11-05-2013, 03:55 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Having just invested in two handsome manual grinders, I was wondering if there is any specific care, cleaning and maintenance routines I should be employing to ensure the life of these wonderful tools.

Both are Zassennhaus: "La Paz" and "Turkish style" mill and are my first manual grinders. Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated...

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 11-05-2013, 06:40 AM
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  • bullgoose
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The manual just says to grind minute rice in it every few months and to use Murphy's soap on the wood (if I recall correctly).

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 11-05-2013, 07:53 AM
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What I do with my old, inherited grinder is to disassemble it twice a year and use a toothpick and a toothbrush to clean the grinding wheel off. Grinding rice is a trick I haven't heard before, and one I might give a go Smile

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 11-05-2013, 08:05 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(11-05-2013, 07:53 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: What I do with my old, inherited grinder is to disassemble it twice a year and use a toothpick and a toothbrush to clean the grinding wheel off. Grinding rice is a trick I haven't heard before, and one I might give a go Smile

The manual also stated you could grind grape nuts cereal if you do not have any minute rice.

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 11-05-2013, 09:58 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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Be careful with wood oils as they may impart a scent to your coffee beans if you over do it.

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 11-05-2013, 10:16 AM
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  • freddy
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(11-05-2013, 09:58 AM)Harvey Wrote: Be careful with wood oils as they may impart a scent to your coffee beans if you over do it.

That's a good point, Harvey.

As for the Minute Rice, which Zassenhaus does suggest using to clean the grinder, what an easy solution! Smile

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 11-12-2013, 07:48 AM
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  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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do not use rice Rice is too hard.Use minute rice or any parboiled rice.For the wood use two thirds cooking oil mixed with one thing white vinegar.Grind some Minute Rice and let it sit for a while.The rice powder will absorb the rancid oil.Then grind some more etc.

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