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by symbology
Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Removing Portafilter Handle
Replies: 6
Views: 3361

Re: Removing Portafilter Handle

I know this is an old post, but I will chime in here anyway.

The outer plastic sleeve slides towards the PF exposing a hex shape that allows the use of a wrench to remove the handle. I think that I used a piece of pipe to tape the outer sleeve out of the way.
by symbology
Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Wooden side panels
Replies: 12
Views: 5395

Re: Wooden side panels

Glass would not good at all IMO. The frame on the S1 is not like the GS3. All the glass will allow is for you to see the inner stamped metal side wall. Not pretty.
by symbology
Sun May 22, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Looks good GDK, smart move not bothering with the string in the back.
by symbology
Sun May 15, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: Temp Measurements & Tools
Topic: DIY Scace2
Replies: 2
Views: 2237

DIY Scace2

I had been thinking about building a pressure gauge to verify my brew pressure. I also wanted to check my temperature calibration. What I ended up doing was taking one of my spare PF's and I built a Scace2. I tested it out today and everything was working great. Then, I noticed that water was flowin...
by symbology
Sat May 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Espresso Parts 10oz Frothing Pitcher
Replies: 0
Views: 1887

Espresso Parts 10oz Frothing Pitcher

I just picked up this pitcher and it is great for doing small quantities of milk. A prefect match for the Rocket 2-hole tip (2 x .9mm). I can make awesome microfoam and end up with a 5-6oz cap with no extra milk. http://www.espressoparts.com/5003 The pitcher is not as nice as the RW 12oz, but the si...
by symbology
Sat May 14, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cheap and Easy Dosing Funnel
Replies: 2
Views: 4583

Re: Cheap and Easy Dosing Funnel

BTW, the funnel that I modified still works great for filling jars full of beans for freezing.
by symbology
Sat May 14, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Tamp pressure question
Replies: 32
Views: 9191

Re: Tamp pressure question

How many baskets do you have? Try another basket if you can. Even the single basket with a 7-8gram dose.

Do these beans ever choke the machine?

How fine do the grinds feel?
by symbology
Thu May 05, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Tamp pressure question
Replies: 32
Views: 9191

Re: Tamp pressure question

That could be the problem though. Targeting the same extraction time. If the grind is too fine, you will end up with a slow extraction at the beginning, but then channeling gets real bad ruining any chance at a good shot. As your beans age, it is better to simply up the dose and not change the grind...
by symbology
Thu May 05, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Tamp pressure question
Replies: 32
Views: 9191

Re: Tamp pressure question

If it is as simple as stale beans, I would grind coarser and dose higher and target a 23-25 second extraction (to start).
by symbology
Wed May 04, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 9405

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

Gotcha, yeah I don't think the K30's have dropped again (from the $1500-1600) range.
by symbology
Wed May 04, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Tamp pressure question
Replies: 32
Views: 9191

Re: Tamp pressure question

You could also try to drop the pressure down to 7 bar to see if that makes any difference.
by symbology
Wed May 04, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Tamp pressure question
Replies: 32
Views: 9191

Re: Tamp pressure question

Wow, what does the pour look like? Does it just flow like a river from the start, or does the puck hole up for a while, but finally give way to channeling? What does the top of the puck look like afterwards? What does the water look like when it exits your screens? is it dispersed across it, or flow...
by symbology
Wed May 04, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 9405

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

What are you seeing for pricing on the K30? $1500-$1600 is pretty typical. I think the K10 ($1300) does a better job & certainly turns out a fluffier grind but you don't like dosers?? The K30 is big but with a small hopper it isn't too bad. A bitch to open up if you like to clean out your grinder o...
by symbology
Tue May 03, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 9405

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

Go Big......... :) have you looked into the new Mahlkonig Pro M? I went with the Macp M7D (a little cheaper than the K30 Vario) and I love it. It is big / tall, but I got used to it. A custom short hopper helps out a lot. The Baratza Vario was a good grinder, but I am loving my results with the new ...
by symbology
Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Shot Timer Thread!
Replies: 24
Views: 9161

Re: New Shot Timer Thread!

