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Date: 02 Sep 2007 19:45:16
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Subject: Any experience cleaning Baratz Virtuoso grinder

Anyone got a Virtuoso that you've cleaned? Having problems with mine.





 
Date: 03 Sep 2007 05:32:47
From: JKevorkian
Subject: Re: Any experience cleaning Baratz Virtuoso grinder
On Sun, 02 Sep 2007 19:45:16 -0500, choffman@austin.rr.com wrote:

>
>Anyone got a Virtuoso that you've cleaned? Having problems with mine.

What problems have you experienced?

If you fail to install the silicone gasket around the bottom of the bean hopper,
you open yourself up to some unnecessary disassembly grief, as the beans make
their way into the adjusting mechanism and muck things up.
If you haven't already found the Baratza site, here's a URL for you to
explore:
http://www.baratza.com/pdfdoc/virutoso%20operations%20manual%206x7final_6pages.pdf

Elaborate more on your problem, and perhaps we can help.

Cheers.


  
Date: 03 Sep 2007 10:39:50
From:
Subject: Re: Any experience cleaning Baratz Virtuoso grinder
Thanks. The issue is the build up of grounds around the lower burr
assembly, against the faces of the paddles on the lower assembly, and
in through the exit chute. I can clean the chute relatively well with
the metal brush. But, the lower burr is in the way and prevents me
from getting the chute really clean, and I can't get to the paddles at
all without disassembling the lower burr assembly (which I can't
because it's bolted in place and I can't remove the nut.)

I've tried Grindz, and that doesn't remove all of the canned grounds.

Also, The grinder no longer turns on at a course grind setting (35), I
have to turn the hopper halfway (to 20) for the microswitch to make
contact. Has something become unadjusted?

On Mon, 03 Sep 2007 05:32:47 -0400, JKevorkian
<flyer!@flyer77.microserve.com > wrote:

>On Sun, 02 Sep 2007 19:45:16 -0500, choffman@austin.rr.com wrote:
>
>>
>>Anyone got a Virtuoso that you've cleaned? Having problems with mine.
>
>What problems have you experienced?
>
>If you fail to install the silicone gasket around the bottom of the bean hopper,
>you open yourself up to some unnecessary disassembly grief, as the beans make
>their way into the adjusting mechanism and muck things up.
> If you haven't already found the Baratza site, here's a URL for you to
>explore:
>http://www.baratza.com/pdfdoc/virutoso%20operations%20manual%206x7final_6pages.pdf
>
>Elaborate more on your problem, and perhaps we can help.
>
>Cheers.


   
Date: 03 Sep 2007 15:49:56
From: Randall Nortman
Subject: Re: Any experience cleaning Baratz Virtuoso grinder
On 2007-09-03, choffman@austin.rr.com <choffman@austin.rr.com > wrote:
> Thanks. The issue is the build up of grounds around the lower burr
> assembly, against the faces of the paddles on the lower assembly, and
> in through the exit chute. I can clean the chute relatively well with
> the metal brush. But, the lower burr is in the way and prevents me
> from getting the chute really clean, and I can't get to the paddles at
> all without disassembling the lower burr assembly (which I can't
> because it's bolted in place and I can't remove the nut.)

Remove the top burr and attack the lower burr and paddles from the top
with the brush. You have to stuff the brush down in each gap between
the paddles individually, but it really doesn't take that long. Then
run the grinder briefly (you can manually twist the burr carrier while
disassembled to engage the microswitch, but of course you do this at
your own risk -- watch your fingers), which will eject the loosened
grounds out the shoot, and then repeat the process once or twice.
I've found that this way I can get the majority of the chamber cleared
out. I clean the opening to the chute with the pointy end of my stem
thermometer -- again you may have to run the grinder briefly to orient
the paddles in a way that lets you get at the build-up. I think a
pipe cleaner would really be best, but where do you buy those anymore?

I follow that up with running instant rice through, and then open it
up again and brush out the rice dust. I suppose that Grindz would
work even better, but I've never tried it.

> Also, The grinder no longer turns on at a course grind setting (35), I
> have to turn the hopper halfway (to 20) for the microswitch to make
> contact. Has something become unadjusted?

I would say that if you can't see what the problem is yourself, you
should give Baratza a call. Word is that their tech support is
excellent.

--
Randall