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by BillK
Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water softner and filter replacement cartridges
Replies: 7
Views: 2186

Re: Water softner and filter replacement cartridges

MDL, are you saying that you get a year out of a water softener cartridge without ever re-charging it?

If yes, are you using the hot water tap much for things like Americano's, tea, etc?

BillK
by BillK
Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58706

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Endo, you could be the first to test this combo!! :-) Unless there is a Canadian supplier that ships to the U.S., I don't see how a person in the U.S. could take advantage of the exchange rate for this grinder. I could use a second grinder, and if this one is good I am going to be very interested. I...
by BillK
Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Hottop Mods
Replies: 33
Views: 13641

Re: Hottop Mods

My Hottop is the original Hottop. I have changed the internal wiring so that the heating element can run directly off a Variac, enabled via a toggle switch. If the switch is turned on, the heating element is on, 100% duty cycle. If the switch is off, the heating element is controlled by the Hottop. ...
by BillK
Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: S1 General Q&A
Topic: Naked Videos
Replies: 32
Views: 10074

Re: Naked Videos

Endo, are you using 140 psi? I get shots that start just like the GS3. I am at 125 psi, I am using fresh coffee, and I am grinding relatively fine for a bit of ristretto effect. The bottom of the basket starts to get brown at about 6 seconds. The beginning of the pour is the syrupy effect that you w...
by BillK
Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:17 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Ha, you won't make it to the weekend, or I miss my guess. Two screws to remove the front panel, then about five minutes to bolt the new part in and leak check it.

BillK
by BillK
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Take a look at this thread http://s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1058 This thread didn't really show me anything, in terms of defining fast versus slow. It didn't show me Endo's pour, either, because the video seemed to be gone (perhaps I have a browser problem again). I did find the link to Rapid...
by BillK
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Endo, I will make one more suggestion. You say that you are getting mail order beans that are 7 days old. This is too old, as a starting point, in my book. I try to use beans that are as young as possible. When I am in MN I order Paradise, mostly. When I am in AZ I order Klatch, mostly. This is beca...
by BillK
Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Could somebody please define for me what is meant by a "slow" ramp-up? I have the chamber on my original S1 and it takes several seconds for the ramp-up to full pressure. Is the ramp-up I am getting considered "slow"?

BillK
by BillK
Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Thanks Bill, this is all great advice. I haven't tried the temp calibration yet. Since my machine is not a Chris Coffee machine (where they calibrate it before shipping), perhaps it is off. I noticed that some people here prefer setting about 3C to 4C lower than me for the same coffee, so perhaps m...
by BillK
Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Endo, I just got back from a trip, so I am not up to speed on your current situation. In looking back over this thread, I see that at one point you were using a Sumatra. Is this still the situation? When I have ground some Sumatras for an espresso extraction, particularly aged Sumatras, I have had t...
by BillK
Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

:grin: George seems to be the only one advising a coarse grind for V/P. Sweet Marias says medium to fine but no powder & CG says slightly finer then drip. I guess I'll have to try both ways & see which I prefer. I would think you would need a longer steep time with the coarse grind then with a "fine...
by BillK
Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

I grind the same for press pot and vacuum pot. Coarse. To each is own. I have the small Yama pot. I don't the cloth filter system. I use a glass rod. I found that the cloth filter picked up off flavors and I could not get rid of them. Maybe there is a trick that I am missing on this. With the rod, ...
by BillK
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Vario... I'd wait on preliminary reviews. My solution was to buy a Baratza Virtuoso for non-espresso brew. Vac pot: yum! My favorite non-espresso brewing method. Never tried it but I'm looking forward to mine arriving. Whats a typical Vac Pot grind? Slightly finer then drip? Half way between drip &...
by BillK
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

I'd take the Robur anyday just because I like the build quality of the Mazzers. I agree. I haven't seen any grinder with the build quality of the Mazzers. I was considering the Cimbali Max Hybrid. It seemed like a good choice for grind quality, but the build quality seemed suprisingly cheap. I ran ...
by BillK
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

I could not agree more. We are partial to Arizona, which is full of spectacular scenery, and we have seen all of the West and Southwest, but from top to bottom Utah is definitely our favorite in terms of natural beauty. As you say, it is like one, huge park. I am originally from the northwoods of W...
by BillK
Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

We do the Black Hills! We have a scenic route that we take from AZ to MN whenever Colorado Rockies weather permits. Get a load of this: ... How about that for your basic, four day (w/o side trips) driving trip?! Great itinerary, lots of great places packed into four days! I love the desert southwes...
by BillK
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Rapid City, S.D. We normally pass through there a couple of times a year. We have stayed at Hojo's Express (new and really nice, believe it or not) and the Fairfield Inn off 94. Any good coffee houses nearby? Sorry, I would have responded sooner, but I injured myself falling off my chair. :lol: Not...
by BillK
Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:12 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

Rapid City, S.D.