I just used some clear packaging tape and put a small square section over my S! emblem. Then, I did the same to my bare magnet. I have zero scratches due to my timer.
by symbology
Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: My New Macap M7D
Replies: 3
Views: 4601

Re: My New Macap M7D

You know, it is true. I have not really had a really bad shot with this large conical grinder. Some have been better than others, but they have all been good. I love this thing. I don't know if my Vario had more issues than others as far as consistency, but there is no comparison to the consistency ...
by symbology
Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: BCG800 Smart Grinder?
Replies: 42
Views: 16493

Re: BCG800 Smart Grinder?

I split the dose in half so I could tap / level the grounds a bit before the PF was full. Oooooh...interesting idea. I usually do a bit of a "backwards tap" and "side-to-side wiggle" to level things out and settle the grounds a bit better. I'll try your double dose idea. Yeah, the new grinder is ju...
by symbology
Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: My New Macap M7D
Replies: 3
Views: 4601

My New Macap M7D

I had a Baratza Vario and while I was not disappointed with it, I found some things that I did not like about it. I have been thinking of upgrading for a while and have been looking at all the options. I finally decided on the Macap M7D. I really like the timed dosing of the Vario and I really hate ...
by symbology
Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: BCG800 Smart Grinder?
Replies: 42
Views: 16493

Re: BCG800 Smart Grinder?

My Vario was set anywhere from 5 -5.7 seconds depending on the bean. I would dose this twice to get the proper amount which was between 14-15.5 grams depending. I split the dose in half so I could tap / level the grounds a bit before the PF was full. So 10-11.4 seconds for a double for me. My new M7...
by symbology
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cheap and Easy Dosing Funnel
Replies: 2
Views: 4583

Cheap and Easy Dosing Funnel

I just got a new Macap M7D and while it is not a messy grinder, I found it hard to keep some grinds from getting on the edge of the PF basket. So, I figured I needed to try out a dosing funnel. So, on my lunch break I wandered into Targe with a PF basket in hand, looking to see if I could find somet...
by symbology
Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My pride and joy
Replies: 3
Views: 3050

Re: My pride and joy

Welcome to S1Cafe Steve. Nice looking setup.

I (as suggested on this site) found that keeping the dose for a double below 16 grams helps with the channeling and gave me more consistent shots.

Enjoy the Mini.... :)
by symbology
Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 60735

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Yeah, that is on my short list.
by symbology
Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:20 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All my Pitchers
Replies: 33
Views: 14530

Re: All my Pitchers

Oton, Watching that video of you doing the "one hand latte" made me think of a few changes that you can try. Have you ever tried that same technique, but after the first few bubbles are created bury the tip a bit, and move it over to the side of the pitcher. Based on the video it looks like you turn...
by symbology
Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All my Pitchers
Replies: 33
Views: 14530

Re: All my Pitchers

This is not that great, I suck at art... but at least I am getting some decent foam to practice with now. Remember, this was with just a few ounces of milk in a 12oz pitcher. After stretching it ended up being a little over 4 ounces. Without this Rocket tip, I had to use 2-3 extra ounces of milk and...
by symbology
Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Bubbles in my espresso
Replies: 12
Views: 5072

Re: Bubbles in my espresso

I don't recall getting bubbles like that in my Black Cat. I might pick up another lb in the coming weeks, if I do I will pay attention to this.
by symbology
Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Supplier besides Chris Coffee
Replies: 7
Views: 2842

Re: Supplier besides Chris Coffee

What exactly are you looking for. (oh, and I am not surprised at your unhappiness with CCS)

Anyway, you can try the following.
http://www.cafeparts.com/dynamicIndex.asp
http://www.espressoparts.com
by symbology
Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All my Pitchers
Replies: 33
Views: 14530

Re: All my Pitchers

I saw this video the other day. One of the few that shows the K10 fresh. I have been having great success lately with my microfoam using the 2 hole Rocket Espresso tip (from the 4 tip kit they sell). Even with very small amounts of milk. A few things that I have done to improve my results. #1) I fol...
by symbology
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:12 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 60735

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

No side by side comparisons, but I will tell you that I am not happy with the consistency of my Vario and am looking for a new grinder.
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Mini In Warranty Issues
Topic: Metal Shavings from Brew Boiler
Replies: 3
Views: 2115

Re: Metal Shavings from Brew Boiler

Endo wrote:Sounds like some of the plating on the spout threads came off when you screwed on a different spout for the first time. Pretty common. I wouldn't worry.
Yeah, this must have been it. I have not seen any bits of plating since.

