How do I clean my percolator?
Can I use baking soda to clean my percolator?
How do I remove mineral deposits?
The inside of my percolator is discolored- how can I clean this?
Why isn’t my coffee getting as hot as it used to?
What is the size of a cup of coffee?
What are the amp, watts and volts of my percolator?
Can I use the percolator to heat other liquids?
Can I reheat coffee in my percolator?
What type of coffee should I use?
How much coffee should I use?
Allow 1 minute brewing time for each cup being prepared. Coffee will stop perking automatically when it is ready.
Wash and rinse inside of percolator, cover, spreader, stem and basket with hot soapy water after each use and dry thoroughly. The heating well unit should cleaned with a scouring pad to remove coffee residue and minerals. Do not immerse the percolator in water or other liquids as damage will occur.
Do not use baking soda to clean your percolator as baking soda can cause discoloration and pitting.
Fill the percolator with 30 ounces of cold water and 30 ounces of white vinegar. Assemble with stem, basket, spreader and cover. Plug in and let percolator go through entire perk cycle. When perking has stopped, let unit sit for 15 minutes. Unplug and drain liquid. Allow to cool and follow regular cleaning instructions to remove all vinegar traces from percolator.
Discoloration is normal, especially if the percolator is used for heating water. To remove or lighten the discoloration, fill the percolator with cold water to the maximum cup level. Place the stem and basket in place and add 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar to the basket. Cover, plug in and allow to go through a perk cycle. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. Unplug and drain. Allow to cool before cleaning with soap and water.
Improper cleaning will affect the performance of the percolator, resulting in weak, lukewarm coffee and may cause the percolator to stop perking. Make sure you keep the heating well unit scrubbed with scouring pad and decalcify the percolator at least once a month if used every day.
The water level markings represent 5 ½ ounces per cup. This will provide a 5 ounce cup of coffee as some water is lost to steam and some is absorbed by the coffee grounds.
The wattage and volts can be found on the bottom of the percolator, distinguished with a W or V. Amps can be calculated by dividing the watts by volts.
Model 54149 is 800 watts
Model 54159 is 950 watts
Other than making coffee and heating water, no other liquids should be heated in the percolator as damage to the heating unit can occur.
Reheated coffee will not taste as good as fresh brewed coffee. If you want to reheat coffee in the percolator, you must use the basket and stem to evenly heat the coffee. If you reheat coffee, there must be at least 3 cups of coffee in the percolator.
A regular grind coffee can be used. If you grind you own coffee beans, grind to a medium coarseness. Does not use finely ground coffee as flooding of the basket can occur.
For mild strength coffee, use 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds per cup of coffee being made. For stronger strength coffee, use 1 slightly rounded tablespoon of coffee grounds per cup of coffee being made.