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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 3:00pm
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I just picked up a never used (still in original packing) GE Brew Starter II era 1980's I believe.  The picture below is what it looks like (clock with hands!).   I got it at our local Salvation Army for $8.  I did a temp of the water going into drip basket:  185F in the beginning of the cycle to 200F at the end.  Never over 200. It put the 10 cups water through quicker than I anticipated it would.   I intend to get the plastic water dispersal thing that sits above the basket and set a very small perf stainless disk in it (after cutting out its small dispersal platform).  It has the flat bottomed basket so I may even get a gold filter for it instead of paper.

I had recently purchased a Bunn Phase Brew HT from amazon and sent it back.  It had electronic issues.  We'll see about this old relic.

Len

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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 6:45pm
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Just tried coffee made with it and it was bitter.  I substituted a gold cone for the filter basket (I put the cone direcvtly into the pot) and put the dispersion screen on top ... no more bitterness.

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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 10:45am
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My G.E. Brew starter is dying after 31 years of loyal service.   They don't make them like this any more (on the back it says it was made in Ohio, not China!).  Can't figure out what to replace it with, maybe I can check the Thrift shops for another New-in-box G.E. Brew Starter?
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:52am
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vdabaghian Said:

My G.E. Brew starter is dying after 31 years of loyal service.   They don't make them like this any more (on the back it says it was made in Ohio, not China!).  Can't figure out what to replace it with, maybe I can check the Thrift shops for another New-in-box G.E. Brew Starter?

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Wouldn't you know I threw it away after I purchased my Technivorm. :(  

I would have given it to you for just shipping cost.

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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 8:50am
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

Wouldn't you know I threw it away after I purchased my Technivorm. :(  

I would have given it to you for just shipping cost.

Len

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DAMN I was so jealous of that thing too.  Threw it away?! One man's trash etc.

I love finding old school appliances, especially when in nice condition like that.  Such flashlights, toasters, speakers etc. I value so much more over my recently manufactured equivalents.  Analog clock!
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 9:35am
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VKirby Said:

DAMN I was so jealous of that thing too.  Threw it away?! One man's trash etc.

I love finding old school appliances, especially when in nice condition like that.  Such flashlights, toasters, speakers etc. I value so much more over my recently manufactured equivalents.  Analog clock!

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Yes, the analog clock was a selling point.  That and the nice strong plastic smell and taste that leached into my brew and bloodstream with my first couple pots assured me I got a great deal (well, at $8 I probably shouldn't complain ...).

Len

 
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 10:14am
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

Yes, the analog clock was a selling point.  That and the nice strong plastic smell and taste that leached into my brew and bloodstream with my first couple pots assured me I got a great deal (well, at $8 I probably shouldn't complain ...).

Len

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You hadn't mentioned plastic taste until now.  Just the bitterness that you said you solved with the gold cone.

But no that doesn't sound good.  Oh well, human nature not to downplay options until we've moved on from them, I do it too.  Still can't help but think I'll be looking for something like it at estate sales etc. despite knowing the full story now. Thanks for sharing!
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 11:58am
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VKirby Said:

You hadn't mentioned plastic taste until now.  Just the bitterness that you said you solved with the gold cone.

But no that doesn't sound good.  Oh well, human nature not to downplay options until we've moved on from them, I do it too.  Still can't help but think I'll be looking for something like it at estate sales etc. despite knowing the full story now. Thanks for sharing!

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I never did get a gold filter for it.  The disk I made just didn't work as well as I had hoped either.  

Len

 
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

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