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by bbqnut
Thu May 01, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: Mini In Warranty Issues
Topic: I'm starting to get really mad now!
Replies: 28
Views: 9160

I am NOT an S1 hater, but this is the sort of stuff that made me sell mine. The saving grace is Chris' Coffee service. But even that only goes so far. You have only had this a couple months right? If so, I would ask they ship you an entirely brand new machine, and a label for the old one. That is ab...
by bbqnut
Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: power/voltage question
Replies: 10
Views: 2007

Re: Never run a 20 amp device on a 15 amp circuit

It is foolish and dangerous to run any 20 amp device on a 15 amp circuit. 15 amp wiring is not heavy enough to handle 20 amps on a regular basis. In theory, no single device (or multiple devices) on a single circuit would ever be given the chance to pull more than 15 amps, because once your current...
by bbqnut
Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump not turning on (sometimes)
Replies: 39
Views: 10445

I smell a problem with some Fluid-O-Tech pumps...

:cry:
by bbqnut
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 12710

Ask yourself the ultimate question: Do you weigh your water?

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
by bbqnut
Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Coffee Bean Freshness
Replies: 76
Views: 12110

Linky no worky :cry: I don't believe it to be a voltage problem because I used my custom profile on the 1st and 2nd batches (which were both trash). On the 3rd batch I used the #1 pre-program and the coffee came out just fine. I will have to reprogram my roasting curve and try another batch to see ...
by bbqnut
Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:30 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Two questions
Replies: 25
Views: 3798

It seems that no 2 iRoasts are alike but here goes... That is an understatement. I have owned a few, and had to send back at least 2 for very flaky performance. So if under warranty, you might pursue that. I also wrote a little article that has some profiles to try: http://www.ineedcoffee.com/07/ir...
by bbqnut
Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:27 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Coffee Bean Freshness
Replies: 76
Views: 12110

I find that sometimes a bag will lose its suction, it looks as though the beans aren't as tightly packed as they were when the food saver first packaged them. Do you find this happening sometimes, John? How about you Barbara, has it ever happened to a bag in the freezer to you? Doesn't always happe...
by bbqnut
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: She made me take her clothes off!
Replies: 8
Views: 1924

JohnB wrote:Looks like they had a few shards left over after making Bbqnut's machine. :)
@#!@#! BRASS SHAVINGS!!!

I am going to start a new business. I will take your new machine, take it all apart, flush it out and remove all brass shavings. That would save a lot of headaches...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Just ordered a new Mini
Replies: 35
Views: 4953

I don't think I ever used the volumetric feature as intended... 8)
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Cleaning products
Replies: 34
Views: 4647

Can anyone comment on what the hardness is if you use one of Chris' water softening systems? My guess is that it is way lower than 50ppm (like in the 3-15ppm range). My RO water is very low at about 1.5ppm, and I have compared through some various anecdotal taste tests that I cannot discern a differ...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Cleaning products
Replies: 34
Views: 4647

Well, I know the softener is working because I checked the hardness at one of the outside faucets (for the lawn) and it was at "38". I went to one of the big box fishy stores today and they were out of test strips. However, they were kind enough to give me some from their stock. This is what I foun...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Cleaning products
Replies: 34
Views: 4647

For giggles I checked the cold water tap in the kitchen and came up with the same results. As a control, I used one of the hardness strips provided by Chris and also came up with super soft water (confirmed results). Makes me wonder if the cold water in the kitchen was plumbed from the softener?? I...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Cleaning products
Replies: 34
Views: 4647

very effective & not as damaging as Cafiza can be without care What kind of damage are you speaking of? I was going to order some today. Almost forgot to ask: Based upon my water analysis, is there anything I should be doing to better protect my machine or is it just fine to keep dumping in water f...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Does your VII hot water tap sputter?
Replies: 16
Views: 3514

bluesman13 wrote:
bbqnut wrote:Can you post a video with audio?
who do you think I am, Niko?? :D :D :D :D

Sorry, bbqnut, but I don't have a video camera...

