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Xeno
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Sun Jan 5, 2014, 4:06pm
Subject: Need advice, perhaps grinder needs a cleaning?
 

Hello all,

I think my Baratza Vario needs a comprehensive manual cleaning.  I ran some (non-instant) oatmeal thought it a couple months ago, and I've been having nothing but problems since.  I remember the oatmeal actually coming out warm feeling at one point.

Anyway, now all of my shots are blonding way early (using Gaggia Classic).  At the end of my double shot, 80% is crema (and it finally settles a minute later to around 20%.)  I have a feeling it's my grinder because i changed beans 3 times and it's doing the same thing.  The shot also tastes quite under extracted each time.  I've been adjusting so that it's a 25-30 shot, but it always tastes weak.  Puck is sometimes wet, but usually I'm getting it solid.  What I think is happening is that I messed the burrs up with the oatmeal, and now things are channeling through the puck.  Any opinions on this?

Also, are there any comprehensive guides to cleaning the Vario?  I am afraid to remove the lower burrs because I need hearing about issues happening when people do so.  If there is none, could someone give me a step-by-step on how to do so and what to look out for?

Thank you!

Edit:  Let me add that I was on an over year-long hiatus from brewing espresso at home.  When I began again (a couple of months ago) is when I cleaned the grinder out with the oatmeal.  This is why I'm not 100% sure it's due to the oatmeal process - because I have nothing to compare it to besides what I was brewing over a year ago.
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emradguy
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Posted Sun Jan 5, 2014, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: Need advice, perhaps grinder needs a cleaning?
 

oatmeal??????????  where did you hear to use oatmeal? It's RICE, and the instant part is very important. The alternative is to use Grindz.

My suggestion is to disassemble the grinder and clean it thoroughly. Then, put it back together, calibrate and dial in your grind all over again. You should be good to go after that. Baratza has great tutorials/guides/troubleshoots and walkthroughs on their website.  I'd look there first for the how to on disassembly.  All else fails, call or email them. They are great people and will help you as much as you need!

 
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Xeno
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Location: NYC
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Sun Jan 5, 2014, 8:43pm
Subject: Re: Need advice, perhaps grinder needs a cleaning?
 

I've heard to use Oatmeal from many sources, including Craig I believe - as long as it's not the instant oatmeal.  

Actually see Craig's reply on this thread:  http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/grinders/553785

Thanks, I'll check Baratza's site out.
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emradguy
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Posted Mon Jan 6, 2014, 12:22pm
Subject: Re: Need advice, perhaps grinder needs a cleaning?
 

Wow!  I've never heard that before.  Obviously, I didn't see that thread.

 
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Xeno
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 12:03am
Subject: Re: Need advice, perhaps grinder needs a cleaning?
 

emradguy Said:

oatmeal??????????  where did you hear to use oatmeal? It's RICE, and the instant part is very important. The alternative is to use Grindz.

Baratza has great tutorials/guides/troubleshoots and walkthroughs on their website.  I'd look there first for the how to on disassembly.  All else fails, call or email them. They are great people and will help you as much as you need!

Posted January 5, 2014 link

:(  They have no guide.  Guess I'll give em a ring tomorrow.  Thanks again,
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