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by ScottW
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Vivaldi-II Group Heating Element
Replies: 0
Views: 609

Vivaldi-II Group Heating Element

I've had my Vivaldi-II since 2006. Before last Saturday, the only failure has been the pump -- which was an easy replacement. But last Saturday morning the group heater finally died. Wouldn't heat up, and water coming out of group was "milky" looking. Turns out that was because the heating element l...
by ScottW
Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: vivace espresso
Replies: 14
Views: 4312

Re: vivace espresso

Are they referring to the caffeine content or something else? I don't know -- I was puzzled by that statement as well and wish the author had asked for a further explanation. Alves might be referring to the caffeine load, as you suggest. But using the common assertion that robusta's have 2x the caf...
by ScottW
Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: vivace espresso
Replies: 14
Views: 4312

Re: vivace espresso

Mm-hmm. As I wrote earlier, de gustibus non est disputandum . Yes, but that's also an over-simplification. Fortunately, MOST humans have similar tastes and that allows us to generally get value from the evaluations and opinions of expert tasters (or an arbiter elegantiarum , if you prefer), reviewe...
by ScottW
Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: vivace espresso
Replies: 14
Views: 4312

Re: vivace espresso

What are the flavors you notice with the Dolce? I would describe it as sweet, with a very slight chocolate aroma/flavor. Sometimes the latter is more noticeable than others, probably due to variations in my grind/tamp. My wife claims to taste caramel, especially when its roasted a little darker -- ...
by ScottW
Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: vivace espresso
Replies: 14
Views: 4312

Re: vivace espresso

So the Dolce is mostly Robusta? High caffeine like the Liquid Amber? Absolutely not. It appears (looks and taste) to be mostly a monsooned malabar (arabica) with very little robusta. Certainly some people don't like Malabar, and they probably won't like Dolce either. But to say it has a lot of robu...
by ScottW
Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: vivace espresso
Replies: 14
Views: 4312

Re: vivace espresso

I was thinking of trying the Vivace Dolce now that the Toscano is gone. Anyone tried it recently? After trying a lot of blends from a lot of roasters, Vivace Dolce is about all I drink now. Haven't found anything I like better. I just ordered another 8lbs of the Vivace Dolce (green) -- it is a slig...
by ScottW
Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: A mini-VII video
Replies: 8
Views: 4185

Re: A mini-VII video

Anyone recommend some awesome beans to buy in the West or better yet Northwest or best in Portland (besides Stumptown)? I know Black Cat is popular, but I would prefer something I can pick-up a day or two after roast. Tired of stale, light roasts! Maybe I'll have to break out my roaster again. Try ...
by ScottW
Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New S1 steam tip from Chris Coffee
Replies: 43
Views: 17643

Re: Further experience with the new tip?

I am curious to hear what folks think about the new steam tip after using it for a week or so. Please let us know if you all remain as happy as you were when you first tried it and initially posted. I am very pleased and would highly recommend the new tip. For large amounts of milk, the speed of th...
by ScottW
Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New S1 steam tip from Chris Coffee
Replies: 43
Views: 17643

I tried the new tip for the first time this morning, with about 5oz of milk. Definitely much easier to control, a few seconds longer before reaching 140f and *markedly* better microfoam. The new tip is definitely a winner, certainly for small amounts of milk (which is all I ever steam). Looking at a...
by ScottW
Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Voiding My Warranty
Replies: 2
Views: 2049

One reason it's dangerous is that someone could turn on the heater w/o the fan and melt-down the whole unit (and burn down your house). Could you swap out the fan switch for a double-pole, and run the power to the heater through both switches? That way, you could ensure that the heater can only get...
by ScottW
Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Changing Filter and softener cartridges .....
Replies: 45
Views: 10831

Got my replacement softener and it's been a while since I saw the setup so I forgot how it went together. Ho do I get the new one in there?? Do I remove the screws from the bracket into the black top and the blue container pops off? Evan The blue housing should unscrew from the black top. A special...
by ScottW
Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: good source for water hardness test strips
Replies: 9
Views: 3643