Steve
Most little point and shoot cameras have a video function, and there is YouTube, but just a thought...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: On/Off Timer
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

Thanks to all for the information. But I'm just not understanding the difference with the VII. What happens when you plug it in? What is "on"? I know there is two boilers--is there two on/off switches, one for each boiler? What's the difference between using a timer on the plug and getting up in th...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: RO Pressure/Volume question
Replies: 2
Views: 1142

I guess since the output from the RO is 1/4", and the inputs to my devices is 1/4", I just wondered if adapting to 3/8" for the run in between would gain me something. I guess it will. I already ordered the 3/8" stuff.

Thanks
by bbqnut
Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

Maybe someday the Japanese will make an espresso machine. The only reason I doubt this would happen is because I don't think the Japanese are big coffee drinkers (especially espresso). Maybe some European company will contract them to make one :dontknow: I see your point, Chris. That machine of you...
by bbqnut
Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: "Damaged Flow Meter" error out of the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 8131

What kind of grinder do you have? Not to answer for Blaine, but what the heck, I will. Looks like a MACAP M4 to me. And on that note, Blaine, remove the finger guard!!! It just gets in the way, and life is so much more exciting when the loss of appendages looms over every espresso shot. :twisted:
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: On/Off Timer
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

I feel bad for all you S1 owners who must buy the $185 timer.

Now that I have an inferior machine, I am free to use the $5 timer from the hardware store.

There are advantages to living on the street and eating garbage :P
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

Of course neither bike has anything to do with the current quality of the Italian motorcycle industry anymore then a mid 70s Pinto would the current Fords. Nor would current Italian motorcycles have anything to do with current Italian espresso machines. Keep in mind that if a Japanese company were ...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

I've toured the U.S. twice(8000 miles each) on a 92 Ducati with no problems & on an 02 Aprilia once, again with no issues. The Ducati now has 45,000 miles on it & has been far more reliable then any of my BMWs. The Japanese can build a reliable, soulless vehicle as long as they have something to co...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

I take it you've had problems with your Italian machinery?? I've owned Italian cars, motorcycles & now Espresso machines. From my personal experience the products have been of very high quality but the companies & their back up can sometimes leave much to be desired. I have owned a Ducati dirt bike...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

Doesn't sound like you are rinsing the group very well, otherwise that tray would be filled up once a day. :wink: Don't forget there are those where the drip tray is a very long trip (over carpet) to the nearest sink. I also removed my drip tray weekly to clean it out. With the factory drip tray it...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

I don't see the need for a drain with the S1. The drip tray couldn't possibly be any easier to remove. Takes me 30 seconds to remove, dump & rinse out. No muck collecting between the ribs on the bottom either. Doesn't sound like you are rinsing the group very well, otherwise that tray would be fill...
by bbqnut
Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: RO Pressure/Volume question
Replies: 2
Views: 1142

RO Pressure/Volume question

I have a pretty standard Watts RO system with an 11 gallon tank. The tank has the required 7 PSI set for the bladder. Directly out of the RO output, it is very strong, but after traveling and splitting under the house, all the outlets seem a little weak. Everything is 1/4", including the output from...
by bbqnut
Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

I just moved my Vivaldi across the kitchen from where it had been sitting right next to the sink. It doesn't suck, but there are a couple of extra trips across the kitchen to dump pre-heating blind pulls and occasionally the drip tray. I too want to plumb out to a largish drainage collector. My sol...
by bbqnut
Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Modest Setup
Replies: 28
Views: 8953

Re: My Modest Setup

In our old hallway/laundry room... http://s1cafe.com/wforum/userpix/174_S1_1.jpg Hey bbqnut, Where did you get the rubber base covering? I have been looking everywhere and have yet to find one. I will be placing my VII on wood as well. Thanks! That is an Ikea special I bought about 3 years ago in t...
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:23 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Steam Wand for Pasquini Livia 90?
Replies: 2
Views: 1188

Don't have any experience with a Livia myself, bbqnut. However, when I was thinking of a Bezzera before going with the Vivaldi, I found this forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/livia-90/ which is pretty helpful. If you haven't found it yet, I think it's worth a couple of visits and joining up. Than...
by bbqnut
Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:37 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Drain plumbing - with pictures
Replies: 29
Views: 21257

Basically what I did over a year ago to mine after the stock drain failed me. I had to use plumbers putty to keep it from leaking, but I may have been able to avoid that with a slightly smaller hole. http://s1cafe.com/wforum/userpix/174_IMG_0090_2.jpg http://s1cafe.com/wforum/userpix/174_IMG_0096_2....
by bbqnut
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Steam Wand for Pasquini Livia 90?
Replies: 2
Views: 1188

Steam Wand for Pasquini Livia 90?