Thanks...
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 19270

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

Hey! That looks better than my little mirror I stuck on! One think to be careful of for those considering the mirror, it's not compatible with the LED lights (I found out the hard way). 8) Actually for mine it is not too bad. What I use for a mirror is some stuff I had left over from the auto parts...
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

Endo wrote:Looks like the old "no-burn" tip with big holes.
Yeah, that looks like the old no-burn tip that nobody wanted , or wants.
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

It works now. BTW, do you feel the need to swap back to the 4-hole stock tip when you are steaming double the amount of milk - say for two lattes at a time? Not in that there is not enough power. It still does well with 5-6oz in the 12oz pitcher. For a 20 oz pitcher I am sure it would still work, b...
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

It seems that the site you linked is currently down.
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: vario settings
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

Re: vario settings

I'm programmed for 11.2 sec. That typically gives me 15.5 g which I seem to be gravitating to with the double basket. That's about the same as me. Mine is set to 11.3 sec. In my mind, weighing doses defeats the purpose of the Vario. I weight mine on my Super Jolly (which may be partially why I pref...
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

The holes on the rocket 2 hole tip look to be the same size as the holes on the newer La Spaz 4 hole tip. If I had to guess, .9mm. I got it at SCG. The kit was priced at $24, and I think it was 10% off at the time. Not sure if it is still on sale. The other 3 tips, well two of them at least will hav...
by symbology
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

I am real happy with this two hole tip. I just had an awesome Cap comprised of a dbl shot of Redbird, and about 4 oz of steamed milk. I started out with just about 2.5oz of steamed milk and ended up with about 4oz. There is no way I can do that (and get great results) with the stock tip. If you are ...
by symbology
Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: vario settings
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

Re: vario settings

It is going to vary by the bean. For me, I get just over 10 seconds for 14grams. Again, it depends on the beans. I have been trying to stick with 14 gram doses and it has worked out pretty well for me.
by symbology
Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Correlation between Crema and Shot Quality
Replies: 15
Views: 6725

Re: Correlation between Crema and Shot Quality

Has your brew pressure dropped at all? Changed water source?

If the shots are good..........
by symbology
Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Mini In Warranty Issues
Topic: Metal Shavings from Brew Boiler
Replies: 3
Views: 2115

Re: Metal Shavings from Brew Boiler

I just went back to my spouted PF to play around with it, and I swapped spouts from my double / single PFs. Could this have come from that? The shavings seem very straight, but after the 3 pieces came out everything seems clean. I pulled the group apart and cleaned it up and all seems well. Where di...
by symbology
Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Mini In Warranty Issues
Topic: Metal Shavings from Brew Boiler
Replies: 3
Views: 2115

Metal Shavings from Brew Boiler

So, I get home this afternoon and wan to make myself a Cap. I pull some water through the group into a cup to preheat everything. I notice some strange stuff in the bottom of the cup and notice that they are metal shavings. They are straight and about 4-5mm long. They look like chrome plating, or ch...
by symbology
Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:13 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 19270

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

I wish there was more info out on the new K10 fresh. There should be some reviews coming up pretty soon.
by symbology
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 19270

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

Very nice......

Have you roasted anything with it yet?