These are the ones I've been using -- 50 for $6.
http://www.spadepot.com/shop/Hardness-T ... 02C60.aspx
by ScottW
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Timer lockup
Replies: 39
Views: 14177

Scott, I didn't unplug it like you did. It will be interesting to see if it "recovers" on its own. It appeared to be "locked up" to me, not flashing the next on/off event, which is what led me to momentarily unplug it -- after which it started working normally again. No complaint here, since it is ...
by ScottW
Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Timer lockup
Replies: 39
Views: 14177

...Only a matter of time. I just had an issue with my timer this morning. The machine never turned ON! The timer looked normal, it just failed to turn it on the machine so I woke up to a cold machine! Stupid electronic gizmos! Sorry to hear that, Niko! On one hand, this has only happened to me once...
by ScottW
Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Changing Filter and softener cartridges .....
Replies: 45
Views: 10831

OK - so now I am confused. Is this meter appropriate or not for this particular application? :?: There are two different meters mentioned. The TDS meter that Niko bought is inexpensive, and is fine for measuring "incoming" water, but it won't provide any indication of whether or how well a softener...
by ScottW
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Changing Filter and softener cartridges .....
Replies: 45
Views: 10831

As Niko says -- This meter won't correctly show "hardness" of softener-treated water. It is basically relying on conductivity of the water to compute Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). Simple resin softeners simply replace magnesium/calcium ions with sodium/potassium ions. This leaves the TDS the same, s...
by ScottW
Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Hot Water Delivery
Replies: 13
Views: 3713

I've probably never drawn more than about 8oz at once, so I've not thought much about it. I remember seeing a photo of the element... It was in this thread: http://s1cafe.com/wforum/viewtopic.php?t=372 Most of the heat is going to be in the coil, and it appears it would be positioned at the very bot...
by ScottW
Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Timer lockup
Replies: 39
Views: 14177

Timer lockup

I headed into the kitchen this morning and was greeted by a stone-cold V-II. Oh the horror... The timer didn't turn it on! :angryfire: I looked at the timer display, and the second line -- which normally alternates between showing the current time and the "next on/off" time -- was just showing the c...
by ScottW
Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1 Portafilter Drip down handle
Replies: 11
Views: 3469

Try taking the group gasket out -- clean it AND carefully clean the groove in which it fits. If a bit of grunge gets in that channel, it can prevent a seal between the gasket and the group, and the pressure will find a way around the gasket. Other than that... Make sure the gasket still pliable with...
by ScottW
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: black cat espresso
Replies: 41
Views: 13680

Re: coffee choice

does the espro fit ok in the s 1 8) I use the Espro -- a quality and useful product -- but is exactly 53mm and leaves quite a bit of coffee on the sides of my baskets, which are about 53.3 at the ridge. Sounds like Niko has some smaller baskets, but mine are all 53.3mm at the ridge line. I was in t...
by ScottW
Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi II...sold out again!
Replies: 38
Views: 11955

I sent an email to Chris and Mary.

*** UPDATE ***
After a couple back-and-forths with their web designer, they got the problem fixed about 3:45pm PST. It consistently shows "out of stock" now.

Next shipment expected in 2-3 weeks!
The V-II's are jumping off the shelves. :blob4:
by ScottW
Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi II...sold out again!
Replies: 38
Views: 11955

However, if you do the same thing on the VII page, it consistently says "Back in Stock". Except that there are TWO different VII pages, one for "in stock" and one for "out of stock". These are static pages, and will continue to say the same thing reload after reload. http://www.chriscoffee.com/prod...
by ScottW
Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Behaviour when backflushing
Replies: 7
Views: 2654

Niko wrote:and you can get a Europa 16oz pitcher for only $31.25 at Visions Espresso.
Good price -- but they carry Alessi too. If I shopped there, I'd talk myself into that gorgeous Alessi 17oz at $97. :lol:
by ScottW
Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Behaviour when backflushing
Replies: 7
Views: 2654

