jpender wrote:I used to routinely fill the water above the safety valve, even though that runs counter to what most people will say you need to do. It worked for me. As near as I can tell there isn't one right way to brew with a moka pot.
When it comes to Moka pots, the things I have done consistently for the last ~ 40 years are: (1) filling with filtered water up to bottom edge of that valve (you want water that is clean and has great taste); (2) not attempting to tamp the top surface of coffee puck (but will gently tap the cylindrical tube under filter basket to gently settle coffee); (3) brew at medium (or "medium-high") heat; and (4) make sure to properly clean bottom of top chamber, filter basket, and bottom chamber after each use.
During the last few years, I have been using Bonavita electric kettle to pre-heat the right/proper amount of water that goes into bottom chamber of our Moka pot. Why? Only because our kitchen stove is electric, and very slooow. Pre-heating water using Bonavita is very, very quick and energy efficient.
If you notice that at a particular grind setting you get a "too strong brew", then next time keep that same grind setting....., but this time add a measured amount of water inside top chamber of your Moka pot. See how you like that. Your taste buds are you best "pals" when it comes to taste.