caused by the lower pressure formed by the draining of the water into the grounds, creating a vapor lock in the heating chamber.
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 9:01pm
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You know i thought about drilling a hole in my lid. But i figured the most condensation left over couldnt be more than a couple of tablespoons. Mine was a faulty valve.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 4:54pm
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woodscomp Said:

I was not interested in long "soak" times which equates to long pauses between the valve opening and letting more pass through the filter. That is not soaking. Soaking would be having the basket closed as well and let the water sit in the basket with the grounds and extract maximum flavor from the beans. This machine does not have that capability. I don't know, maybe Behmor's idea of soaking and mine are different.

Posted June 2, 2013 link

Hey, woodscomp, if you haven't already sold your Brazen, here's an idea to get the soaking functionality you mentioned. Try removing the carafe during the pre-soak cycle. This will close the water flow from the basket and allow the grounds to truly soak during that time. Just remember to place the carafe back in place before the other cycles begin.
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