[Homeroast] Re Rancilio Rocky grinder not working properly : Homeroast Digest, Vol 49, Issue 19

Dorian Snow dorian_snow at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 26 13:55:57 CST 2012


I don't have the Rancilio Rocky, but I do have the Baratz Virtuoso.  If I were you, I'd contact the company.  It probably is not the burrs, and can very well be the plastic pieces that adjust surround the burrs and allow the burrs to correctly twist and make the grind finer.  I do not know if the grinders are made similarly.  But let's assume they are somewhat similar.  The burrs generally last for about 1000 pounds of coffee.  However, the plastic pieces that hold the burrs can easily get worn, and tiny pieces that are extremely vital to the grinder working properly can easily snap off over time.  On my Baratza, the adjustment ring that holds the outer burr is supposed to have a few flanges (outer protruding pieces that slide into the outer adjustment ring, thus allowing the burrs to move closer or farther apart.  When those flanges break off, the adjustment to a fine grind will not work and the grinder may jam.  The Baratza customer service department will replace those plastic rings for free.  So try that with Rancilio.  Call them up or email customer service and ask them to call you to trouble-shoot your problem.   Dorian
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From: peterz5743 at gmail.com
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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:24:56 -0500
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] variable transformers

Hi Mike,
              Thank you for the site and that looks fairly easy to build :)
It is good to be able to over speed fans when roasting I think.
For the heater coil I am going to try this option:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NIK6PC/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details
 
If it will work with a router it should work with a heater, no?
 
Best,
PeterZ
 
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> wrote:
 
> Hello Peter,
>
> I've seen a few of these but this one caught my eye:
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> http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/~mdmint/coffee/fancontrolproto.htm>
> Simple but looks to be effective.
>
> Mike Mc
>
> On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 2:59 PM, peter zulkowski <peterz5743 at gmail.com
> >wrote:
>
> > Hi Folks,
> > Recently I read on this list that someone was using slide dimmers ?? for
> > voltage control. I want to manually control a split wired popcorn popper
> so
> > I need something that will handle the 1400 watts it uses.
> >
> > Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I need and where I can get it
> > cheaply?  Is it possible to use a lamp dimmer and have it control
> circuitry
> > that will do the job? Do light dimmers handle this much alone?
> > If I had a schematic I bet I could build something that would not be as
> > heavy as a Variac.
> >
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From: silascoelho1 at gmail.com
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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:29:16 -0200
Subject: [Homeroast] Rancilio Grinder issue

I've replace my  Rancilio Rocky  burrs, and cleaned inside  with a vacuum
cleaner plus a tootbrush. The problem is that after several
assembly/disasembly (I mean more than a dozen times!!!) when I put
everything back again, the coffee does not get out as it should, specially
when is adjusted to fine grind (I do expresso most of time).
 
 I also tried to (without the top plastic hopper) put my hands on the top
of upper blade (dangerous!!) to see if I could get any coffee out, but
nothing except when is very, very coarse (almost grained).
 
Seems to be a very simple mechanism to 'repel ' the grind coffee from
inside (just 3 bars on the side of the lower burr will make the job), but
for some strange reason is not working.
 
Any thoughts?
 
 
Grato/Regards
Silas
 
Contritionem praecedit superbia,
et ante ruinam exaltatio spiritus (Prov 16:18)
 
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From: jamesaquentin at yahoo.com
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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 16:04:59 -0800
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Rancilio Grinder issue

Silas,
 
I understand your frustration.  I also recently purchased a used Rocky and replaced the burrs as you did.  I started noticing that very little coffee was
actually being produced through the chute.  I believe the problem was the flow of beans from the hopper to the burrs, not within the
burrs or the Rocky's ability to propel the coffee out through the chute.  When I pour in the beans for grinding now, I now shake or stir them,
even sometimes applying slight pressure from above with my hand to get the beans moving into the burrs. Make sure the channels where they
flow from the hopper are full before starting.  Sometimes gravity doesn't seem to do the
job properly.  The size of the beans seems to make a difference also, with larger beans seemingly not working as well. My experience now is that once
the beans get moving, they almost pull more down with them, and it works well.
 
