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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 2:26pm
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Just pulled my very first shot of redbird.  I think I might be a convert!
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 6:54pm
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Reading this incredibly long thread has made me want to try. I have a crappy freezer, so freezing is not an option, but if there are any in West Los Angeles who want to sync up our bean ordering and split a 5lbs bag let me know. ;)
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 6:57pm
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CarloM Said:

Reading this incredibly long thread has made me want to try. I have a crappy freezer, so freezing is not an option, but if there are any in West Los Angeles who want to sync up our bean ordering and split a 5lbs bag let me know. ;)

Posted June 3, 2013 link

Many people just portion out smaller quantities in mason jars and store without freezing.
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Posted Tue Jun 4, 2013, 7:33pm
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i would love to get a taste of this espresso variation. i think it would taste good as this thread is very long already.

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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 3:19pm
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Just got my shipping confirmation for their standard espresso. Should be here by Saturday...very amped up to try it. If I like it I gotta figure out how to order and preserve it in large batches. I read that vacuum sealing doesn't do much good to stop the aging process. My freezer is terrible so I can't do that. Not sure if mason jars do anything to prolong coffee life. I may just have to buy it one pound at a time and eat the shipping. Even at that price it comes in cheaper than local Intelligentsia or other roasts, so it's not like I'm spending more money for Redbird, I just wouldn't be saving $25 in shipping if I bought it in 5lbs increments...
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:23am
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Start small and see if it is worth upgrading your freezer later.   Craigslist often have moving sales with freezers....  Hint: get the kind that doesn't defrost itself.   You have to do it once a year or so depending on the frost build up but it is worth it to have the constant cold temps.

Also, don't over the look the storage options you might have around you.  Parents/friends etc.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 1:17pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

Start small and see if it is worth upgrading your freezer later.   Craigslist often have moving sales with freezers....

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I notice that small chest freezers go on sale about once a month for $125-150. Here's a search at Dealnews.com that shows some of them.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 19, 2013, 2:20pm
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What Input at Output weights are you guys using for Redbird?  I've done a little experimenting and I'm doing 18 grams in, 30 grams out, in 32 seconds(including 7 seconds preinfusion.
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Posted Wed Jun 19, 2013, 3:22pm
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mfalcon Said:

What Input at Output weights are you guys using for Redbird?  I've done a little experimenting and I'm doing 18 grams in, 30 grams out, in 32 seconds(including 7 seconds preinfusion.
Mike

Posted June 19, 2013 link

When I've used Redbird I've gone by their parameters of 25-30 seconds timed from first drip , so after preinfusion, drips start usually around 10 seconds and I stop it around 40 or so for a 30 second shot w/ 18g dose and temp on PID set to 201. Usually about 1.75-2oz

But honestly Redbird can be pulled quite a few different ways, vs many other coffee's, for some reason it's a very forgiving blend.
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Posted Thu Jun 20, 2013, 8:54am
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I definitely agree with Redbird being a more forgiving blend.  It's probably the most forgiving blend that I've ever enjoyed(bad coffee is forgiving usually in that it's consistently bad, Redbird is fantastic though).  That's why I'm curious what others are doing.  It sounds like you are going a little longer and getting a little more output than me.  

I actually may like there Blue Jaguar setup more, but I'm not sure yet.  I don't really like attempting to give myself a/b comparisons so usually I just live with each blend for a while and see which I prefer.
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