We normally pass through there a couple of times a year. We have stayed at Hojo's Express (new and really nice, believe it or not) and the Fairfield Inn off 94. Any good coffee houses nearby?

BillK
by BillK
Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

You didn't mention your expereince with grind sensitivity before pre-infusion. I don't have this yet, and I'm starting to suspect (and hope) this is why I'm having consistancy problems. It definitely doesn't compare to the consistancy I was getting with my E-61 and actually seems a little worse tha...
by BillK
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity
Replies: 88
Views: 15737

Re: Vivaldi Grind Sensitivity

I am very happy with the S1/SuperJolly combination. Your problem is that you don't know what to expect. A full, one-notch change is huge. You dial this grinder in with less than 1/2 notch changes, always approaching the proper setting from the same direction of rotation. It takes firm pressure and t...
by BillK
Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power
Replies: 10
Views: 1942

Re: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power

Yes. About once a year the steam boiler starts knocking, indicating scale. I de-scale as soon as I notice this. I just did this in October. At the time I de-scaled, I opened the steam valve and blew through the wand to check for obstructions. There was absolutely no resistance. This is a backflow, ...
by BillK
Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power
Replies: 10
Views: 1942

Re: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power

I measured the steaming performance of my V1 and compared it to the original H-B timing. I used the large, 3-hole tip. I took 12 oz of water in a metal steam pitcher from 40 def F to 160 deg F. My time was 70 seconds. The comparable H-B time was about 40 seconds. I have a problem. My gauge reads 1.3...
by BillK
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water Damage to Kitchen
Replies: 4
Views: 1052

Re: Water Damage to Kitchen

Niko, you were luckeee! Good for you. I wish I was so lucky. John, thanks! for the info on the tubing and the H-B thread. I feel better about the tubing, that is for sure. The H-B thread points out to me that there is a range of options, and what I do depends on how conservative I want to get about ...
by BillK
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:18 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power
Replies: 10
Views: 1942

Re: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power

Yes. About once a year the steam boiler starts knocking, indicating scale. I de-scale as soon as I notice this. I just did this in October. At the time I de-scaled, I opened the steam valve and blew through the wand to check for obstructions. There was absolutely no resistance. This is a backflow, o...
by BillK
Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water Damage to Kitchen
Replies: 4
Views: 1052

Water Damage to Kitchen

I am just finishing up on a bad experience. While in AZ we got a call from the caretaker of our place in MN, who told us that we had a leak that caused water to ruin the hardwood floor in our kitchen. From AZ, I coordinated a lot of work, including tearout, asbestos mitigation on old vinyl, new floo...
by BillK
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Why Chris's Coffee is #1 in my book
Replies: 5
Views: 1322

Re: Why Chris's Coffee is #1 in my book

Similar experiences here, always attentive and helpful. I wonder how many Chris' Coffee customers there are in MN? FYI zoey, I just installed the progressive preinfusion in my S1 and converted my Macap M4 to stepless.... nice to have some upgrades finally after nearly 3 years of ownership. I am in ...
by BillK
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power
Replies: 10
Views: 1942

V1 vs V2 Rocket (Steaming) Power

I am one of the lucky few who owns two S1's. I just returned from V1 land to V2 land, after two months. Since the V2 is new I had not had any extensive period of time to compare the two. Now I do. The difference in steaming power between the two machines is simply amazing. Even if I do the V1 Niko t...
by BillK
Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: V1 vs. V2 Pump
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: V1 vs. V2 Pump

Thanks, John. I'll try that.
by BillK
Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: V1 vs. V2 Pump
Replies: 2
Views: 726

