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  1. Bloody hell! Give it a good clean and soak it in pully caf or cafizza. Make sure other parts in the coffee path are also nice and clean!
  2. A VST 18g will fit a standard spouted e61 portafilter no problems.
  3. The problem with standard baskets is that they are not standard as such. They can all vary slightly in the number of holes, etc. If you want to do it right, invest into a VST 18g and add 18g into it. That’s the only consistent way. If you want to stick to the OEM basket, then see what’s best for you. You can always put a 10p coin on top of the puck, lock the PF in. If there’s no indentation, dose more. You want to have a very gentle mark on the puck. That’s the headspace you need. Good luck and congrats on the machine! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. On this forum actually.... Post number 4: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/topic/7545-vst-and-la-marzocco/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Can’t remember exactly where, but recall someone saying that LM strada and VST baskets are “one and the same”. Let me google. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I don’t own a DTP, but that seems far from normal or ideal. The Showerscreen seems completely dry apart from where the water is coming from. No spreading/showering what so ever! Check videos online. It’s just not like it.
  7. Short version: Yes. Long version: Welcome to the forum. I’m assuming you just want us to tell you how to fix the machine. But before we do, would be good to know which machine that is. [emoji6] I’d this machine is refurbished and you bought on eBay, does it have a return policy? You say it’s been like that from day one. I’d contact the seller and ask for a refund. The water comes through a shower screen. It might be that the shower screen is clogged up, or the dispersion screen behind it is clogged up, maybe with limescale, maybe something was not fitted properly. Who knows. You can then let us know which grinder you have. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I’ve never been successful with 19g or 17g with a VST 18g on an e61 machine. What worked for me was between 18g and 18.5g.
  9. Clue is in the name: 18g. Go up or down by .5g, but the idea is that you dose 18g. Re: too much coffee.... it’s up to you. At the end of the day, the idea these days is that you measure a ratio. Most of us start with a 1:2 ratio, so, for every 1g in, you output 2 grams. So, for 18g in, you’d expect 36g out. If you’d rather have a stronger, richer drink, you can try a 1:1.5 ratio. So, think about how much drink you want in the cup and then pick your basket. But it’s not as simple as that because, if the coffee puck is thinner (like in the 15g basket) there’s more to go wrong at high pressure.
  10. The 18g is the one to go for IMO. The 15g can be finicky. If you want to split.... go for the biggest you can have, bear in mind you’ll require a bottomless PF. Edit: for 20g or 22g, depending of the shape of your portafilter, it may not fit, requiring you to to use a bottomless PF which will not allow you to split it - or you find a suitable spouted PF which accommodates larger baskets. Also, bear in mind, if you are fussy about getting it “right” you’ll need to adjust the grinder slightly - as they are not interchangeable as such.
  11. Same here. My Bialetti Venus is very hard to seal, and the cylindrical shape, as opposed to an hexagonal shape, does not help!
  12. I’m not familiar if there’s an adverse effect on your roaster because the frequency is different. With regards to the voltage, Peru is 220V, whereas the UK is 240V (they nominally changed to 230V without changing a single thing, they just adjusted the nominal voltage and tolerances on paper... all related to the EU voltage harmonisation rules). Where I live, the voltage ranges from 232V to 241V, depending on the time of the day. But in some places, the voltage can easily go to 250V and be at 240V most of the time. In practical terms, if the heating element of your roaster is rated to 220V, then the effect is that it will have a shorter life span here in the UK because it will much hotter than what it was designed for. You can get a triac/variac to correct this. They can be expensive or cheap, depending what you get. Just google “AC voltage regulator” and you’ll see a few things resembling a potentiometer. You’ll need to wire that in. I hope someone can give you some advice with regards to the voltage frequency. Good luck, and welcome to the forum.
  13. Is there a reason why negotiations on the FS thread need to be kept in the open? On other forums, I’ve seen the complete opposite: sellers list their items (so keep whichever silly rules anyone might dream of, it will never work as intended, IMO) and then it’s up to the seller/advertiser to deal with any prospective buyers. Currently, it’s completely up to the honesty of the seller to keep any disclosures over PM in the open, as any buyer can and most of the time will contact the seller over PM. And then, even though the seller tries to do everything over board, but mistakenly or by the flow of negotiations does a deal on PM, the seller might be punished if decides to come clean on his/her FS thread, but nothing likely will happen if there’s no disclosure and it just fades out. People want to buy and sell? Let them. Silly rules just make the whole thing worse as we’ve been discussing here. (Posts for the sake of it, for example). It’s like trying to tell an adolescent they can’t do certain things. It’s ultimately up to them, because ultimately if they want, they will find a way.
  14. We have a kenwood food processor (not to be confused with a food mixer) as per above.
  15. To help prospective buyers, it would be helpful if you show a picture of the base without the drip tray in place to show any rust, if any. Good luck with the sale.
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