2019/12/05

Renewed my Pepper Mill - Cole & Mason Derwent

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Cole & Mason Derwent Pepper Mill

My Peugeot Pepper Mill, which I have been using for about 20 years, has become quite obsolete, so I bought a new one!

At the time of first consideration, the leading candidates were Peugeot and Japanese IKEDA.

I thought that a pepper mill with an orthodox stone mill structure was not interesting, so I decided to choose one with a completely different mechanism.

So, I chose the Gourmet Precision series Pepper Mill of the UK Cole & Mason.

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Cole & Mason pepper mills are chopped with a sharp carbon steel blade instead of grinding pepper with molar teeth.

Therefore, the grinding feeling is surprisingly light and we can grind a lot of fine pepper.

At first tried grinding, it was much easier than Peugeot, so I made too much ground. In addition, this mechanism is a permanent warranty.

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It is much larger than my current Peugeot, its height is 19cm and its thickness is 4cm even at the narrowest part, so the hold is very stable.

The upper stainless steel part is a rotating knob that can be pulled out and refilled with new pepper.

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Pepper grinding roughness can be adjusted in 6 stages!
It can be set to any size from super coarse to powdery. The silver part with the Cole & Mason logo is the size adjustment ring.

A new Peugeot's pepper mills are also equipped with the gU'SELECTh roughness adjustment function. I compared to that products. But I abandoned it because the adjustment mechanism part of the molar gap was likely to cause a new failure. It seems that the size adjustment ring part is easily damaged in the Web information.

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I tried to grind sample pepper with Cole & Mason at each roughness setting. This is a setting where the roughness increases from the upper left to the right, and the lower right is the most coarse setting.

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In this result, there is a change due to the size setting of the roughness adjustment. The finest pepper is possible with Peugeot, but it will not come out unless the molars are tightened firmly, and a very strong turning force is also required.

Next, I tried the finest ground pepper with Cole&Mason and Peugeot 2 models (12cm, 16cm).

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All of the pepper mills are infinitely thin and have little variation.

However, Peugeot is a very rough level of setting that tightens the adjustment screw all the way and turns the knob. On the other hand, Cole & Mason was able to grind very easily even with the finest setting (1), so I thought it was clearly superior. If it is set to grind with the same level of power as Cole & Mason, Peugeot will be quite coarse.

In addition, I tried the coarsest ground pepper as well.

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Peugeot was ground with the adjustment screw completely loosened (the limit between the knob and the main body is about 2mm, which is the limit to grind). On the other hand, Cole & Mason grinded normally with the coarsest setting (6).

Cole & Mason can grind very coarsely, but Peugeot can only grind to a certain extent and there are many variations in size. Peugeot is determined by how the spacing between the molars is opened, so it requires a trick to operate the adjustment screw and knob, and it seems that it is not very good at super coarse grinding. (The Peugeot gU'SELECTh product may have improved these.)

I would like to use Cole & Mason and Peugeot for a while and will move to Cole & Mason completely if there is no problem.
posted by toons at 19:25 | diary

2019/12/03

Autumn leaves around Shugakuin in Kyoto

Last weekend, I went to see the autumn leaves around Shugakuin in Kyoto.

A 5-minute walk to the east from Shugaku-in station of Eizan train, there is "Sagimori Jinja" shrine. I took a detour on the way to "Manshuin" temple.

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Go through the precincts of "Sagimori Jinja" shrine and head further east. At the end of climbing a long steep slope, there is "Manshuin" temple.

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If I didn't take a detour, I regretted that there was a little more sun light and the red contrast of the autumn leaves was good.

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hManshuinh temple is a famous place for the autumn leaves along the outer bund, but now it had become a fallen leaves carpet. If it was already a few days earlier, the carpet would have been more bright red.

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On the way back, the sunset over Nishiyama mountain seen from the middle of the slope was beautiful.

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posted by toons at 19:08 | diary

2019/12/02

Expof70 Commemorative Park

I went to the Expof70 Commemorative Park yesterday.

The Expof70 Commemorative Park was built on the site of the Japan World Exposition 1970. It has about 260 Hectares. In the huge park, there are a part of facilities of the Expof70, such as the Japanese Garden and the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka.

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It is a view from the observation tower of Solado (forest aerial observation path).

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posted by toons at 10:10 | diary

2019/11/30

Big ginkgo of gBukojih temple in Kyoto

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Due to the coldness recently, the big ginkgo of gBukojih temple had fallen considerably.

The kids playing with fallen leaves looked very happy.

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posted by toons at 23:59 | diary

2019/11/27

"Oike-zakura" blooms!

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"Oike-zakura" has bloomed again this year!

It is a single cherry tree in the corner of the Kyoto Oike Soseikan, called "Oike-zakura".

It is a cherry variety that blooms when it gets cold. It begins to bloom from now and continues until early spring. It will delight us with this lovely pink flower this winter.
posted by toons at 15:38 | diary

2019/11/25

Autumn leaves at "Kinkai Komyo-ji" and "Shinyodo" temple in Kyoto

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Yesterday, the weather forecast was rainy, but fortunately it was cloudy. So, I went out to a nearby autumnal spot in Kyoto.

