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Old 07-06-2011, 11:01   #31
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I would like to find a place to buy replacement screens, but I have had no luck.
I usually buy a french press from the thrift store (usually only a 2-3$) and cannibalize it for the screen.
Just get one that has a larger screen than your press so you can cut it down to fit. Pick one up whenever you find them so you always have a spare or two
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i refuse to use bleach inmy boat-- is dangerous to cat....and boat....hard on the rubber bits in boats and gaskets and such items if importance. they spill while under sail....LOL
Bleach if left standing to evaporate can be harmful to cats, as there is something about it that is intoxicating to them--I have to lock mine in another cabin if I am cleaning with bleach just to keep her from rolling in it. Once rinsed and cleaned off, its ok. The thing to avoid is any cleaner or disinfectant ending in --sol or --ol, as this contains phenol (also called carbolic acid) such as Pinsol or Lysol. Unlike bleach, the phenol is a persistant chemical which can be absorbed through the skin or when a cat washes his paws. It accumulates in the liver and in felines, the liver cannot break down the toxins. This will lead to liver damage and eventual premature death.

Now, back to the topic. Sometimes, if you are using pre-ground coffee from a tin, and you get that skunky smell, try switching brands. As I mentioned a previous post, some purveyors add a chemical closely related to skunk spray and found naturally in coffee beans in small amount. It is supposed to give coffee that aroma people expect of freshly ground coffee. I once had a partner who complained of a skunky smell whenever I was making coffee or had a coffee tin open; I could not smell it, though she could. Some people are just more sensitive to some scents than others.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:08   #33
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Do you get strange smells onboard that are annoying and troublesome, but don't seem to have an originating source? How do you get rid of them? Baking soda containers are sometimes too small for a large boat and don't seem to work well in humid/moist environments. What do you do?
Did you buy it in Asia??? They intentionally feed coffee beans to skunks for "processing", it costs extra for that.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:24   #34
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Re: Why does my coffee smell like a skunk?

no. tried swithcing beans, but sometimes get a skunky coffee. "sometimes". and brought to my attention about smells in a boat that cannot find sources too and wondered what the expert homemakers do, since the usual options dont seem to play well on a boat - like baking soda.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:29   #35
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i clean boat with vinegar and grind my coffee very very fine and use the filter to prevent pancreatitis from unfiltered coffee, and enjoy my life a lot..LOL.....
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Re: Why does my coffee smell like a skunk?

If your coffee is ´made in´Spain, Portugal, Brazil, etc. then it may be robusta as this is what they drink there and they call it coffee;-). We threw our supplies overboard, went to the shop in the next country and got proper arabica, which smells, well - of coffee.

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Old 07-06-2011, 13:20   #37
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Re: Why does my coffee smell like a skunk?

zeezee you are having too much FUN! live a little haha.

Barnakiel - good point; and maybe an impetus to take a risk on some new coffee style for SaltyMonkey!!
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ROFL....i use cheepie plastic grinder i got somewhere a long time ago -- grinds coffee like a pepper mill grinds pepper--
Zee, that's exactly what we're talking about; that's a "burr grinder". MUCH better coffee than a spinning blade grinder.

Good that you got it for cheap, it's possible to pay a lot for what you have there.
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does anyone here roast coffee aboard?

I used to when I lived on land, I had a "Fresh Roast" coffee roaster that worked very similarly to an air popcorn popper. The only downsides were a bit of smoke - not a crazy amount, nothing the stove vent couldn't handle, but more than I'd be willing to have in the cabin of my boat.

I've heard of people having some success roasting beans on a cookie tray in an oven. I wonder if I could build something using a propane burner and a hand-cranked agitator to get a more uniform roast... hmm.

I would love to pick up twenty pounds or so of these green coffee beans and store them in an airtight drum in a bilge somewhere - fresh roasted coffee on an atoll in the south pacific sounds pretty much like heaven to me.
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i drink mine sitting on the sofa on my transom watching sun rise in mazatlan at this point--is perfection..LOL..... yes, company is allowed--wanna join????
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i drink mine sitting on the sofa on my transom watching sun rise in mazatlan at this point--is perfection..LOL..... yes, company is allowed--wanna join????
Pictures, we need pictures or it didn't happen !!
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Pictures, we need pictures or it didn't happen !!
have witnesses-- does that help some?? but i dont has pix--only of sunrises posted on fb under sksolitarybird...all th efishermens say hay in am to me on back sofa..LOL


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wow zeezee nice sunset...why go anywhere now?
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that one is a sunrise... here is a sunset...a few of em...i love sunrises and sunsets...




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OoooOOOooH! That first one is really nice...monkey has his mouth ag-ape
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