V1 vs. V2 Pump

The pump on my V2 makes more noise the the pump on my V1. It is not loud, but it is noticeably louder. I don't have any sense that there is a sheet metal buzz or anything like that. But it is noticeably louder. As a reference, the pump on my V1 is almost silent. I don't recall reading that there was...
by BillK
Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: V2 Controller Board Upgrade Q&A
Topic: Flash firmware in VI
Replies: 21
Views: 8169

Re: Flash firmware in VI

Sorry. I deserved that one. Sometimes I forget what discussion group I'm associating with, hence my etiquette is occasionally inappropriate. It was my sad attempt at bringing some light-hearted and childish humor to the forum. Please do not allow my stupidity to unfairly cast a blanket of depiction...
by BillK
Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Diffusion Block
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Re: Diffusion Block

Back to the original post, I wouldn't exchange that thicker disc. Just order a thinner one and grow your collection like I do - after all, what kind of Vivaldi collector are you?? :lol: Niko, please. I am trying to simplify. That is why I bought yet another espresso machine. :-) Actually, this is a...
by BillK
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Diffusion Block
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Re: Diffusion Block

I called Chriscoffee. I did not get a statement of whether or not the thicker diffuser is now standard. I told them about the difference in diffusers between my old machine and the new machine, and they are going to exchange the new, thicker disk for the thinner version. I am liking the new machine ...
by BillK
Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Diffusion Block
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Re: Diffusion Block

Yes, both from Chriscoffee. The first one, with the thin diffuser, is going on three years ago. The most recent one, with the thicker diffuser, is brand new as of last week. The machine was manufactured at the end of 2007.
by BillK
Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Diffusion Block
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Diffusion Block

I received my new machine today. I now have a I and and II. Everything is fine so far with the new machine. I am not getting espresso that is as good as with my old machine, but this is just a matter of getting all the variables dialed-in. I set the pre-infusion to 3 seconds, and have just left it t...
by BillK
Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

Thanks, Niko!
by BillK
Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

Niko, now that I will have the new model, I know I am going to notice that my original machine undergoes relatively large steam pressure variations due to the way the boiler heater cycles, and this small annoyance will become more noticable. Was it you who mentioned a year or so ago that there is a ...
by BillK
Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

Niko wrote:...Ummm
There's 3 Vivaldi's in my family :roll:
What?

There are only two machines listed at the bottom of your note.
by BillK
Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

You should step up to the VII. It's a small step but every little step counts and makes a HUGE difference. You'll notice the temp settings are much easier to perform on the fly adjustments. Another big factor for me was the steaming, it didn't seem like much in the beginning but after steaming with...
by BillK
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

What is the feature upgrade that I can add to my S1?
by BillK
Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

chas wrote:I need to get formal clarification from Chris on this, but I think the solution for the Mini will also work on the S1. It may not be as slick as the option for the V2 but at least it will get S1 users part of the way to nirvana.
Chas, what problem are you referring to?
by BillK
Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

Niko wrote:No, you didn't imply anything negative at all about the S1 - otherwise you wouldn't be considering a VII for a second machine, right? :wink:
Or a nice, used S1 (hint, hint)...

Actually, I should just step up to the SII and get it over with.
by BillK
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

James Hoffman, #1 Barista in the whole wide world, has an S1 at home. He also has a GS3 that was given to him, I've exchanged posts with him on a few occasions - he likes the S1 enough to ask me where I got my Scace Device, he PM'd me about it. I've contacted Greg Scace about the newer Scace II Dev...
by BillK
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Yet Another New DB Coming!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4229

Re: Yet Another New DB Coming!!

Maybe a 58mm design has the potential for making better coffee. What do you think? A while back, I talked to a person who posts on the message boards. He has both a LM Linea and an S1. He likes the shots from his Linea a little better. I don't think he would assert that it is due to the portafilter ...
by BillK
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Help me diagnose my problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2453

I got some decaf espresso last week from paradise roasters. This is the first decaf I have ever put through my S1. Surprisingly, I am able to use the exact same grinder setting (Super Jolly) with it as I am using for the paradise classico espresso. The pours look very nice. I have not tasted a shot;...
by BillK
Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Lack of Steam Flow
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