I have acquired a Paaquini Livia 90 recently, and wondered if anyone knows about possibly using a La Spaz steam wand (or other brand) on it.

The problem is that it does swivel, but not 360, and so it is hard to get it positioned correctly in the pitcher.

Thanks
by bbqnut
Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump not turning on (sometimes)
Replies: 39
Views: 10445

I had a similar issue, but my pump would always "run", meaning I could hear it, but when it failed, no water would come out. Turned out to be a faulty pump that had leaked for who knows how long. Jason promptly sent me a new pump, and that was that. I would get with Jason on email and/or phone, and ...
by bbqnut
Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Softener/filtration
Replies: 17
Views: 3913

amongst others, yes :D You've got good experiences with it? Absolutely. Both as drinking water and for espresso, drip, etc. I think people hear things and then spread FUD without having firsthand knowledge or experience. I have heard that RO tastes flat, it is too acidic, etc., etc. IMO, it is clea...
by bbqnut
Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Softener/filtration
Replies: 17
Views: 3913

Consty wrote:I found RO systems in Holland yes, it's fairly expensive though. And from what I read about it it wouldn't be my first choice...
I surely hope you don't mean the "Insanely Long Water FAQ..."

Sorry, I don't believe in it.
by bbqnut
Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1 Vivaldi to the LM GS3 -- early observations
Replies: 26
Views: 5512

Steve wrote: Perhaps the Nissan Espresso ZX? Constant pressure and perfect volumetry delivered by pneumatic piston. Gold plated brew path. Atomic clock. Unlimited warranty 6 years or 8000 shots, whichever comes last. Side panel airbags. GPS.

Ahhhhh...

You don't know how sweet that actually sounds.
by bbqnut
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1 Vivaldi to the LM GS3 -- early observations
Replies: 26
Views: 5512

I will say it again - "No More Italian Espresso Machines!!!" At least for me, at least for awhile. That alone is why I would buy a Cyncra. And if the Japanese made an espresso machine, I would buy that instead. I have had so many problems with Italian stuff, and then trying to get parts (which have ...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Softener/filtration
Replies: 17
Views: 3913

Just a question, are Reverse Osmosis systems available in Holland?

Some don't like them (for various reasons), but I do, and RO systems here in the US are pretty cheap. Just another possibility.
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Adjusting and re-adjusting the M4
Replies: 20
Views: 6968

I have used something like these wire markers in the past. They are small, durable, and professional. I think you may even be able to get them at Home Depot. http://cableorganizer.com/wire-marker/ I think I used "1" for French Press, "2" for drip, and "4", "5", "6" for espresso, or something like th...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Help me diagnose my problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2474

That initial "channeling" is not great, but it quickly converges at the middle and stays there, so that is good. And it does not seem to pour very fast, in fact it seems about right. Are you getting about 2-3 ounces in about 20-30 seconds? If so, you are in the right neighborhood. I would be more in...
by bbqnut
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Does your VII hot water tap sputter?
Replies: 16
Views: 3514

Can you post a video with audio?

I know mine had a certain sound, but not sure if I would classify it as sputtering.

My only concern is hard water deposit causing the noise.
by bbqnut
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1 Vivaldi to the LM GS3 -- early observations
Replies: 26
Views: 5512

hlsheppard wrote:Thanks for the nice read, Steve!

Now- who's going to buy a Synesso so I can live vicariously through THEM?! :D :thumbright:
Me. Eventually.

I will never touch another Italian made espresso machine until I own a Synesso. :wink:
by bbqnut
Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

Niko wrote:...which reminds me,
I'll have to shave my arms for the next video. :D
If I do it for my videos, it's the least you can do for yours...