I think the Rancillio Rocky is a great grinder, and it's worth the small inconveniences that might come with it.
 
I'm not a coffee grinding expert, but I hope my similar experience at least lets you know you're not alone in this one.
 
Buena Suerte!
 
Jim  
 
 
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 From: Silas Coelho <silascoelho1 at gmail.com>
To: Homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com 
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 2:29 PM
Subject: [Homeroast] Rancilio Grinder issue
  
I've replace my  Rancilio Rocky  burrs, and cleaned inside  with a vacuum
cleaner plus a tootbrush. The problem is that after several
assembly/disasembly (I mean more than a dozen times!!!) when I put
everything back again, the coffee does not get out as it should, specially
when is adjusted to fine grind (I do expresso most of time).
 
I also tried to (without the top plastic hopper) put my hands on the top
of upper blade (dangerous!!) to see if I could get any coffee out, but
nothing except when is very, very coarse (almost grained).
 
Seems to be a very simple mechanism to 'repel ' the grind coffee from
inside (just 3 bars on the side of the lower burr will make the job), but
for some strange reason is not working.
 
Any thoughts?
 
 
Grato/Regards
Silas
 
Contritionem praecedit superbia,
et ante ruinam exaltatio spiritus (Prov 16:18)
 
http://silasmcoelho.com/
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From: sandraandina at mac.com
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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 18:56:01 -0600
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Rancilio Grinder issue

Cleaning the burrs might produce static, which in turn can make lighter beans adhere temporarily en route to the burrs and out. If you don't make a practice of storing beans in the Rocky but instead weigh/measure out what you'll need per grind, you can use your tamper as a "lid." That's what I do in both my Rocky and my Mazzer Mini. (In fact, I know someone with very little clearance between his coffee setup and his cabinet, who forgoes even the compact hopper and uses the tamper as a lid over the throat!)
On Feb 25, 2012, at 6:04 PM, James Quentin wrote:
 
> Silas,
>  
> I understand your frustration.  I also recently purchased a used Rocky and replaced the burrs as you did.  I started noticing that very little coffee was
> actually being produced through the chute.  I believe the problem was the flow of beans from the hopper to the burrs, not within the
> burrs or the Rocky's ability to propel the coffee out through the chute.  When I pour in the beans for grinding now, I now shake or stir them,
> even sometimes applying slight pressure from above with my hand to get the beans moving into the burrs. Make sure the channels where they
> flow from the hopper are full before starting.  Sometimes gravity doesn't seem to do the
> job properly.  The size of the beans seems to make a difference also, with larger beans seemingly not working as well. My experience now is that once
> the beans get moving, they almost pull more down with them, and it works well.
>  
> I think the Rancillio Rocky is a great grinder, and it's worth the small inconveniences that might come with it.
>  
> I'm not a coffee grinding expert, but I hope my similar experience at least lets you know you're not alone in this one.
>  
> Buena Suerte!
>  
> Jim  
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From: Silas Coelho <silascoelho1 at gmail.com>
> To: Homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com 
> Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 2:29 PM
> Subject: [Homeroast] Rancilio Grinder issue
> 
> I've replace my  Rancilio Rocky  burrs, and cleaned inside  with a vacuum
> cleaner plus a tootbrush. The problem is that after several
> assembly/disasembly (I mean more than a dozen times!!!) when I put
> everything back again, the coffee does not get out as it should, specially
> when is adjusted to fine grind (I do expresso most of time).
> 
> I also tried to (without the top plastic hopper) put my hands on the top
> of upper blade (dangerous!!) to see if I could get any coffee out, but
> nothing except when is very, very coarse (almost grained).
> 
> Seems to be a very simple mechanism to 'repel ' the grind coffee from
> inside (just 3 bars on the side of the lower burr will make the job), but
> for some strange reason is not working.
> 
> Any thoughts?
> 
> 
> Grato/Regards
> Silas
> 
> Contritionem praecedit superbia,
> et ante ruinam exaltatio spiritus (Prov 16:18)
> 
> http://silasmcoelho.com/
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