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  1. They are one and the same but it's a torturous path to follow. It can also be down to a brand used by a countries agent for Breville but don't think that is the case now and may never have been. The aldi machine is a machine sold under the Gastrobak name or how ever it is spelled. It contains a BE soleniod block. It may use a thermoblock or thermo what ever. Some one would have to look. Very very poor review as it clearly has a 3 way action and is a Sage machine or Breville take your pick. Actually I think there was a world wide BE once that looked the same.
  2. I just posted how to check permanently on triacs here. That can result in things getting too hot even the group head.
  3. I got fed up with answering Sage problems. There must be a leak somewhere if brew water is just going to the drip tray. Solenoid acting up might cause it but water would go out of the 3 way pipe. It may also stop flow all together. New solenoids are even on Amazon. Buzzing can mean it just needs cleaning. I assume it's powered via a triac - something to check with a multimeter. As with the other triac drives I think those connect parts to neutral so one terminal is always live when the machine is connected to the mains. They may connect to live but don't think so. So when checking do it p
  4. Whoops can't remember if the base fixing screws are covered with rubber feet or etc but just pop those out if you can't see the screws. I sold mine a while ago.
  5. It's a while since I had mine apart. The videos on youtube relate to replacing an impeller that swept the grinds out that has been updated so it's doesn't wear any more. However the basic casing and how it's all help together hasn't changed. If you look at the base the fixing screws can be removed and just the base taken off - easy. You will be able to see any water. Hair drier etc if damp. If you want to dismantle further the videos will help but may show different adjustment and step counting methods being used. Once the base is off a longish screw driver is needed to go any further but
  6. If the electrics are wet more or less zero and probably trip out your house electrics if those are reasonably up to date. Chances of shocks from metal parts, grinds choking up due to water. Those are a few things that spring to mind as water has probably got well inside the grinder. Only way to find out is open it all up and look. I don't think there is anything likely to rust.
  7. The burrs are stainless so no problem there I washed them a few times There are videos on stripping them down on youtube. Take note of how the setting numbers work. Set it at the lowest and position the big worm wheel the same when it goes back together. The engineers calibrate them by turning the same wheel by hand until the burrs touch and then backing off a tiny amount. As you can't power up to set to min you may need to do this after you have put it back together again. Watch you haven't put it back together in a way that the burrs actually rub at min setting. They should run de
  8. I just turn mine on and use it when it says ready. I've found other methods don't offer any advantage. Set early via the built in clock - too early and it will switch itself off. How to choose in this area - as always taste. If leaving it for 1/2hr improves it do it funny feeling it will turn itself off. Preheating the portafilter adds to the usual ~3min heat up time. Maybe another 5 if it's left in. I don't as found no taste difference unlike steps needed to preheat the internals of a BE. I have mostly used a bottomless though. The OP's problem. Beans or grinder but it might a
  9. Like all machines they need opening up and inspecting periodically really and water leaks need to be found. It's all a mixed bag as it's pretty clear that some DB's last for a long time. How many do they sell and how many fail before people might expect them not to need attention. I don't know and doubt if anyone else does. We do here from people who have had a problem. I'm inclined to look at it on a cost per shot basis and that bits fail on all so there comes a point where I would be happy to replace with a new one. The warrantee should cover early failures of any type. Then comes
  10. This has already been covered - a thread about an end game machine. LOL in some ways it is.
  11. It's probably a standard part that fits Ulka pumps directly. Pass one where to find it but if one looks the same it's is very likely to be the same. It's possible to fit a metal one. Look on home barista but on the Breville dual boiler. It should be possible to use the same idea. When looking for info on Sage machines it is usually a good idea to search Breville which ever one it is. Sage buyers tend to be a bit lame when it comes to machine parts changes etc. Not so all Breville buyers.
  12. The BE solenoids are on Ebay. The seller. German, was listing them with either brass or stainless bases which are what Sage use. The stainless ones cost a little more. Highly likely that the solenoids just need opening up and cleaning anyway. Scale sludge messes them up. It's rather easy to do. Coils are on amazon. Those I suppose may age.
  13. You should be able to get a 1 to 2 ratio out of the Sage grinder but trying to get it in exactly 30sec may prove tricky. Over 30secs should be feasible. What it does to taste - find out rather than assuming 1 to 2 in 30sec or what ever is always correct as it isn't. Adjusting the dose can help. One problem is weight really. Different beans occupy different volumes in the portafilter at the same weight. It's possible to find that some beans will over fill the portafilter and others wont. One thing a number of people found is that if the weight of grinds is slowly increased the puck eventua
  14. The buttons assuming they function as they do on a BE produce as much as they are programmed to do. There is no saying what they will produce as supplied. In my case the default setting of the double button produced 30g out for 10g in taking around 37sec. This suited the bean. The time varied a bit as would be expected but the 30g was held pretty closely. I left the double as it was and programmed the single button for other beans but not so successfully. Using the buttons this way and getting consistent shot weights can be tricky as a lot depends on the grinds preparation being very con
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