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Airhan
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2014, 8:08pm
Subject: Re: Struggling with my Chemex
 

Scottes Said:

(Or, really, until the end result tastes good, and tastes like it's extracted properly).

Posted February 3, 2014 link

That about sums up the process of dialing in any brew method. Nicely worded!
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Espresso: Oscar
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 12:14pm
Subject: Re: Struggling with my Chemex
 

i was going to start a new thread but i figured i would try in here first.  i've been using unbleached filters with my own roasted coffee for quite some time.  i was making good tasting coffee following what everyone here has recommended. last week i bought a box of bleached filters since i've seen many people say the unbleached taste "papery".  i wanted to see if theres a difference myself.  
for some reason, the last three batches have pretty much stalled halfway through.  i'm using the same method and grind.  the only difference is the filter.  i usually ground at a 4.5 on my mazzer and on the most recent one i did it at 6.  i may have gotten a little more out of it, but not even halfway there.
all three times i used the same coffee--could that be the issue?  i dont have any other coffee to try right now-got behind on roasting.
has anyone else switched between unbleached and bleached and had issues like this?
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boar_d_laze
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Grinder: Ceado E92; "Bunnzilla"
Vac Pot: Royal Coffee Maker
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 1:49pm
Subject: Re: Struggling with my Chemex
 

Ben's (the funk's) coffee is MASSIVELY over-extracted.  His brew ratio is almost 30:1 !!!!  No wonder it's bitter.  Considering how weak it is already, I can't imagine diluting it would improve the overall result.

Coarser grind, more coffee, less water.  Go for 60g coffee / liter (35oz) of water.  If you're going to err, make it a quart of water.

As has already been posted by people smarter than me, go for 4min total pour time.

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Joey,

You're asking a completely different question.  It deserves its own thread.  

Rich
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