:D
by bbqnut
Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

I knew I forgot something...

I will be adding some photos over the next few days. I will include one of the Variac and label it as such.
by bbqnut
Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

New Hottop Article & Video

Ok here it is. Remember, it is a first look and pretty basic, but I was able to put together a quick video along with the first look article.

http://www.ineedcoffee.com/08/hottop-roaster/
by bbqnut
Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

Niko wrote:Please do!
I can't wait :wink:
Most of it will be old hat to you guys, but it should help some other newbs

Video will be fun - haven't shot it yet, and I have a lot of work to do...
by bbqnut
Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Grinder Deal
Replies: 0
Views: 1729

Grinder Deal

Got 3 grinders yesterday for a good deal locally from a guy who had them for his bakery that he closed down. They got pretty light usage, and seem to be models from a few years ago. One looks to be a used Nuova Simonelli MCF (made by Conti-Valerio/Quamar). One looks to be a used Nuova Simonelli Eure...
by bbqnut
Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

I will have a Hottop article out on Mar 1, 2008. I will also likely have a video to accompany (if time permits).

I will post here when it goes live.
by bbqnut
Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:50 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

And how much were each of those special boxes? As I recall, a lot...and now, they await a glorious resurrection on Antiques road show. I can see it now (200 years in the future): "There were only 10 made, and yours is the only known surviving specimen. It is priceless. I don't even know how to put a...
by bbqnut
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Crap - Damaged flowmeter alarm
Replies: 36
Views: 10965

Yep they changed it.

Just see the attached photo.

In any case, I would remove the whole thing and carefully inspect and wash all orifices.

Image
by bbqnut
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Crap - Damaged flowmeter alarm
Replies: 36
Views: 10965

The allen bolts hold on the black cover, but the black cover is also pressure or snap-fitted, or has a gasket or something else that fastens it to the brass body. In my photo, you will see that the 3 allen heads hold a brass "top". It is positioned between the black cover and the brass "bottom". I ...
by bbqnut
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Crap - Damaged flowmeter alarm
Replies: 36
Views: 10965

I don't have my S1 anymore, but using the photos as a guide... The brass piece is where the water flows through (but there are 2 pieces - top and bottom). The 3 allen head screws hold the top part of the brass piece to the bottom piece. The entire brass body is held to the frame with the bottom two ...
by bbqnut
Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Crap - Damaged flowmeter alarm
Replies: 36
Views: 10965

The 3 allen bolts came out without a problem. I couldn't get the black cover off of the brass body of the flow meter, though. I tried slipping a knife blade into the seam and prying, but it need more persuasion than I was willing to apply - it felt like I was going to break the cover, so I just rep...
by bbqnut
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Crap - Damaged flowmeter alarm
Replies: 36
Views: 10965

8-10 more pulls later - 2 doubles plus various pre-warming and post-flushing & wiggling - still no damaged flowmeter alarm. I'm feeling better and better :D Those 3 allen heads should come out, you just need a good set of ball end allen wrenches. And if that doesn't do it, get one of those "Socket"...
by bbqnut
Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Crap - Damaged flowmeter alarm
Replies: 36
Views: 10965

I had brass shaving debris in my flowmeter.

Try to wade through this thread and find the photos of what I found:

http://www.s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?t=519
by bbqnut
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: ...Or Behmor???
Replies: 119
Views: 27728

Even though the HT seems bigger (and maybe the overall size is), the Behmor can do 16 ounces, whereas the Hottop user typically does about 10 ounces or less, as recommended.

But yes, a round chamber seems more efficient.
by bbqnut
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:09 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: ...Or Behmor???
Replies: 119
Views: 27728

What I find odd is the amps pulled. I always found the Behmor to be a bit slow, and never really seemed capable of a fast roast, even if I wanted it.

The Hottop OTOH, seems more powerful, yet draws quite a bit less amperage across the board.
by bbqnut
Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Changed filters- now no drip!
Replies: 11
Views: 2348

JohnB wrote:My line pressure is right at 30psi with the regulator & no drips but my machine is pretty new. I imagine as it ages the valve will get sloppier.
Maybe one of the requirements of owning the machine is a plumbed in drip tray?