Are you still looking at the K10 Fresh?
by symbology
Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

While using the 2 hole tip I am able to start out with about 18mm worth of milk in my 12oz pitcher. There is no way to deal with that small quantity with the stock 4 hole tip.
by symbology
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Good luck. Mine have been great.
by symbology
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

A question..... does anyone know where to get the o-rings for these things? The Rocket set only came with one o-ring. It should have come with one/tip IMO.
by symbology
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 8355

Rocket Steam Tip Set

I am able to make decent microfoam in small quantities 4-5oz in a 12oz pitcher, but it is tough to be consistent. My wife has trouble in general. So, I decided to look for steam tip options to help me with my small amount of milk, and hopefully help my wife. Well, my wife has not tried them out yet,...
by symbology
Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Bubbles in my espresso
Replies: 12
Views: 5072

Re: Bubbles in my espresso

Sounds like the coffee is past its prime. What kind of shot times are you getting. One thing that I have noticed is Black Cat can doe well with a longer (around 40 second) extraction time. I have let some go beyond 40 seconds thinking, well... this can't be good. However, they have been pretty darn ...
by symbology
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Bubbles in my espresso
Replies: 12
Views: 5072

Re: Bubbles in my espresso

As Oton questioned.... what was the roast date? Air bubbles? Not an issue I have ever seen with Black Cat. Over the last 3-4 months I have probably gone through 7-8 lbs of it. I find that the current Black Cat likes a larger dose and the flavor leans more towards citrus than a chocolate bomb. Howeve...
by symbology
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Here's a cup view with the Dioder pods as well. Lots of light in the cup. IMG_2722 (480x320).jpg The Dioders go on so easily (on in 5 minutes, wires out the bottom, and no tools required). I moved them forward more this week (in front of the hot water tap). This makes it so I can remove the front p...
by symbology
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Shower Screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

Re: Shower Screens

It could always be a redesign.... You can't put the smaller screen inside the larger screen or not use it. Good point. That may be it. And as you say, no flow comes through this area anyway so I'm sure either will work fine. I gotcha. The screen config trying to increase the head room when using th...
by symbology
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Shower Screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

Re: Shower Screens

The upper screens with the big holes punched in them do not allow the outer screen to meet up with it. One of them is really bad. The way the holes are made creates a large lip on the upper screen which keeps the lower screen from fitting properly. These are rough cut holes with sharp edges left beh...
by symbology
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Thanks a lot! These are useful hints. I think I got the same lights - black flexible strip, warm white colour, 1 ft length. I also purchased from them a 5W 12V external adapter. One more tip for you. The back section of wire that crosses the group runs underneath the group. The front section runs u...
by symbology
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Shower Screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

Re: Shower Screens

I will contact CCS (again), I have two sets that have the offset/larger hole. When I ordered the 3rd set, I specifically told them (in an email) that it was to be replacing the original extra set that the large offset hole. I was shocked when I opened up the package only to see the same thing on thi...
by symbology
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Shower Screens
Replies: 9
Views: 3254

Shower Screens

Could someone please explain to me why my extra set of screens is not the same as the one that came on the machine? The upper screen looks like the screw hole was enlarged for some reason. It is not even centered anymore. BTW, the shower screens holes seem to be off center just like the holes on the...
by symbology
Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Here are some photos. I still need to make some minor adjustments to magnet location, but it is pretty close. I ended up drilling a hole in the bottom of the right side panel for my mini toggle switch. My idea to install it on the screw/mount hole would not work because it is inside of the metal fra...
by symbology
Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Endo wrote:
symbology wrote:Here is a rough diagram of how I have the lights setup.
Diagram looks good but let's see a photo!
Will get some photos up tomorrow.
by symbology
Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: BCG800 Smart Grinder?
Replies: 42
Views: 16493

Re: BCG800 Smart Grinder?

Good luck if you decide on getting this grinder.

I don't see why SCG would be in trouble over this grinder review. They were sent the grinder and did a honest test/eval. This grinder should not have been released if it requires shimming / fitting in order to work for espresso (as advertised).
by symbology
Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Here is a rough diagram of how I have the lights setup. Tips - use a smaller high temp (rated) wire for the connections around the group head. I also wrapped them in heat shrink tubing, but I think that it made them too stiff. - I used small magnets to hold the lights in place. I pulled the backing ...
by symbology
Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Which ones did you buy? The same flexible light strip that I bought? They are awesome. I like them a lot. I have my machine backed up against a wall, so I routed my power cable from the back into the side cavity. There was a gap between the back panel and the side panel. I then routed the cable up b...
by symbology
Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: BCG800 Smart Grinder?
Replies: 42
Views: 16493

Re: BCG800 Smart Grinder?

