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So aluball isn't doing anything

Shredder

Kava Enthusiast
I usually use warm water.. I feel like it hits you faster
I'm gonna try warm water, and then once it's mixed with kava I'll throw it in the fridge for A few minutes so that I can take it out and then grind it out and ring out the strainer without burning my hands.
 

Edward

Aluballin' in the UK
Kava Vendor
I'm surprised to see such negative comments about the aluball, althought all respect to people's opinions. I've found them really good and I can whip up a shell in a minute or so. I usually use a blender and make 4 shells in one go but if I'm topping up I'll aluball one or two shells more. I don't find that the balls break that easily, I think I've broken 3 since I've been using them over 3 or 4 years. I find I can get a good shell with more or less any kava I want to use. It's starting me wondering what other people are doing with it to get poor results?!
 
I'm surprised to see such negative comments about the aluball, althought all respect to people's opinions. I've found them really good and I can whip up a shell in a minute or so. I usually use a blender and make 4 shells in one go but if I'm topping up I'll aluball one or two shells more. I don't find that the balls break that easily, I think I've broken 3 since I've been using them over 3 or 4 years. I find I can get a good shell with more or less any kava I want to use. It's starting me wondering what other people are doing with it to get poor results?!
i might be wrong, but didnt you say you had never prepared kava the traditional way? maybe people are just comparing it to kneading?

I found the aluball to be convenient and decent in terms of effects, but def doesnt extract as much as traditional prep
 

Edward

Aluballin' in the UK
Kava Vendor
i might be wrong, but didnt you say you had never prepared kava the traditional way? maybe people are just comparing it to kneading?

I found the aluball to be convenient and decent in terms of effects, but def doesnt extract as much as traditional prep
No, I can't remember ever bothering. Maybe that's the case.
 

JohnMichael

Kava Synchronized
I'm surprised to see such negative comments about the aluball, althought all respect to people's opinions. I've found them really good and I can whip up a shell in a minute or so. I usually use a blender and make 4 shells in one go but if I'm topping up I'll aluball one or two shells more. I don't find that the balls break that easily, I think I've broken 3 since I've been using them over 3 or 4 years. I find I can get a good shell with more or less any kava I want to use. It's starting me wondering what other people are doing with it to get poor results?!
I agree. The Aluball makes a very strong shell...at least the way I do it. I've never broken a ball. I've made lots of traditional prep, with and without blending, and the aluball is just as strong. If I'm using a relatively coarser ground "medium grind," then I do traditional prep. The aluball does like finer ground kavas. Today we've had three different cultivars because I used the aluball. Advantages both ways...
 

Edward

Aluballin' in the UK
Kava Vendor
I agree. The Aluball makes a very strong shell...at least the way I do it. I've never broken a ball. I've made lots of traditional prep, with and without blending, and the aluball is just as strong. If I'm using a relatively coarser ground "medium grind," then I do traditional prep. The aluball does like finer ground kavas. Today we've had three different cultivars because I used the aluball. Advantages both ways...
My understanding was that blending extracts more KL' s than any other method but I know different people have different ideas on it so each to their own. I'm also pretty sure that the aluball shells are as good as the blended ones. Could be as you say and down to technique?
 
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