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Great comments. My experience has been somewhat similar, but I've had to grind even finer than with a VST. Part of this is because it's a smaller capacity basket than my 20, but it also seems to have even more surface area. I've also found it less forgiving. I do a "blooming" profile and had it channel during once during a three bar bloom!
Taste from the basket has been good. Not sure if it's that different from VST. I prefer my VST 20 right now since it's better behaved and gives similar extractions with less variance.
I also pulled out my VST 18 and found that to require a slightly coarser grind than the Pullman and finer than the VST.
liquidmetal wrote:Thanks for the impressions. I'm curious to hear what Nostream has to say. It'd be cool to get a shootout going of refractometer stats on all the precision baskets (IMS, VST, Pullman, Decent, ...?) .
Initially, extractions were lower because my technique was off (grind too coarse). After grinding fine enough, they're comparable. I haven't put in the time to test this experimentally (though I'd love it if Pullman would share their experimental results).
Interestingly, the extractions on the few shots I pulled with the VST 18 were a little lower, but I'm going to refrain from making conclusions on n=2, hah. But I will try to compare it to the VST 18 more.
Really, I should be comparing the next size up (19-22). I've been in the slightly awkward position of having to dose 20g but wanting to drink a shot the size I'd pull from 15. Unfortunately, that remains the case.