Yeah, sadly I think that they do not put enough thought into some of the stuff that they do. They try to respond to emails that they get from customers without really knowing what they are talking about. They hear a claim that a dual boiler setup can lead to stale water in the brew boiler. They do a...
by symbology
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: BCG800 Smart Grinder?
Replies: 42
Views: 16493

Re: BCG800 Smart Grinder?

Have you seen a K10 Fresh
by symbology
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Looking at a Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 10
Views: 3201

Re: Looking at a Mini Vivaldi II

Oh yeah, I would suggest you consider the Pre-Infusion chamber for the Mini.
by symbology
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Looking at a Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 10
Views: 3201

Re: Looking at a Mini Vivaldi II

Hi Cindy and welcome to S1Cafe. I am new here, having had my Mini for about a month now. It is a great machine and I am very happy with my purchase. Some things that I do not like on the Mini. - Cannot be plumbed in. Some machines are convertible from pour over (tank) to line feed (plumbed in). I wi...
by symbology
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Mini water pull issue
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

Re: Mini water pull issue

I was having pump issues, and when I contacted Chris' Coffee they had me try and bend the tab that holds the connector in the machine. They had me use a small adjustable wrench and use it to grab the tab and bend it forward just a little tiny bit. This ended up not being my issue, but it should fix ...
by symbology
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

I will get some pics of my light setup posted in a day or two. I will say this.... they sure are nice to have. As others have stated, well worth the trouble. It is kind of funny, I can actually see (clearly) the bottom of of the drip tray now. It was always just a dark void before. Seeing what is fl...
by symbology
Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini running off a flojet
Replies: 23
Views: 5043

Re: Mini running off a flojet

The float itself will be a tight fit in the reservoir, but I can't see why it won't work. After all, my toilet hasn't flooded the house yet and it works the same way. :lol:
One HUGE difference. A toilet has an overflow drain for when the float sticks.
by symbology
Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

I got my lights in yesterday. These things are pretty bright and throw out a wide beam of light. I kind of wish I would have ordered the dimmer switch at the same time, I might need that. Maybe I will just wire in a pot with my switch. Maybe I will just use fewer lights than I had planned to. Howeve...
by symbology
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:51 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 20792

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

i tried pulling some redbird espresso today it's very dry, no fruit/acidity at all. all i got was peanut, some bitterness, not very sweet my parameters were 93 degrees, 18g, 30 sec, 1.5 oz am i doing it wrong? do you guys get fruit at all? sweetness? - Yes, try 92c. - Does your Mini have the PI cha...
by symbology
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All my Pitchers
Replies: 33
Views: 14530

Re: All my Pitchers

Based on that advertisement, this tip makes "silky cappuccino foam", so what about silky microfoam? BTW, what is the best SMALL pitcher for small quantities of milk. I am trying to steam 3-4 oz of milk at a time. I have the 12oz RW, and have seen a 10oz (Cafelate I think), just wondering what you gu...
by symbology
Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

The problem with the Ikea strip version is it is too big, it is also hard to use it around the available spaces on the "roof" of the mini. The stuff I ordered is pretty flat, it is about 10mm wide, and only 3mm tall. It can also be cut into sections and spliced together to allow for better coverage ...
by symbology
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

I just ordered up some stuff for my mini. I decided to go with the waterproof flexible light strip (black). I saw some of this stuff at a local light reseller and it looks pretty nice. We will see how it comes out. It is adhesive backed and I plan on putting flexible magnet sections on the back (kin...
by symbology
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Bottomless vs double spout taste difference
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

Re: Bottomless vs double spout taste difference

KatKat wrote:I will keep testing. The taste might be in my head, but I am pretty sure about the pinholes. I will make sure I stir in both cases.
If the dose/grind and volume are all the same, what are your shot times like between the two?
by symbology
Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Bottomless vs double spout taste difference
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

Re: Bottomless vs double spout taste difference

Do you find that your extraction times/rates are the same when using the different PFs'?