Along the northwest of Marutamachi Higashioji, I went to "Kinkai Komyo-ji" temple.

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This gate can be climbed for viewing and overlooks Kyoto city.

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I walked to the northwest and went to "Eisei-in" temple. There was a nice garden.

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Furthermore, I walked a little to the north and went to the famous spot of autumn leaves, gShinyodoh temple.
It was close to sunset, so there were few tourists.

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posted by toons at 07:23 | diary

2019/11/24

Autumn leaves at Bishamondo temple in Kyoto

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I went to see the autumn leaves at Bishamondo temple in Yamashina, Kyoto.

Due to the cold weather until yesterday, the mountains around Bishamondo temple were also changing to colored leaves.

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Once a small temple that only local people know, but since it was introduced on CM video, a lot of tourists came.

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Just at the autumn leaves festival, music dedication was taking place.

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posted by toons at 07:30 | diary

2019/11/22

PEUGEOT Pepper Mill disassembly and cleaning!

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My PEUGEOT Pepper Mill.

It is a pepper mill that has been used for more than 20 years. A French automobile manufacturer, Peugeot, has been spun off and manufactured as a family business.

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Peugeot's pepper mill is a staple in restaurants around the world. The model on the right side seems to be discontinued.

Recently, the pepper grind is not stable and the adjustment screw tends to be loose.

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Short type 12cm pepper mill.
I used it for white pepper before, but now I use it with coriander. The usage frequency is relatively low.

It can be disassembled simply by loosening the two screws.
A very simple structure when you remove it! The shaft is a bit rusted, but the grinder's mill teeth are still alive.

The Peugeot grinder mechanism consists of double-toothed helical teeth. Pepper grains are cut into the outer teeth, guided to the bottom and fixed, and then finely crushed by the inner teeth.

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Cleaned with absolute ethanol, it is completely clean.

Next, a 16cm pepper mill.
Since it was mainly crushed black pepper, the usage frequency is quite high.

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The shaft is also rusted and the mill teeth are worn away considerably.

This may be the reason why the adjustment screw is loosened quickly while crushing pepper.

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For the time being, it was cleaned with absolute ethanol and assembled.

Peugeot's pepper mill is made of wood, and the grinder mechanism is fixed with wood screws, so if it is frequently disassembled, the screw holes on the main body side will soon hurt. There is a limit to the number of disassembly and cleaning.

The 16cm pepper mill seems to be at the limit of use, so I need to procure a new one.

I will investigate how far the current Pepper Mill has evolved and choose a high quality one.

posted by toons at 22:22 | diary

2019/11/13

Carita's coffee mill gDIA MILLh

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Carita's coffee mill gDIA MILLh!

I loved the classical form and got it about 40 years ago. It is working as a main coffee mill in my home.

This product was temporarily discontinued, but recently revived as gDIA MILL Nh and continues to be sold without changing the design. The price seems to have become very expensive.

The body weight of this mill is about 3.3kg, which is a slightly large hand mill. Since the handle is turned vertically, no extra force is required and the grinding feel is outstanding.

I have never cleaned the inside so far, so I tried to disassemble and clean it.

To disassemble, it seems to be necessary to remove the handle and unscrew the six side plate screws that hold the shaft. The screw was stuck, but it managed to come off safely!

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Looking inside, there was a lot of coffee residue stuck inside. Red rust on the back of the side plate. Is it a miracle that it worked well?

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I wanted to wash everything with a machine oil because it is made of iron except for the wooden powder tray.
Since it had a problem in terms of food hygiene, the coffee residue was scraped off and wiped clean with kimwipe using absolute alcohol.

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Next pic is a temporary assembly of the internal cutter.
The pile on the shaft pulls coffee beans into the inside and crushed it roughly, and it seems to be finely crushed with rounded molar teeth. But it looks like a hardware structure where a small amount of powder remains.

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The rubbing part of the shaft, the side plate, and the outside of the body were wiped with Camellia oil. I expect that the internal cutter part will be supported by the coffee fat oily component.

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For the first time in 40 years, it has been completely cleaned!

I tried to grind coffee beans at once, but the rotation is smooth and the grinding condition can be adjusted well. The taste is refreshing with no miscellaneous taste.

It was very easy to disassemble and clean, so let's do it once a month. I will continue to use this "DIA MILL" for a long time.
posted by toons at 00:17 | diary

2019/09/29

SONY Blu-ray Disc Recorder "BDZ-X95"

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Sony's Blu-ray Disc recorder high-end machine released in 2008.

It was the popular model of the time with high-quality video circuit "CREAS", and became a hot topic even with the failure of Seagate HDD.

It malfunctioned due to HDD system error. I tried to disassemble it and repair myself, but eventually gave up.

The top plate is made of 4mm aluminum, and the HDD has a rubber-damped pedestal and a copper spacer.
By the way, I will use this aluminum top plate in place of the insulator of my CD player, and I am thinking about what the copper spacer can be used for.

Introducing each part of the dismantling.

# All boards
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# System board
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HDD
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# Video Encoder/Decoder
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# Digital tuner
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# Video signal I/F
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# LED
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# Display
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# Power supply
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posted by toons at 08:11 | diary