Problem solved, more or less... I took the safety valve out to determine what the water level was, and it was about 2/3 full, which I took to be normal and plenty adequate for good steam generation. This meant that it absolutely had to be some sort of obstruction in the steam path. I pulled the stea...
by BillK
Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Lack of Steam Flow
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

How is the flow out of the hot water tap? With mine if I put a 4c measuring cup under the hot water and turn it on I get excellent flow with lots of noise and steam until it gets between 2 and 2 1/2 cups then it slows way down. The flow of water out of the tap is normal. I use this a great deal and...
by BillK
Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:09 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Lack of Steam Flow
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

Mine has the liquid in those tubes also, Bill. If you have too much water in the steam boiler, you'd get a bunch of water shooting out (more than the normal 1/4 oz. or so) - but rather a whole LOT of water, something like several ounces. Are you getting this symptom? EDIT: I meant shooting out when...
by BillK
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Lack of Steam Flow
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

Just an idea, maybe the steam boiler isn't refilling enough water? This might explain the sudden burst of good steam power before dropping off... :dontknow: I have been starting to think that maybe it is just the opposite - too much water in the boiler. When I have the steam valve opened, I see liq...
by BillK
Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Lack of Steam Flow
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

Lack of Steam Flow

I have a question: My S1 steam flow is no good. All I get is a low amount of steam flow, not enough to even begin to swirl the milk. My pressure gauge reads normal and behaves normally, ie. reads normal high pressure, goes down as steam or water flows, increases as boiler heater re-builds pressure. ...
by BillK
Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: americano
Replies: 17
Views: 6334

I let the double shot run until I have 8 ounces rather than 2 ounces of liquid.

No, wait.

Actually, I combine a standard double shot with water from the hot water dispenser such that the total volume is 8 oz.
by BillK
Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: Paradise Roasters Espresso Nuevo
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

I don't roast the Nuevo, but I do roast Paradise Classico and Reserve. I roast in a Hottop, and end my roasts as soon as I just begin to hear the first pops of second crack - about 435 deg bean mass temperature on my thermocouple. All of the Paradise espresso blends of which I am aware, with the exc...
by BillK
Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 20
Views: 3704

I think that rules out inaccuracies on the order of 1.5gr in 14gr. Yup. I should add that I actually dose by volume (clack clack clack of the grindings into the portafilter as the grinder produces them, do this until grindings are mounded, scrape level with finger w/o any shaking, rapping, etc., th...
by BillK
Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 20
Views: 3704

Something funny is going on here. I've lately gone the down-dosing route, and I want to try updosing into a triple basket. But my stock baskets (one direct from Bologna and one replacement from Chris) can't take any more than 15 grams without tending to choke. At that dose the puck compresses acros...
by BillK
Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: triple baskets
Replies: 20
Views: 3704

I wish Lino would make a 13-14 gm basket. I really down-dosing and it would be easier and more accurate if I had a more shallow basket.
by BillK
Thu May 24, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: CUPS
Replies: 46
Views: 11222

I always liked the look and feel of the cups used by Black Sheep Coffee in St. Paul, MN. The owner is exceedingly astute in terms of asthetics, practicality and cost. Not a bad barista, either: I just found out that he place sixth in the national barista championships. Nice going, Peter!!! At any ra...
by BillK
Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Implications of Schulman's latest on LaSpaz shots?
Replies: 13
Views: 6783

I get about 16 grams of coffee in a normal shot. Actually, I dose by volume, so it can vary a bit, but 16 grams would be a good average. I dispense about 18 grams or so from a Mazzer Mini into a double basket. I stir with a straightened paper clip to fill voids and distribute uniformly. I then level...
by BillK
Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: smaller double basket
Replies: 11
Views: 3139

First, let's examine how we are using the term "under dosing." If it's a matter of being "under" our initial mindset, then the term works. Otherwise, dosing less than what we are used to might simply be "correct" dosing-----even if we've always assumed that more has got to be better. We had a threa...
by BillK
Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: smaller double basket
Replies: 11
Views: 3139

Yo Lino

Unless I miss my guess, the person who posted the question is a roaster at Terroir Coffees and a specialty coffee competition judge, a very serious and expert coffee person. I don't know him, but I did have a brief conversation with him last summer in Boston, and when I told him I had an S1 he was v...
by BillK
Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: HotTop or Gene Cafe?
Replies: 455
Views: 123758