It takes quite a while for the machine to display the "no flow" indication. If you let the pump run with the blind portafilter in, it will eventually flash the lights -- but I usually don't let it go that long. It builds up plenty of pressure to backflush long before the lights flash. One comment fo...
by ScottW
Sat May 26, 2007 1:05 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi II...sold out again!
Replies: 38
Views: 11955

I think I have room for an S1 in my plane, and can handle the weight. But keeping that John Guest tubing spooling out and connected at the hangar could be real challenging. :-)
by ScottW
Sat May 26, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Vivaldi III, wishes...
Replies: 42
Views: 17602

It is so hard to make suggestions, because for my tastes the V2 is pretty close to perfect. I'm the kind of guy who is seldom satisfied with any appliance or mechanical contrivance -- but I find the V2 an absolute pleasure to use and it's tough to find much in the way of improvements that would sign...
by ScottW
Sun May 20, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump sounds
Replies: 33
Views: 17420

I removed my regulator (since the adjustments are trashed anyway, getting a new one tomorrow) but my needle jumped to the 10 o'clock and the pump seemed quiter already. Makes me wonder why is the pump starved (slightly enough to annoy me) at a reasonable pressure? I have it set around the 25-30 psi...
by ScottW
Sun May 20, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump sounds
Replies: 33
Views: 17420

Can someone please post a pic of their dual manometer while the machine is not in use? Do you mean turned off and cold? Or just when the pump is off? Here is a pic of mine, up to temp and waiting for action: http://s1cafe.com/wforum/userpix/162_Img_1046_2.jpg The group pressure when pump is off ind...
by ScottW
Sun May 20, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump sounds
Replies: 33
Views: 17420

Whoa, Niko, time for some decaf. :blob6: Have you checked that it is getting enough supply pressure/flow? You could disconnect the supply line from the machine, and make sure there is good flow there. Maybe some more of that teflon tape is clogging up the works! I don't recall... Is there a screen a...
by ScottW
Sat May 19, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump sounds
Replies: 33
Views: 17420

Niko - Haven't heard anything like that from my V2. As you probably remember, I had the "capacitor touching the motor" noise but that just sounded like a loud "rattle" any time the pump was running so doesn't fit what you describe. I also found out a few days ago what it sounds like when the pump is...
by ScottW
Mon May 14, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Minor Steam Wand issue...
Replies: 24
Views: 11000

I already popped out the screen out on the water dispenser, it's pretty easy to remove. You can unscrew it just like a faucet head and pop it right out for cleaning. Good to know... I had tried to unscrew mine, but was not sure if that's how it came apart so was afraid to give it too much torque. I...
by ScottW
Sun May 13, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Minor Steam Wand issue...
Replies: 24
Views: 11000

I'm wondering, is there any other internal parts assembled using Teflon Tape, such as valves and other internal connectors that LaSpaz would put together? Just guessing -- but most of the fittings in the Spaz are probably put together with some teflon tape. It is pretty standard technique for pipe ...
by ScottW
Sun May 13, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Minor Steam Wand issue...
Replies: 24
Views: 11000

I wonder if this has anything to do with the pressure regulator problems I've been experiencing lately. Niko - Entirely possible. Did you use teflon tape when assembling? It's a pretty common problem to wrap the tape such that some of it goes beyond the threads. Like this (pretend the w's are threa...
by ScottW
Sun May 13, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Minor Steam Wand issue...
Replies: 24
Views: 11000

OK. They're not so small pieces! This is starting to deserve a whole new thread called "Major Steam Wand Issue" instead of Minor... My guess - teflon thread tape used during assembly. Someone probably wrapped past the threads, and the extra has now torn loose and gotten into the system. Could be fr...
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Special deal on S1
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

