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  1. Yep all done, just leaving it to dry out. Thanks all for sharing your experiences and advice.
  2. I've been having this exact problem. When backflushing, after the system vented, the pump turned on again and the timer restarted. After perhaps a second or so the pump/timer then went off again on its own, before alternating between being on and off at a rapid rate. I then manually turned the machine off and it returned to normal when it was turned on again a few minutes later. Looking under the machine I could see a puddle. I've just taken the cover below the group off and low and behold the threaded shroud thing was just loose floating around at the bottom of the cover, probably e
  3. Yep it was as simple as that, must have knocked the ring out of alignment. Thanks for the tips!
  4. I've been enjoying my Niche for just over a year now and still very happy with it. Something strange just happened that I haven't really investigated yet. I've recently been switching between an espresso grind and a coarser grind for V60 once a day. The Niche has been coping with this fine and it's been a doddle. But today turning the grind back has resulted in a really fast flowing espresso shot and the burr adjustment feels easier/looser than before. I'd have to tighten the grind up much more than the setting I'd consistently been using for these beans. Any idea what's happened? I
  5. Hi, I want to put my machine to sleep for a month or so. How should I drain the brew boiler? Excuse the basic question, I couldn't find it in the minima guide. As a guess I need to turn the heating elements off as I did when I filled the machine, pull the hose out of the reservoir and turn the pump on?
  6. Aldi are about to sell their knock off version for £350. Apparently it's a rebadged version of a common cheap alternative at a lower than usual price. I don't think it comes with all of the standard, nor is it compatible with the optional Joe accessories. But at £500 less than the normal price (and I've been monitoring Joe's for a couple of years and haven't seen any big discounts) it's a pretty tempting offer. I guess the quality will be lower but surely the concept and cooking properties will be more or less the same? https://www.aldi.co.uk/garden-shop/kamado-bbq
  7. Yeah the expansion valve thing is set to 12 out of the box. But it's very easy to adjust to whatever you want, even I managed it. You just need the appropriate hex key and spanner. Dave has a good video of it on YouTube. Not sure if it was just my unit, but I didn't have the cable tie that Dave had to rearrange. That or it wasn't positioned in a way that impeded the adjustment.
  8. They dropped it from mine, in fact I didn't get any felt pads either, just the grippy ones.
  9. Bella Barista are now stocking two hole steam tips. Making progress with the 3 but with the small quantities of milk in using I'll give the 2 a try. Now just to find a suitable bottomless portafilter
  10. Recently bought one very similar to the Amazon link by the OP from eBay for around half the price. Very solid, but not the best fit in the basket. A bit of coffee is sticking to the lip between the two parts. Haven't investigated yet whether this is just the fit or if it's just not screwing up properly. +1 on it not being a distributor
  11. After your boil in the bag comment I'm not sure whether to take the bait, in case you haven't seen it I found the serious eats post on eggs pretty useful
  12. Sold out already! Thanks for sharing though
  13. You can pick up a bag sealer for £30-40 ish and individual BPA free bags or a roll that you can cut whatever sized bags you need from. I've also just used ziplock bags (Google displacement method) 57 degrees won't denature them, although I think the purpose made bags are better as they're much stronger, much less chance of the bag splitting.
  14. Yeah they most probably did it first for eggs. Onsen eggs, named after the baths.
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