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ChiangMaiKevin

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  1. You would want the water intake pipe at the bottom of the water tank and the OPV return does not need to be submerged but it might spit water everywhere as the OPV is releasing water under pressure better to have it submerged or pointed down into the water tank...
  2. Can you post the sellers ad for this?... “Great machine... Well maintained...”...
  3. With the automatic machine you are limited in the type of beans you can put in... No dark or flavored beans... I like the simplicity but I have a taste for dark bean coffee so not an opinion for me... For those of you who have a Brera how easy is it cleaning it?... Any particular part that is a problem or fails?
  4. Yike!... It sounds as if one should not put water into the Classic... What are the alternatives?... Wouldn’t a regular descaling allow you to us water again?...
  5. They all seemed to look like a Borg appendage to me... I settled on a Auber 1/32 and have it double backed taped on the left side of the water lid... Easily liftable to add water... I bought their kit but Auber sells these enclosures alone in 1/32 & 1/16 and ships worldwide...
  6. While your waiting for the parts to arrive go on YouTube and do a search for “PID”... Down the rabbit hole... ;-)...
  7. Bump it up another 2 degrees and taste that...
  8. When you say you are brewing at 96c is that what you have set the PID to or is that the measured temperature you get from the brew head?...
  9. I would put some thermal heatsink paste (the type used to adhere CPUs in computers) between the box and boiler https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermal-Heatsink-Compound-Cooling-Performance/dp/B079ZXN5XK/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1547950322&sr=8-3-spons&keywords=thermal+paste&psc=1
  10. Would love to have the La Pavoni but given the skill and attention it takes to pull a good shot and my inability to function in the morning until I’ve had my coffee makes it a dealbreaker...
  11. Gk36.. I would add some Velcro to the bottom of the PID to adhere it to the water lid... Then when you flip the PID up the lid lifts up too ;-)
  12. If aluminum is so dangerous why is it considered safe to wear as a hat?...
  13. So these effects are a net wash!... We are good to go...
  14. It’s a matter of taste... My routine is to listen to the pump... when the pump changes pitch (after 2-3 seconds) I know the pressure has reached 9 bars... that’s when I start my 25 second count... I personally like like a longer pull as the coffee has a sharper taste which my pallet prefers ;-)...
  15. Actually you do have two hoses - Look closer at the grey hose.... The second one is gray and goes from the OPV down to just poke thru the bottom plate to the water tank... It is a water return so it does not need to be submerged in into the water tank to work... But it might be preferable that the hose does reach into the water to prevent the returning water under pressure from spitting and making splashes in the tank and causing rust. From your photo the roof where the tank sits seems to have corroded some next the the grey hose?... This could be caused by the second hose not reaching into the water and spitting water onto the metal roof above the water tank?
  16. Here is a link on how the metal pins should fit back in... if the plastic frame did not crack or break, you have all 4 contact pins, the springs are still firm, the lights are working and you can remove the grunge and kooties from the metal contacts inside it can go back together... Give it a try before shelling out 65 euros... Take the four pins and springs ang spray them with WD40 and let them sit overnight them use a old toothbrush to remove as much rust as possible... maybe a second night of WD40 after brushing... use an emeryboard/sand paper to make the electric contact points shiny... I found it best to get the stainless pin that holds everything together started at one end of the housing and then add one switch at a time sliding the stainless pin in to hold them in as you go an as the post below says add grease which helps the springs & small pins stay in while you get it back together... http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/641078
  17. I am interested in gettin a PID... But I really don’t like the look of the box glued to the side like a Borg appendage... Can a few people post pic of their less obtrusive installations?... Thanks in Advance...
  18. My new Gaggia Classic (6months) is having a problem where no water is coming to thru the brew head... I flip the switch and the pump works and hot water will flow thru the steam wand... My first action was to take out the boiler and take apart the boiler and 3 way valve and decalcify the whole thing... the plunger seemed fine - everything looked like new and clean... it worked a couple days now the same thing... I was wondering if it could be the switch?... I took it apart also and it seemed ok... but I really didn’t know what problem to look for?... I guess my main question is if I flip the brew switch and the pump comes on then the switch should also be powering the 3 way valve ok?... From the elec diagram it seemed the steam switch also effects the valve function... Can someone describe what the three leads to the switch are and how the steam & brew switch works in theory? btw my unit has the rocker switch style not the new button style switch
  19. Yes all you need is some basic tools - Which you said you have... Here is a good video to explain how you can do it yourself... The one thing I would change about this video is that you do not need to disconnect the switch from the housing to get the boiler out - And make double sure you mark and photograph the electrics as they recommend...
  20. I have a newer non-EU brushed stainless model and my timer sticks to it... So is a magnetic stainless model of a lower quality than an older non-magnetic? Will these newer stainless models eventually succumb to rusting?... What strategies can be used to prevent rusting out long term?
  21. Too bad the awesome back plate can’t be seen when it on the corner counter
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