Niko wrote:Or, they made the spout smaller on the smaller grinder, I'm hoping this is the case since they need to compete with the Mazzer Mini E Doserless.
Same here -- if it is the same design as the M4 with the addition of auto-dosing and shorter snout, it will be on my shopping list!
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Pressure readings
Replies: 4
Views: 4015

krus wrote:Where do you get a metal blind filter for a 53mm basket? I haven't been able to find one.
EspressoParts in Seattle carries a blind basket for the S1:
http://www.espressoparts.com/product/SP_11
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Special deal on S1
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

Niko wrote:They already have one out.
I saw that -- but from the picture, it looked like a "full size" grinder based on the larger Macaps rather than the M4 size. What was your take on that? Full size, or "mini" size like the M4?
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Regulator
Replies: 7
Views: 5310

Yes -- The one I bought from Grainger and the one from Chris' are both "Watts P50", both identical plastic bodies. The P50 comes in a bunch of different "sub-models", which vary the outlet size, outlet quantity, and pressure range. The one Grainger carries (or at least the one they had when I purcha...
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Special deal on S1
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

Yep, grind quality is great and the adjustment is soooo precise. Could be a bit of a pain to go between drip grind and espresso, so I'm just keeping the Kitchenaid for the once or twice a week when I brew drip -- it does a good job there. That way I can keep the Macap tuned for espresso. It's also g...
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Special deal on S1
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

Macap Rocks

I've now had the Macap stepless for 8 days -- WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Not one sink shot in 8 days! With the Kitchenaid (always on the same setting), about 40% of the time I would get a good 25-30sec pour, 20% of the time it would choke the S1, and 30% of the time it would spray everywhere and run through...
by ScottW
Sat May 12, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Regulator
Replies: 7
Views: 5310

Niko - When I broke the regulator Chris' sent, I went to my local Grainger and bought a "Watts P50". It looks identical to the one from Chris', but with the following differences: - Allows 0-60 regulation, rather than 0-25. - Had only (1) outlet rather than (2), so no place to directly attach a gaug...
by ScottW
Tue May 08, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam heater element no longer cuts off at right pressure
Replies: 105
Views: 46485

Re: I've also had the issue; can't tighten the new sensor!

Ideas on how to get the new sensor properly attached? Right now, it's barely finger tight, and I doubt it'd hold pressure... Maybe a crows foot wrench? As long as there is enough clearance around the sensor, a crows foot would allow you to access/tighten from directly above using a ratchet and exte...
by ScottW
Tue May 01, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Noisy Pump over time?
Replies: 26
Views: 7915

If I recall correctly, the Blue stuff is supposed to have 150lb locking strength. The Red I'm not sure about, maybe that's a stronger version. I'll have to read the bottle when I get home. With Loctite brand, the bottles are red -- the liquid is blue for the removable line, and red for the permanen...
by ScottW
Tue May 01, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Noisy Pump over time?
Replies: 26
Views: 7915

Only reason I said don't use thread locker is because I know someone with an S1 that needs to replace his capacitor. He'd be screwed (no pun intended) if there was thread lock on it. Uh, NO he wouldn't. The proper thread locker will NOT prevent removal. It fills the threads and dampens vibration to...
by ScottW
Tue May 01, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Noisy Pump over time?
Replies: 26
Views: 7915

I would not use a thread locker of any type on that part. Just in case you ever need to change the capacitor, it would make it harder to remove it. That's sort of the whole point... to make it harder to remove, so it doesn't loosen from vibration. Properly applied, a true thread locker compound wil...
by ScottW
Tue May 01, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Noisy Pump over time?
Replies: 26
Views: 7915

So if I am reading the other posing correctly, I can see this by just removing the front panel? Did you use any loctite or lock washer to keep it from backing out again? Yes - just remove the front panel, the bracket is attached to the front of the motor and should suspend the capacitor directly ab...
by ScottW
Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Noisy Pump over time?
Replies: 26
Views: 7915

UGH!!! So I still have a rotary pump that is louder than my old FrancisFrancis X1. Carl B Mine suddenly got very noisy and I traced it down to the capacitor bracket. The bolt came loose and allowed the capacitor to swivel down and touch the motor, causing quite a loud noise. More description here: ...
by ScottW
Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Minor Steam Wand issue...
Replies: 24
Views: 11000

