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    • I will buy digital caliper and measure again.
    • Hi everyone, I have a new linea mini coffee machine and would love to get your suggestions on temperature pre brewing, any other settings and tips/how to’s.   I went from a sage dual boiler to this and the steam wand frightens me every time. I have two questions that I’d love your advice on: 1. My Coffees are really hot and I noticed that the temperate was set to 97 degrees. My sage was set to 93.  What is the optimal temperature? 2. Somehow I manage to add too much air into my milk every time, it literally overflow and comes out of the pitcher.    Any other tips also appreciated.
    • Also kiddie trailers like a Burly or regular ones typically need an old fashioned quick release or threaded axle with external nut you use a spanner on. Modern “bolt through” larger diameter axles like on more expensive mtb or road bikes would not normally be compatible. The Vado has bolt through axles unfortunately. Unless you get it modified in the UK the e-bike power assist cuts out at 15.5 mph if I understand it correctly, so to get say 20 mph you would need to do that unassisted. In the US where the first video is the power regulation on e-bikes are much more relaxed.
    • @filthynines - Blue_Cafe pretty much nailed it in regards to usability and getting a tag along etc. I would prefer a steel fork for strength and dampening if carrying heavy loads or getting some bike rack knocking about. Those Specialized stays are Super narrow aluminium tubes, you can use steel p-clips to attach racks to beefier ones (still fret and can wear through with the flexing) or possibly use a seaport clamp or collar with attachment points (not as strong and needs round tubes). I wouldn’t get one of those bikes unless I was just carrying a change of clothes, lock and lunch into the office. I think you need to decide if you want a nippy traditional diamond framed e-bike with the focus on commuting or fun. Then the Specialized would be fine, as would other options like the Kona Dew-e. Or if you want a kiddie and luggage hauling utility e-bike for effectively a car replacement. They are either massive or a bit spendy for more compact. Some are step through, or more one size fits all.  Just to circle back, do you 100% need an e-bike as there are loads more non motorised bikes to use across all classes?  
    • Wanted to share the status of sanding the seal face of the boilers. I followed the method @Norvin mentioned above and it looks good for assembly now.
    • It's what I'm trying although I pulled 2 shots back to back how I have been 17g in 42-45g out in 28-32sec and they both had a sour note to them n I can't think of anything I did different.   I must admit sometimes my fist shot can run really long I pulled a shot that ran to 51sec. I then prepared another and it fell in my desired 28-32seconds, is there a reason thus seems to happen I do flush water through the group before and after every shot. So I can't think why the 1st shot sometimes runs long  But I was also hoping to try out some of the same parameters as other members and to hear what works for them 
    • Hi, finally what did you get ?   Last shot, 18gr/34s at 9bar, was not possible without the mod. There is some bubbles because it’s an only 3days old home roasted coffee  
    • Hello all, Fairly new to coffee but finding the forum really useful so thought I would say hello. Once I got bored of baking sourdough during lockdown I decided I needed a new hobby. I bought an old 2001 Gaggia classic off someone on facebook marketplace. It seems to be in great condition, no rust, and no evidence of any leaks when looking inside, however I don't know much about how it's been maintained. I also bought a 1zpresso jx pro direct from their website, which was delivery quickly (I have had to pay import tax however have managed to get out of the FedEx fee). It's my first grinder but from what I can tell its doing a great job. I have a bottomless portafilter and have fitted an upgraded steam wand. People have complained about the steaming power of the gaggia, however to me It seems powerful enough, maybe because the older machines have a higher power? I am waiting for some yagua scales to be delivered, currently using a basic kitchen scales to weight the dose, it is only sensitive to the nearest gram and also too big to actually fit under the portafilter to measure output so not ideal.  I like different drinks, I love good espresso but also drink milk based.  I have been playing around with temperature surfing, I am getting better results when I wait for the heating light to turn off, then switch on the steam switch for around 5 seconds. Still struggling with consistency, but things seem to be improving.  Currently using Cuban serrano altura superior beans from coffee compass which are very nice.  Next steps: I don't know what the OPV is set at, annoyingly I don't have a portafilter with a removable nozzle (the gaggia one just has two small holes in the bottom) so I can't buy a pressure gauge to attach to the portafilter. I might get a portafilter with pressure gauge already attached so I can check to OPV.  Thinking about getting Mr Shades PID but not sure at the moment.  May get bored of manual grinding at some point, but it's working well for me at the moment.   Thanks for reading, any tips or recommendations much appreciated. Tom 
    • Ignore it. In general ignore anything that describes standards or deals in volumetric outputs. These are very losely accepted handrails for beginners to get somewhat in the approximate range of a good shot. Your target should be to adjust to taste, which it sounds like you're doing.
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