When using the bottomless PF, do you swirl/blend the shot at all? The spouts on the PF do invoke a bit of blending during the extraction.
by symbology
Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 20792

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

Is the BC Classic back to chocolate? Last batch I had was more like lemons. Redbird is a nice nutty/chocolate blend. Yup. It's back and even a bit better than before (in my opinion). As you know, they like to change it up every so often (since coffee is seasonal, I think it's a good idea to make ad...
by symbology
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: new mini coming in the storm
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

Re: new mini coming in the storm

When tracking the shipment you should be able to get details on each individual package.

Good luck with the new machine.
by symbology
Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: How to Descale a Mini Vivaldi
Replies: 18
Views: 16024

Re: How to Descale a Mini Vivaldi

Frankly, the Descale issue disturbs me. I want something easy, like put vinegar or other product in the water tank to clean the 2 boilers. It's not possible? This is what ISOMAC recommends for their machines http://i54.tinypic.com/k2ig7n.gif I see no reason why you cannot use this method to descale...
by symbology
Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Volumetric Dosing Not Accurate?
Replies: 12
Views: 4255

Re: Mini Volumetric Dosing Not Accurate?

I too have noticed inconsistencies with the dosing feature. Not sure what the root cause is. I will add that based on the diagram the flow meter is before the brew boiler. It is possible that some of the water that has flowed through the flow meter ends up residing in the brew boiler and never makes...
by symbology
Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Steel frame... will it rust?
Replies: 13
Views: 5204

Re: Steel frame... will it rust?

The only place where I could see it rusting was under the reservoir on my Mini. The plastic reservoir slides on the epoxy paint, scuffing it up a bit over time. I'm sure the paint is plenty hard enough, but just as a precaution (and since it looks cool) I added some long rub strips using metal drie...
by symbology
Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: No-burn steam arm range and usability
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

Re: No-burn steam arm range and usability

I have used both, but not on this machine. My Andreja had the same no-burn (NB) arm that the S1 would use. IMO, I would stay away from the NB arm. Keep in mind, that I love the NB arms because you do not have to worry about the milk burning, burning yourself etc. After using the NB arm an my Andreja...
by symbology
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Timer Problems, Shuts Down without the timer etc.....
Replies: 8
Views: 3170

Re: Timer Problems, Shuts Down without the timer etc.....

Now that I think about it more, I have a vague recollection when I used to have a VII with the timer that on first use the program didn't work until after midnight. I'm not sure if this is a first programming thing or every time you change the program. I don't think I ever changed the programmed On...
by symbology
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Yeah, the lights are nice. I might need to make my way to Ikea. :grin:
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Arm Leak at Base / Pivot
Replies: 5
Views: 2455

Re: Steam Arm Leak at Base / Pivot

Yeah, I am in the LA area. I can see your point on some issues. However, how is the fact that it was in the back of a big truck over most of the US for 3 days have anything to do with an at best "hand tight" steam arm nut? What amount of bouncing could have caused the strip of teflon tape to tear an...
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy
Replies: 14
Views: 3139

Re: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy

**As posted in the other thread**

Turns out the nut holding the steam arm on was I am afraid to say, not even hand tight, and backed out a bit. Pulled the machine apart AGAIN, and tightened up the nut. All seems fine now.
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Arm Leak at Base / Pivot
Replies: 5
Views: 2455

Re: Steam Arm Leak at Base / Pivot

Turns out the nut holding the steam arm on was I am afraid to say, not even hand tight, and backed out a bit. Pulled the machine apart AGAIN, and tightened up the nut. All seems fine now.
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy
Replies: 14
Views: 3139

Re: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy

Have you checked this document yet? It might help figure out what is wrong and, if you figure out that you need a new O ring, you'll have the part number to ask for. I have seen them not put the O rings in quite right so that one side gets smashed down. http://s1cafe.com/s1v2/images/SteamArmAssy.pd...
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy
Replies: 14
Views: 3139

Re: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy

Well, as of this morning I have noticed that it is indeed leaking.
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Won't pull shots, pressure stays low
Replies: 9
Views: 3281

Re: Won't pull shots, pressure stays low

Mike,

Did you see the below post? This appears to have been the root cause of my pump pressure issue.
viewtopic.php?f=36&t=1472
by symbology
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Arm Leak at Base / Pivot
Replies: 5
Views: 2455

Steam Arm Leak at Base / Pivot

Ok, so I thought it was going to be smooth sailing and I was going to finally be able to focus on the extractions. Well, I was wrong. As I was steaming some milk for my cappuccino this morning I notice water dripping from the steam valve area. It looks to be leaking from somewhere around the base/pi...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Brew Pressure and PI Chamber?
Replies: 4
Views: 1617

Re: Brew Pressure and PI Chamber?