:D
by bbqnut
Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

Hey, I am out of the circle of S1VII owners, but will be doing a Hottop article and video soon for INeedCoffee. And I unlike some who only show their hairy arms, I will actually show my face (though content may not be appropriate for younger viewers). :twisted: It feels kinda sad not to have an S1 o...
by bbqnut
Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Changed filters- now no drip!
Replies: 11
Views: 2348

Regarding the expansion valve. Mine actually did start dripping again after replacing the rubber disk and re-calibration. I am using an RO system that is putting out about 30 psi (2 bar). I put back in the pressure regulator, and have found that at 20 psi (1.33 bar), it does not drip at all. At 25 p...
by bbqnut
Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water leaking into drip tray
Replies: 10
Views: 7252

Regarding the expansion valve. Mine actually did start dripping again after replacing the rubber disk and re-calibration. I am using an RO system that is putting out about 30 psi (2 bar). I put back in the pressure regulator, and have found that at 20 psi (1.33 bar), it does not drip at all. At 25 p...
by bbqnut
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Changed filters- now no drip!
Replies: 11
Views: 2348

According to Jason, some leaking from the expansion valve (when correctly calibrated), is normal. Not sure if this is the source of your leaking, but I also wonder if a pressure regulator comes into play. Mine quit working awhile back, so I went direct. Since I am using an RO system, the pressure on...
by bbqnut
Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: JAMMED Mazzer Mini Doserless
Replies: 10
Views: 2822

I assume you've dismantled your MACAP for a cleaning? I have the stepless worm-gear driven version so I'm guessing I have to keep twisting the little adjustment knob until the top burr set is all the way out...this should only take a few years the way it operates :lol: Many times on all accounts (m...
by bbqnut
Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: JAMMED Mazzer Mini Doserless
Replies: 10
Views: 2822

I just use common sense, cafiza, hot water, a wooden skewer, a towel, and a stiff wire brush. If you get in between all the little blades on both burrs, it should only take about 15 minutes from start to finish.

But it sounds like you got it.
by bbqnut
Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: JAMMED Mazzer Mini Doserless
Replies: 10
Views: 2822

Re: JAMMED Mazzer Mini Doserless

Niko wrote:Yes, I haven't cleaned the grinder since April :oops: but I've been regularly running "Grindz" through it every 6 weeks, apparently this is not enough and a complete disassembly was in order to clear up this mess.
I told you....


:D :twisted:
by bbqnut
Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Broken plastic side panel
Replies: 17
Views: 8266

And all this time, I thought the plastic was used to reduce cost.

$135 for one panel? Sheesh....
by bbqnut
Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:50 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Water leaking into drip tray
Replies: 10
Views: 7252

Sounds like the expansion valve. It drains into the back right corner of the drip tray.

Mine had a worn seat, and was dripping any time the group boiler refilled. Jason at Chris' coffee sent me a new seat, and and now it is good.
by bbqnut
Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:57 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Now that you own an S1 are you still compelled to buy a GS3?
Replies: 46
Views: 8907

Now that I am looking to get rid of my S1VII, I am actually looking at one of the Synesso Cyncra models.

Anyone else looked at these?

http://www.synesso.com/
by bbqnut
Sun Dec 16, 2007 6:02 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Espro 53 convex neddle point at center! Is it nomal?
Replies: 6
Views: 2657

Well, a couple of things: 1. If it is fairly small, my guess is that it wont hurt much. There is no water that comes in the center for at least the diameter of the screw that holds the shower head in place, so I think we are talking minimal if any influence. But that is just a theory. 2. If it bothe...
by bbqnut
Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Group Boiler Whine
Replies: 14
Views: 6964

I had already taken it apart, and really could not find anything amiss. Well it sounds like I have a worn seat (the rubber disc inside the expansion valve), since mine leaks all the time and should only drip or leak when group boiler is refilling. This is all according to Jason at Chris' coffee. The...
by bbqnut
Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Group Boiler Whine
Replies: 14
Views: 6964

