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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 7:45am
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I'm thinking 4 minutes Is fine for that small of a grind. Thanks!!

 
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 6:23pm
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What ratio personally do you like for FP? 15:1 or 16:1? Just curious! I'll calculate the amounts after I make a decision lol I use 17:1 for Auto-Drip.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 6:29am
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I'll try that then. I used setting 18 and It was thin tasting (Well...I was using old coffee :/ that was roasted 12 days ago...) I'll use some fresh coffee and setting 20 because It was HARD to plunge.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 4:21pm
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

I'll try that then. I used setting 18 and It was thin tasting (Well...I was using old coffee :/ that was roasted 12 days ago...) I'll use some fresh coffee and setting 20 because It was HARD to plunge.

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Hard to plunge is good.  One idea I got (Netphilosopher may or may not like this) was to do a quick scoop, almost like a cupping, of the grinds at the surface right before plunging.  It makes the plunge much easier and results in a slightly cleaner cup.

If your coffee is still coming out too weak, I suspect one of too things.  Your water temp may not be high enough.  Have you checked the temp?  If you are using a thermometer, have you checked the calibration?  Another issue could be the roast.  Sometimes a light roast can be mistaken for weak coffee.  It's not necessarily that the coffee is weak, but that the flavor profile is so different from a darker roast.  But if you are getting good results from your Bunn PhaseBrew, I would suspect the water temp is the problem.
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 6:03pm
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I drop the temperature right to 200 degrees. But I heard you need to start out higher due to temperature drop. Maybe that Is the key problem In this situation...The temperature Is dropping too much when I pour It In...? And yes I am brewing freshly roasted light roast coffee and I don't find It too bad for what It Is.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 10:01pm
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

I drop the temperature right to 200 degrees. But I heard you need to start out higher due to temperature drop. Maybe that Is the key problem In this situation...The temperature Is dropping too much when I pour It In...? And yes I am brewing freshly roasted light roast coffee and I don't find It too bad for what It Is.

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How are you measuring the temperature?  It might be worth verifying with another method of measurement just to make sure you are actually getting the temp you think you are.  And yes, you do lose temp when you pour.  I use 205 for my FP, but many on here use lower than that and aren't getting weak coffee.
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Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 8:05am
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I'm using a thermometer. I stick It in the water sitting In the electric kettle.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 3:23pm
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I'm using a thermometer. I stick It in the water sitting In the electric kettle.

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Try checking the calibration on it.  And do you let it touch the bottom of the kettle?
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Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 7:44pm
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I know that It should be working correctly. But no, I don't let It touch the bottom. I let It go just under the water and the temperature show's up.

 
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