I have a Hottop, and have made two modifications that are exceedingly useful. First, I separated the power input to the heating element and the rest of the machine, so that I could use a Variac to control the heating element voltage. Second, I installed a manual override switch on the heating elemen...
by BillK
Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:03 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Pump Noise Gets Louder Over Time?
Replies: 6
Views: 2282

I took a closer look at my machine. One of the side panels, in the back, was touching the back panel of the stove. I moved the machine a fraction of an inch and the slightly louder pump noise went away. The machine is now as quiet as new.
by BillK
Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Pump Noise Gets Louder Over Time?
Replies: 6
Views: 2282

Mine seems to be a bit noisier, also. I assume you are not talking about a buzzing or vibrating sound, which can be the result of a loose panel or something sitting on the machine, but rather an actual, slight increase in the noise. The noise I am getting is nothing you would say is abnormal, such a...
by BillK
Thu Jun 22, 2006 7:38 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

I just ordered a new, 4-hole tip from Chris - didn't know one was offered until I read it here. I had an Oscar prior to the S1 and it had a 4-hole tip. Getting good microfoam texture was easier on the Oscar in spite of the fact that it had less steam power than the S1.
by BillK
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:38 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

Continued: The milk is now expanded by 1/2", and the wand is buried in the middle of the milk, and the milk is churning in all different directions. Next, I move the pitcher to the right, so that the wand has moved to the left of center. As I am doing this, I push the wand up with the back of the li...
by BillK
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

Sorry, it didn't start out to be a tutorial. Rather, I just wanted to make a few comments to help out Hoo Haw, who is struggling a little. Given that it has become somewhat of a tutorial, I thought I would go over to my machine and do it and observe closely what I am doing, as it has become pretty a...
by BillK
Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

Oh, I forgot to mention that you are not going to get the milk stretched if you have the wand buried an inch into the milk. You have to lower the pitcher from that point until you hear a ripping sound. This is the sound of air getting shot into the milk. You are probably going to get some large bubb...
by BillK
Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

You should not stretch your milk to 120 deg. You should stop stretching it at about 100 deg. I have not seen anybody use a ceramic pitcher. All the frothing pitchers I have ever seen are stainless. There is at least one good reason for this, which is that if you hold your hand against the side of th...
by BillK
Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:47 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Muscovite emerges from lurking--and has accessory questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 2106

Yo Comrade Weska, I have a 53 mm convex tamper, which is about 0.8 mm undersized based on the actual basket size at the ridge. Don't ask me why, but it works great. I do a fairly light, four corners tamp, then a straight push, then polish. I think it works better than when I had a machine that used ...
by BillK
Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:58 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Adjusting temp - problem
Replies: 7
Views: 3588

Good, you are on the right track. Be sure that once you have set the fine temperature you properly finish the sequence by momentarily pressing the two cup button, which causes the two amber lights, along with any of the fine temp adjustment blinking lights, to go dark. This causes your machine to ex...
by BillK
Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Adjusting temp - problem
Replies: 7
Views: 3588

Why did you say you are following the step-by-step procedure for making a fine temp adjustment, then describe to us the procedure for doing a coarse temp adjustment? Did you intend to do that? What you are doing, I think, is hozing up your volumetric dosing adjustments for both the single and double...
by BillK
Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: What defines a good blend/roast?
Replies: 12
Views: 4172

Just visited Koplin's Coffee today. Amazing setup (dual group Synesso Syncra) and Paradise coffee. Andrew sold me 1/2lb of Miguels espresso, so I'll be trying that this weekend. Thanks for the tips, I logged onto the CoffeeGeek US Central forum and say Miguel's postings. Jeff I am enthused about Ko...
by BillK
Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:55 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: What defines a good blend/roast?
Replies: 12
Views: 4172

Guess I'll start having to learn more about origins, roasting levels, etc... to know how to pick what I like. Until then, I'll be mail ordering from the recommended roasters. I didn't know you live in St. Paul. There are two new coffee shops there, per a note I received from Miguel Meza at Paradise...
by BillK
Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:18 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: What defines a good blend/roast?
Replies: 12
Views: 4172