After all, your timer might have cleared the error for you without you seeing it. I wouldn't have seen mine unless I went home for lunch that day because normally the timer would've fired up the machine before I got home that evening, therefore, clearing it up. That's exactly what I was trying to p...
by ScottW
Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Lights still on...
Replies: 65
Views: 25544

This is all just a little computer error that easily gets cleared up but it's still annoying to find a machine this way when you walk into a room. I agree. And actually, it is *possible* this has happened on my machine before, and I just never noticed it. That is, it could have happened at 8:30pm w...
by ScottW
Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Lights still on...
Replies: 65
Views: 25544

The strange lights phenomenon hit my S1 last night! The machine had been on all day, with the timer set to turn it off at 8:30pm. I walked by at 9:10pm, and found the following light combination: Boiler - off 91, 92, 93, 94 - on (solid) 95 - blinking On - blinking A single press of the on/off button...
by ScottW
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Fan noise
Replies: 49
Views: 19147

gsuser wrote:I hope this model is supposed to work without fan, and that someone didn't simply forget to put one :lol:
I would guess that the efficiency provided by 220v lowers the amount of heat generated and a fan simply isn't needed. But that's just a guess!
by ScottW
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:11 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Fan noise
Replies: 49
Views: 19147

jonniewishbone wrote:Is this noisy fan thing a problem on all the Spaz II's?? Jon
Like Niko -- mine is nearly silent. I can hear it if I am standing next to the machine, but a few steps away and its gone. No explanation, its really wierd that there is so much difference being reported between machines.

...Scott
by ScottW
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Special deal on S1
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

Niko - I think you need an S1 for each room. Just think of all the travel time you'll save between the machines and your guests. The Kony is actually quite tempting. I was tempted.... I've been looking for a grinder upgrade, and finally placed an order last weekend for a black Macap stepless from Ch...
by ScottW
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:20 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Special deal on S1
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

Special deal on S1

In case anyone is considering purchase of (another) S1 -- Chris' Coffee will be offering a special deal at the end of this month! La Spaziale Vivaldi II $1895 includes Timer $185 value, Softening System $105 value, Bottomless portafilter $59 value http://www.home-barista.com/forums/hb-second-anniver...
by ScottW
Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:42 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Installing filter housing
Replies: 3
Views: 1782

Re: Installing filter housing

I am worried about the ability of drywall holding the filters. Are they heavy enough to pull loose? Is this something to be worried about? You would probably be OK using drywall anchors. There is some mechanical stress when removing/installing the filter housings, but I think anchors would hold up ...
by ScottW
Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Lights still on...
Replies: 65
Views: 25544

Just another data point -- maybe a pattern will emerge. I setup my VII with the LaSpaziale timer last November. Since then, it has been turning on at 4:30am daily (6:30am weekends) and off at 8:30pm. I have turned it off manually, before the 8:30pm auto shutoff, about twice a week on average. So far...
by ScottW
Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:08 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New club member
Replies: 28
Views: 6535

I tried the de-caf from espresso vivace in Seattle and my wife and both thought it was good. I can recommend the Vivace decaf blend too. I drink almost exclusively decaf during the week and have settled on the Vivace; its quite good and they are local to me. I buy Vivace's Dolce blend for my wife, ...
by ScottW
Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Timer and other extras?
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

I'm with Niko - having a timer is a HUGE convenience, but you are correct about the price being out of line for the technology involved. There are plans elsewhere on this site for some home-brew solutions that are cheaper, so that is another option if you want a do-it-yourself solution. But I will s...
by ScottW
Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Vivaldi II Set-Up
Replies: 14
Views: 5901

Niko wrote:So how many pucks do you fit in it?
I haven't counted, and I am not the one who usually empties it -- my wife does that, because she read something about coffee grounds killing slugs when mixed into the soil around her plants. :shock: But I'd say it is probably close to 30.
by ScottW
Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Will a Spaz fit under my Cabinet?
Replies: 7
Views: 2541

