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kingoslo
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:43am
Subject: Why do I have continuously have to adjust my grind?
 

Hello there,

Can you help me work out why I continuously have to adjust my grinder?

Every couple of days, I have to adjust a bit finer, then another couple of days later: finer again.

Could it be because the adjustment head on my Compak K3 keeps unscreawing itself in tiny microscopic steps whenever I turn the grinder on, or mostly because the characteristic of the beans change from the first day in the hopper? I usually keep my beans for a week or two, tops.

What do you think? Could it be caused by something else?

Thank you for your time.

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Marius
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 1:08am
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kingoslo Said:

... or mostly because the characteristic of the beans change from the first day in the hopper? I usually keep my beans for a week or two, tops.

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This is the most predominant reason. What you observe, to go finer as the coffee beans age, is the typical behavior regardless of the grinder. I suggest you to not have your hopper full with more beans than your daily consumption or even better try to single dose.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 3:10am
Subject: Re: Why do I have continuously have to adjust my grind?
 

It's perfectly normal that you have to adjust coarseness setting on a daily basis, sometimes even within a single day, because humidity changes and the coffee beans age. The older the beans get, the finer you'll have to grind for optimal extraction.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 5:15am
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Thank you for your replies, for me it is not only the flavour which changes, the extraction times get shorter if I don't keep on adjusting finer.

Thanks.M
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 7:20am
Subject: Re: Why do I have continuously have to adjust my grind?
 

Exactly! This is completely normal. I typically put about 8-10 double shots worth of beans in my hopper at a time (a 16oz Ball canning jar). It lasts anywhere from 3-5 days.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013, 8:02am
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Thanks guys :) M
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Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:06pm
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There's also an advice in the website www.sweetmarias.com to adjust the grind when it's actually running and there's coffee in the burrs, not
when it's empty.

 
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013, 5:00am
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OK only when grinding more fine. If adjusting looses, it is OK to adjust with the grinder off. The idea is to not jamb the burrs with beans .

 
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013, 5:54pm
Subject: Re: Why do I have continuously have to adjust my grind?
 

kingoslo Said:

or mostly because the characteristic of the beans change from the first day in the hopper? I usually keep my beans for a week or two, tops.

Posted March 5, 2013 link

^ This.  It's why the one of the first questions when people say their extraction is too fast is "How old are your beans?".
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