Click here for some of my favorite roasters. Bob I see you have tried Paradise, Bob. I buy green from Miguel; you can throw a dart and get great beans from him as he is so incredibly tuned into quality. I would recommend him as well as Intelligentsia to you without hesitation, Truthbrew. If you hav...
by BillK
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: Chas Favorite Blend
Replies: 4
Views: 2560

I hate to disappoint you but that was me. I forgot to log in and it let me post a message anyway. That's a first.
by BillK
Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Buying S1 tomorrow...but have questions
Replies: 10
Views: 3236

I guess I better get my order in while Chris has them! Time to make the jump! Al, since you are in SoCal, are you doing anything for water filtering and softening? I've always used bottled water so I now need to figure out what to put inline with the S1. Anyone else know the general suitability of ...
by BillK
Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler De-Scaling
Replies: 14
Views: 6374

Barry, it actually did work. For whatever reason, the initial hardness reading I took immediately after re-charging the softener and then flushing the boilers indicated hard water. However, after about a day and a half of use I took another reading and the hardness is out of the water. There was som...
by BillK
Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler De-Scaling
Replies: 14
Views: 6374

I ran the water at a little more than a trickle for about 3 hours. About half the salt was disolved at that point. I think I paid about $3.00 for 50 pounds of salt. I have 49.7 pounds left. I did the re-charge about 4 months ago. I checked the water last week and it still was showing no signs of ha...
by BillK
Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler De-Scaling
Replies: 14
Views: 6374

Bill, why did you opt for vinegar rather than a mixture of citric acid? Regards and thanks, Barry p.s. here is the article on re-charging the softner http://www.chriscoffee.com/faq I main reason I used vinegar is because I could not find citric acid at a store near me. I spent more time looking for...
by BillK
Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler De-Scaling
Replies: 14
Views: 6374

Steam Boiler De-Scaling

My water softner stopped softening, and I didn't realize it. I found out what had happened when the steam boiler got noisy. I wound up de-scaling the steam boiler, which eliminated the noise. Here are some details: I normally check the water quality at the beginning of each month. I forgot to do it ...
by BillK
Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Shots 2,3,4... better than number 1
Replies: 16
Views: 8532

"Long story short: are we maybe looking to a mechanical variance as opposed to a much more subtle issue?"

My wife thinks it's based on one's toothpaste brand. :-)
by BillK
Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Shots 2,3,4... better than number 1
Replies: 16
Views: 8532

You know, my philosophy is that if it works, do it and be happy. Acupuncture is over 3000 years old, and I'm not sure anybody still understands why it works, but it does and that's good enough for me. There are some things, though, that we should be able to figure out. Why it works to backflush the ...
by BillK
Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

Here is an update on the adapter and 2-hole steam tip. I got the adapter from Chris and the steam tip from Espressoparts. The appearance of the steam tip and adapter is similiar to what Chas has shown in the photo - no visual problems. The steam tip, as delivered, is pretty useless in comparison to ...
by BillK
Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:38 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How to determine fine temp?
Replies: 8
Views: 2867

Re: How to determine fine temp?

okaychatt wrote:Hi. I'm LOVING my new S1.

Is there any way to tell, besides just remembering, whether you're in coarse temp or fine temp?
I don't understand the question...
by BillK
Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Villiage Idiot of Espresso needs S1 assistance!
Replies: 40
Views: 10858

HooHaw wrote:Biil, with 18g of grind is the coffee surface just below the basket ridge?
With my equipment, the surface looks to be just at the top of the ridge. The puck gets disturbed by the dispersion head mounting screw; I ignore this, and it doesn't seem to make much diffference.
by BillK
Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Villiage Idiot of Espresso needs S1 assistance!
Replies: 40
Views: 10858

Hi Susan, A double shot is, nominally, 2 oz. of brew made with 14 grams of ground coffee, done in 25 seconds. The S1 double basket holds about 17-18 grams, so most people would consider an S1 nominal double shot to be 2 oz. using 17-18 grams, in 25 seconds. Sounds as though you are off by a factor o...
by BillK
Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:28 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Villiage Idiot of Espresso needs S1 assistance!
Replies: 40
Views: 10858

My dominant miss has always been of the kind where I would show up in class at the normal time and wonder where the heck everybody else was, suddenly remembering that this was the day of the field trip. I think this is all controlled by the same gene, so believe me, I know the problem. Normally a to...
by BillK
Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Villiage Idiot of Espresso needs S1 assistance!
Replies: 40
Views: 10858

