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Filter basket overflows after cleaning Bunn VPR Coffee Maker

After cleaning with Brew Rite cleaner to remove scale, our Bunn VPR coffee filter basket overflows. It seems to have too much flow now. We have not changed the type of filters. The thermostat knob was fully clockwise per the manual. How can we slow the flow rate into the basket?

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Some people also try adding fresh grounds to brewed grounds, resulting in an overflow. A restricter valve can be used, but a better solution is to simply pour in half the water at a time. This is what people who buy non Bunn filters do to stop overfills.

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Www.bunnathome.com go to support and replacement parts, they will send you a free replacement sprayhead that minimizes flow, get the delimer tool also..

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Make sure you are using BUNN brand cupcake filters, not the shorter-sided generic variety. Also, inquire with BUNN about an optional attachment for some models that will slow down the rate of water flow. Lastly, ensure that you are not over-filling the basket with grinds. There is an upper limit to how much a coffeemaker will hold, and some people try to compensate for weak coffee by adding too much.

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If it is a pourover brewer it could be that the grind on the coffee is too fine.

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