So after replacing the pump, and attempting to calibrate the expansion valve per Chas' instructions, I got the same whine whenever the boiler would refill. Anyhow, now I am at this situation: At it's current position (or tighter), it does not drip, but will whine when refilling. If I go a 1/4 turn l...
by bbqnut
Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Dual Screen Tweaking
Replies: 16
Views: 6465

Once the "best" pattern is discovered, I think the answer is one screen. Then the result is always the same.
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: naked portafilter
Replies: 23
Views: 6524

Take a look at this link http://www.pasmarose.de/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/181?osCsid=01054be4e8f841403057cae09a3ee872 which I can't seem to hide like everybody else on the forum. This is what the code would look like: [url=http://www.pasmarose.de/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/181...
by bbqnut
Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Group Gasket
Replies: 18
Views: 4026

With my Pasquini Livia 90, the official instructions were to use an ice pick to remove the old one. Once you realize that the old one will be no good, and you can destroy it, it makes the job a lot easier. And they are impossible to remove when cold (they break or chip into pieces).
by bbqnut
Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 81
Views: 19995

Re: triple baskets

how expensive would the ss baskets be 8)
Materials alone are about $60. So all told $110 each. Even I won't pay that much.
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:14 am
Forum: Triple Baskets
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 81
Views: 19995

(I also found pulling a good triple difficult so I also needed to set aside prep time.) - Tom If you don't have the extra minute or two to prep a triple basket, you might want to loosen your schedule up a bit. :P I got some word back about machining the baskets. It looks like Stainless Steel will m...
by bbqnut
Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:59 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Another Damaged flow meter alarm
Replies: 2
Views: 2170

I am really curious how many other reputable espresso machines have problems with brass shavings.

It seems the S1 is plagued with them (I know mine has been), and now I always have to wonder what other little orifice has a brass shaving trapped in it.
by bbqnut
Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Boiler light flashing
Replies: 9
Views: 4265

And a new John Guest fitting wouldn't cost much or be hard to replace if the tape doesn't work.
by bbqnut
Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temp offset setting....
Replies: 20
Views: 4217

Not too put too fine a point on it, but the S1 generally does require warm up shots, where as most E61s require cool down shots. So the ritual is similar (though something different is happening inside). In any case, it is funny that very few machines can just give you the correct temperature out of...
by bbqnut
Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:03 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water filtration
Replies: 24
Views: 5612

I posted some time ago about the fizz as a side effect of the Calcite filter, another reason for getting rid of it.

I get no fizz with the RO on it's own.
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water filtration
Replies: 24
Views: 5612

I am one of the few who use RO for all coffee preparation, and like the taste. In theory, the fairly acidic nature of RO water is one of the big downsides for espresso. I put the calcite filter from Chris (which raises the PH), and did not like the flavor, so I went back to direct RO into the S1. In...
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: HELP! Espresso is still undrinkable.
Replies: 26
Views: 13822

Niko wrote:dAmN!
nice collection, guys.
You have to counter balance the caffeine with alcohol, right? :P
I serve my friends alcohol when the arrive, coffee when they leave. If you reverse the order, it doesn't work out too well...
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: HELP! Espresso is still undrinkable.
Replies: 26
Views: 13822

Re: Update...

Except one - but that person also thinks that Jack Daniels is great whiskey.... A bourbon man! I have some really nice bourbons now: 20 Year Pappy Van Winkles 23 Year Pappy Van Winkles 8 Year Jeffersons (my favorite considering price) Bookers I used to think JD was good bourbon too (actually it is ...
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:06 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Whistling or high-pitched noise
Replies: 4
Views: 4050

Another thing, what if... there's another piece of brass shaving stuck in the valve (yet again) due to moving the machine around around all over the place while replacing pump? Man, you must have quite the forearms by now! :shock: Yes, brass shavings - they have become my bane of my existence. I th...
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Whistling or high-pitched noise
Replies: 4
Views: 4050

Looks like exactly the problem. Somehow, after all that calibration, the expansion valve started dripping even when the machine was at idle. So every 12 hours, I would tighten about half turn, until it stopped (I know I need to recalibrate). Maybe for some reason it is now too tight. Thanks for that...
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:59 am
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Whistling or high-pitched noise
Replies: 4
Views: 4050