(It irks to have spent $12 for a pound of crummy coffee -- Ahem... Susan, I told you that you would be wasting your money with commercially-ground beans. People who won't listen shouldn't be irked, right? :-) Your problem is not water pressure, either. Your problem is grind. You have to understand ...
by BillK
Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Milk Steaming
Replies: 69
Views: 29253

Re: Milk Steaming

Wolfgang, good find! I just ordered one of each. (Shipping is simply brutal on small parts like this.) I have no real problem with the standard, three-hole tip. My one minor quibble is that, with either skim or 2% "normal" milk, the microfoam texture doesn't seem to be quite as fine as I was able to...
by BillK
Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:37 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Villiage Idiot of Espresso needs S1 assistance!
Replies: 40
Views: 10858

I've got a really busy schedule the next few days/evenings, so I may not be able to do much playing with the S1 until Wednesday, but by then I at least will have acquired some commercially ground coffee, so that will take one variable out of the equation. Thanks again! Susan Wow, from a dead start ...
by BillK
Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Would you do it again?
Replies: 25
Views: 7434

Adding the S1 to the kitchen is redecoration. :lol: Well then, consider my kitchen redecorated: the S1 is scheduled to arrive on Jan. 3. Somehow Santa got the hint - couldn't have been the links to this forum and Chris Coffee on my tool bar, could it? Or the myriad HB guides to the Brewtus II and S...
by BillK
Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Burning Smell - Problem and Solution posted
Replies: 12
Views: 6427

I have similar guage wires with crimp connections that go from a jumper block to the high current side of relays in my house heater. These are for 25kW coils that kick in when it gets too cold for the heat pump. I see this same issue there. I have about a dozen wires or so in this area and I seem t...
by BillK
Tue Dec 20, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: DIY PF pressure gauge
Replies: 20
Views: 9432

I've put together a PF pressure gauge but do I use the measurement with a PF basket in or without? If I place a double basket in the PF the measurement the pressure gauge gives me a steady reading (+/- 1/5 BAR). BUT if I don't include the basket the pressure ramps up to ~9 BAR and, after a second o...
by BillK
Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How much water does a coffee puck absorb?
Replies: 5
Views: 2935

Hmmm... I guess I'll try Dan Kehn's suggestion of setting 3oz and ending the pull when the shot blondes. Thanks. If I understand what you are attempting to do, you are making it too hard, Hoohaw. All you have to do is follow the instruction manual for setting-up your auto dosing, per Wolfgang's sug...
by BillK
Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:03 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 5587

I don
by BillK
Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 5587

Hi Chas, Water pressure: I did not know about the official alt.coffee method for measuring water pressure. I'll bet there isn't much difference between the method they are discussing and doing the easier measurement of the static head. My setup is a little different. We have two places, and I move t...
by BillK
Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:25 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 5587

Hi Wolfgang,

I don
by BillK
Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 5587

My flush-up procedure for real, actual shots is a bit different from your test procedure, based on what I learned when I did my temperature measurements. I have found that to get to the most repeatable shot-to-shot temperature after a long idle I want to flush-up twice. (I don't think that what I ha...
by BillK
Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 5587

Wolfgang, what can I say? Wow!! This is an outstanding study. I am SO impressed with your work!! You should take great pride in this temperature study, Wolfgang, and you should go public with it beyond the S1 Forum. Beyond the value of demonstrating a first-rate method, it creates for the S1 a level...
by BillK
Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Would you do it again?
Replies: 25
Views: 7434

"Wise guy. No, our budget won't allow it, but that's never stopped a self - respecting CG, has it?"

I couldn
by BillK
Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:22 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 5587

Hi Wolfgang, 1. Do I have this correct? You are saying that an empty, flow-restricted portafilter will see a lower temperature reading than one with a puck in it that is restricted to the same flow because the initial rush of water in the empty basket case will cool the brew boiler. I do not see thi...
by BillK
Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:52 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Would you do it again?
Replies: 25
Views: 7434

Boy, would I ever do it again. And it does not take any tweaking at all. It is a anti-tweak machine compared to the hx machine I had. Hey, I thought your budget wouldn't allow an S1. As you know from what I posted on the Coffegeek board, I have had my machine since August of this year. I opened it u...

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