I wonder if the hole in the water line could have caused the 10-12 second pre shot time. It was basically a hole in the line before the pump and could have caused (just enough) loss of pressure, especially initially. Remember, with the hole in the hose I could not run a tank filter as there was too ...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Brew Pressure and PI Chamber?
Replies: 4
Views: 1617

Re: Brew Pressure and PI Chamber?

Yeah, it could have been a finer grind, though with a smaller dose. I will see how things go. - Beans are fresh 6-12 days out of roast (black cat - local pickup for me is easy) - Distribution is the same - Tamping is the same (nutating) - Grind has varied - Dose has varied - Brew pressure has varied...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy
Replies: 14
Views: 3139

Re: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy

Yeah, I would say that there is a bit more resistance with this setup. Which, I agree is nice to have.
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Brew Pressure and PI Chamber?
Replies: 4
Views: 1617

Brew Pressure and PI Chamber?

Now that it looks like I have the minor issues resolved on my new Mini, I can get back to dialing it in. With the stock OPV setting, the gauge would get up to around 10bar. On my Andreja I was happiest just between 8.5-9bar. So, I went ahead and dialed the Mini down to around the same 8.5-9Bar. Some...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler
Replies: 5
Views: 2520

Re: Steam Boiler

Fixed it. Pulled it apart and found that a strand of teflon tape worked its way up the valve and would not allow it to seat properly. It took a few tries to get it back on without leaking around the threads, but she seems to be holding pressure now. :) Had to build up a considerable amount of tape a...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Timer Problems, Shuts Down without the timer etc.....
Replies: 8
Views: 3170

Re: Timer Problems, Shuts Down without the timer etc.....

Yeah, I don't know. The first night with the machine it would not run correctly. I setup a daily schedule and I could not get Thursday to turn on. I even tried to reset the 1st on session for Thursday to be 10 minutes into the future. Nothing. I worked on it till about 11:30 when it was finally time...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler
Replies: 5
Views: 2520

Re: Steam Boiler

I know "where" it is coming from. (well I think)... It is coming from the valve that sits inside the copper cup right on top of the boiler. If I take a small towel and hold it over this copper cup / valve I can hardly hear the sound. It does seem to seal under full pressure, but then within a few se...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy
Replies: 14
Views: 3139

Re: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy

Ok, cool.

My Silvano and Andreja had no such issues. Maybe the Vivaldi is a little bit different. It sounds like the spring is creaking a bit.

Thanks again.

-Allen
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy
Replies: 14
Views: 3139

Steam Arm movement = Rough / Noisy

This is my 3rd espresso machine with articulating steam arms and this is the first one that is somewhat hard / rough to use and it also makes a creaking sound when moving it. Is this normal for the Vivaldi, or ?

Thanks,

Allen
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Boiler
Replies: 5
Views: 2520

Steam Boiler

On my me MVII the steam boiler pressure release valve is constantly hissing. Well, not constantly, but as the machine cools for a few seconds it starts to hiss, almost like a pulsing/hiss sound. When the boiler heater turns back on and it reaches full temp, it seems close and there is no sound. Then...
by symbology
Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Timer Problems, Shuts Down without the timer etc.....
Replies: 8
Views: 3170

Re: Timer Problems, Shuts Down without the timer etc.....

It seems to me that the timer needed to run a full day before it would work properly. It would not turn the machine on, even after about 5-6 attempts (on the first night). During this time, when I turned on the machine manually, it would only run for about 5-10 minutes and then the group boiler woul...
by symbology
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Steam Tip
Replies: 3
Views: 1731

Re: Steam Tip

That did the trick. I had put a wrench on it before, but was not sure how hard I needed to torque on it. I heated up the tip as recommended and got it to come off.

Thanks again.

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