Whistling or high-pitched noise

Now that the new pump is in, and think the expansion valve might not be calibrated perfectly, I am getting this noise. I can only describe it is a whistling noise, or maybe a high pitched whine. It happens about every 2-5 minutes, and is very, very brief (maybe 1-2 seconds), and is very subtle in te...
by bbqnut
Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:50 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Macap M4 zero point
Replies: 14
Views: 4202

I am thinking Versalab for espresso, but $1700 is not in the budget right now. For my drip needs, I just bought a vintage (though brand new in the box), Swiss-made Ditting supermarket grinder (about 63 pounds). It grinds a pound in way less than a minute, and is rated for 2500 hours. I figure that i...
by bbqnut
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Macap M4 zero point
Replies: 14
Views: 4202

Overall I liked my Doser Mazzer Mini and Doserless Super Jolly (both gone now), over my current stepped doserless MACAP M4.

The adjustment sometimes seems screwy, and taking it apart seemed easier on the Mazzers.

I think I need a new toy.
by bbqnut
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

From the roast-control point of view, the B has advantage over the P: 2 parameters are controllable all the time: fan speed and temperature vs temperature and preprogrammed fan speed in 3-minutes time spans. The P has advantage over the B with its programmability: a profile may be preprogrammed and...
by bbqnut
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

With the Variac, my hope is that with a certain bean, I can let the roast go completely on it's own (though I am near by in case of fire).

While that is also possible with the B model, it is not as easy to keep records and adjust on paper. And you really cannot share profiles very accurately.
by bbqnut
Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

Michael is sending me out some screws. He also sent me this link regarding drum alignment:

http://www.hottopusa.com/drumalign.html
by bbqnut
Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Timer didn't work
Replies: 5
Views: 3382

2 of my 3 Sat clocks decided to do weird stuff.

One was just running really slow (like 5 hours), and the other was about 1.5 hours off.

New batteries, and one is correct, the other still waiting to sync.

I hate technology - and daylight savings!!!!
by bbqnut
Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

Well, I discovered something else - I only have 2 screws, which might explain the fact that mine leaks more smoke than some.

Didn't find any beans in there, but at least I know how to check it when it starts making the noise again.

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by bbqnut
Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

Not yet. What is involved in removing the drum?

I can pull out the manual I suppose, if it requires special attention.
by bbqnut
Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

My P model has been scraping lightly on and off since I got it. It changes slightly when changing the tightness of the brass screw, and also when it warms up it lessens or goes away completely.

I think I am going to call into Michael at Hottop and/or Russ at CBC.
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:41 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Weird intermittent grouphead failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23379

I think I got everything set.

One question:

Though I thought I had the expansion valve calibrated for 12.5 Bars, it seems now that with the blind disk, after a few seconds the expansion valve starts to drip a bit.

Anything to be concerned about?
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 125258

How about the earlier Hottop model? On the site I'll probably buy there's the earlier one for a little more then half the price of the new. I will homeroast for sure, but since the prices are a bit of concern (at the moment) it won't be earlier then half a year or more.[/url] There are two earlier ...
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Weird intermittent grouphead failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23379

When it is idle that should essentially be the line water pressure at the S1. This would either be the real water pressure coming into your house or whatever you set it to if you added a pressure regulator. My guess is that Niko has a regulator and you don't??? Have one, but took it out since it wa...
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Weird intermittent grouphead failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23379

OK, I got the expansion valve calibrated for 12.5 bars to drip slowly (though backing off to 12 does not quite stop it). I think it is close enough though. And I have the gauge looking pretty much like Niko's video, but not quite. Here is the comparison. Maybe you can tell me if there is anything to...
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Weird intermittent grouphead failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23379

And with the backflush disk, it went to almost 15. So I stopped it really quickly, as that sounds way high.
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Weird intermittent grouphead failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23379

I assume I want to follow these instructions?
http://www.s1cafe.com/s1v2/VII_Expansion.php
by bbqnut
Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: VII In Warranty Problems
Topic: Weird intermittent grouphead failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23379

I only have the disk.

Look forward to the video.

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