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  1. I'm sure there's quite a difference between charcoal & the resin in a brita cartridge. Fair point - I didn't know there was another ingredient as well as the charcoal. It sounds as though the charcoal is what gets rid of the chlorine (which is what I have struggled with using London tap water for pour over), and that would explain why the activated charcoal sticks work just as well for my purposes. I'm less bothered about limescale as I use an open kettle that I can descale from time to time if needed. From the Brita website: The filter material of the MAXTRA+ filter cartridge contains a mixture of ion exchange resins and activated carbon that has been tested to food-grade quality. The ion exchange resin used reduces the carbonate hardness (limescale) and reduces metals, such as copper and lead, that can occur as a result of domestic installation. The activated carbon reduces substances that may impair taste, such as chlorine and chlorine compounds.
  2. I got rid of the Brita and use Black & Blum charcoal sticks in a regular glass jug. Just as good even with ultra-chlorinated London water, although you need to let it sit for a few hours. Plus the sticks last 6 months each (1 litre per day) so a lot cheaper, you just rejuvenate them by boiling after 3 months. I was fed up chucking out the plastic cartridges every month, and all they contain is charcoal anyway. With the sticks, when they're spent you just dispose of them in a flower bed to decompose and no waste.
  3. I've had a closer look - there is a separate hole for a thermometer (you can see it in the main Amazon image), so the handle coming off isn't a design feature. And it isn't magnetic, just felt that way when it clicked back in. So far it's stayed put, but I will be careful how I take the lid off in future and it could be a point of failure in future. Still thinks it's a good kettle for the money though.
  4. You're probably right - it wasn't an advertised feature but makes sense. And quite neat then to make the handle magnetic. I have been using it daily for a couple of months without it shifting so they got that bit of the design right. It goes to show that if you pay a little more you often do get a better product.
  5. @garethuk : the Tamume I have is this one. Today the handle on the lid came off but it seems to just attach by a magnet so just stuck back on again - I'll report back if it turns out to be a problem. It's one for precise slow pours, don't think you could achieve a lot of agitation if you wanted to pour more aggressively for some reason, and best for one person drip in a 155 or V60-01 than something larger.
  6. I highly recommend the Kalita Wave but that's £60. They do another model called the Pelican Pot - £35 on Hasbean which can go on the stovetop and would be worth a try. I wouldn't go the Amazon Made in China route - you can end up with some really trashy stuff. I have a Tamume which is great at £25 but I don't think that's made to go over a heat source, more one to decant boiling water into for the pour.
  7. I have two FG2s and they’re 0.6 apart, I have one at 2.4 and one at 2.10 and that works well for this method. I don’t pull it at 30s after the last pour but let it drip through which is usually around 45s. As for brew ratio I always use 15:1 with this method and it doesn’t taste too strong to me.
  8. Another thumbs up for DE razors - don't worry about safety or technique, as working dog says you don't press hard, just let the weight of the razor glide over your skin. Much cheaper on blades - you can get multi-packs off Ebay once you find one you like. And you're not chucking out plastic cartridges every other day.
  9. How much coffee are you using? If you have a v60-01 or Kalita 155 they work well with smaller doses. For a good v60-01 recipe try Matt Perger's https://vimeo.com/46612013 which is 12g of coffee to 200g water.
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    Pouring kettle

    @jeebsy Yes they are quite pricey but very well made. I have only had it a couple of months so it's as new and boxed, paid £90 for it as I recall but could let you have it for £60 inc. 1st class recorded. Let me know if that's of interest.
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    Pouring kettle

    @jeebsy I have a Kinto kettle in matt/brushed stainless steel that I have been thinking I might move on. It's the same as the one Jeremy Challender is using here. I'm away until Tuesday now but let me know if you're interested.
  12. Sold to @parpat23 pending the usual, moved to PM.
  13. For sale a Kinto stainless steel filter and glass jug set with holder for the filter when you finish your pourover. It's had little use and usually sells for £50 in the UK. Happy to meet up in London or post for £3.50 1st class. There are user comments at Kurasu here.
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    Brewista Smart Scale

    Thanks but I’m only really interested in a v2 set.
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    Brewista Smart Scale

    @Dunk, I would be interested if they're the Smart Scale II, and Jari doesn't take them. Please let me know if that's the case. Thanks, Ed
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