Does the machine have a stud to receive the feet w/ integral female threads? Or do the feet have the threaded stud? Why couldn't you fabricate some sort of replacement feet that are not as tall. It looks form the pictures that the feet are much thicker than necessary. Please clarify. Thanks- Eric Y...
by ScottW
Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Vivaldi II Set-Up
Replies: 14
Views: 5901

Re: My Vivaldi II Set-Up

I've been meaning to ask you, how do you like that knockbox? I want to order one because it looks like it holds quite a few pucks. So...how many pucks does that bucket hold? I can also recommend the Bumper knockbox. It looks big, but it really doesn't take up that much more footprint than the squar...
by ScottW
Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam heater element no longer cuts off at right pressure
Replies: 105
Views: 46485

As far as the pressure not dropping below 1.2 bar on you tells me that either you don't steam large quantities of milk or... That's true - I seldom do more than 6oz, and I have to really be careful not to overshoot the milk temp because the thermometer can't keep up with the fast rise! When I have ...
by ScottW
Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Steam heater element no longer cuts off at right pressure
Replies: 105
Views: 46485

It does only go to about 1.2 bar, but it also doesn't dip below 1, so performance is much more predictable... Has anyone looked on their V1 controller board to see if there is some kind of adjustment? My V2 (with, obviously, a V2 temp sensor) comes right up to the 1.35 bar line, and seldom drops be...
by ScottW
Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Noise when Pump running
Replies: 3
Views: 3386

Thanks for the info, I have to look into my VI that makes a similar noise. The only difference here is that my S1 always made that sound so I thought it was normal unitl I got the VII. Time has come to pop the covers off for some other things so I'll be taking a gander in the area that you mentione...
by ScottW
Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Noise when Pump running
Replies: 3
Views: 3386

Noise when Pump running

I have had my S1V2 almost 3 months. Today the pump's normal "hum" turned into a loud "vibration" noise. This noise was consistent, anytime the pump was running -- i.e., during a shot or boiler refill. I traced down the problem. There is short bracket that elevates a starting capacitor above the moto...
by ScottW
Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: VII Timer Set-Up
Replies: 23
Views: 7163

Chas, here's what I get: The following addresses had delivery problems: s1v2@rimpo.org Permanent Failure: Other address status Delivery last attempted at Tue, 20 Feb 2007 20:17:41 -0000 EDIT ***** OK, there was another attachment to the "bounced" message, giving a web address for 4mail.com confirmat...
by ScottW
Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:20 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: VII Timer Set-Up
Replies: 23
Views: 7163

I do believe that as the vendor, Chris should be providing instructions with the timer. I received a printed timer manual with my S1v2 timer, and also was emailed a copy in MS-Word format. I have forwarded that to Chas so he can post on the web site if desired. Warning - It isn't a very good manual...
by ScottW
Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Fan Silencing Mod
Replies: 23
Views: 7768

I'm not sure about that, I don't have yours in front of me to compare but I think Chas has one of the 1st shipments like you but he didn't mention the fan silence. I'm sure. The fan in my VII is barely audible. If you're more than a few feet away, the only way you can tell it's on is by seeing the ...
by ScottW
Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: How do you to turn the VII on after the timer has shut off
Replies: 4
Views: 2140

Re: How do you to turn the VII on after the timer has shut o

[quote="fxdxt"]I tried to turn the VII on this AM after the timer shut off. When I hit the power button nothing happens.
If I hold it in for 3 seconds or more I go into program mode.
I tried changing the timer mode from
by ScottW
Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Fan Silencing Mod
Replies: 23
Views: 7768

The new shipment of VII's have been silenced. Not only the fan is nearly silent, but the unit as a whole is much quieter. I'm still scratching my head over what they've done so the covers will fly off soon to check the motor mounts and the rest of the stuff inside compared to my other S1. My VII wa...

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