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  1. Yes both buttons control the pump and fill the boiler in the process, just one sends water through the group and the other to the steam wand. I don't steam often, but when I do I use the hot water button to refill the boiler as it purges the wand as well.
  2. Yeah sure... from Amazon and possibly from this seller, but I didn't use the included gasket as I went with a silicone by Cafelat as they are much better than rubber. https://www.amazon.com/Shower-Screen-Upgrade-Rancilio-Silvia/dp/B01NAAJRH1
  3. Yeah between the 14-15 gram doses I was stuck with using as well as the lame monstrous hex head screen screw digging into the puck causing channeling I just wasn't getting the quality extractions I was looking for. Switching to that basket and the flush mount screen kit made a HUGE difference. In the past I've read that it was thought/assumed that Rancilio incorporated those parts to somewhat control the doses being used to adhere to 'Italian standards', but I have always been a fan of updosing every setup I've had as 14 grams won't cut it for what I shoot for. I will honestly say that with some tweaking to the Silvia it's as capable as any machine made once you get things dialed in. Definitely the most unforgiving machine I've ever used, but definitely worth the effort to tame it.
  4. The Rancilio 18 gram basket is a great fit for the spouted portafilter. Much better design/material quality than the stock double that came with my Silvia. Part # is 40-100-103 and depending on roast level my average dose is 18.8-19.2 grams. It works so well I wouldn't bother with even trying aftermarket baskets at this point. No idea on the generic portafilter fitment...
  5. About 1 year ago I did just that... My V1 is from 2006 and was still going strong, but I decided to do some preventive maintenance parts replacement. Was going to swap out the stock thermostats as I didn't mind time/temp surfing, but decided to go the electronic route and ordered the Auber PID. Since mine has the particular boiler that has the factory thermowell I went with the probe they offer just for that, which supposedly reacts a bit faster/more accurately and also went with the upgraded model that allows pre-infusion (which I haven't bothered with), programmable timed cycle (also which I don't use) as well as programmable steam temp, which is a nice upgrade. Had to pay the bit extra to get the cool white display as I hate red and don't care for blue. I will say the Auber kit is flawless from the design, build quality, wiring harness being a perfect fit, excellent customer service for the few questions I had, etc. I will say a dialed in Silvia without a PID is easily on par with using one in the demitasse, but it's nice not having to flush, wait, etc. Saves time, water, pump wear and a bit of electricity. Once mine hits 180 F it pulses the element every few seconds just to feather the temp with 1-2 degrees of the setpoint. I've used a kill-a-watt type meter and instead of the high/low electrical use a stock unit has kicking on/off the PID just barely registers any electrical use at all when sitting idle. The pulses are so light and surely that saves internal components a bit as well as things don't get as hot as they normally do with a stock setup.
  6. I know this is a topic regarding the MeCoffee PID and I don't have/use one, but will ask why espresso enthusiasts continue to use this setup when it seems far from reliable/repeatable? I get that some don't want a typical PID mounted on the machine exterior, want more control over parameters than other units offer, etc., but what good is the MeCoffee if it won't safely do what you want when you want? That coupled with the apparent lack of customer service wouldn't cut it for my use/expectations.
  7. Yeah the silicone gasket will be MUCH better in terms of a better seal with less effort, will stay pliable indefinitely, has no smell and should be easier to remove if it needs to be replaced years away. For the screen screw... I have the flush mount screen kit and when cleaning/reinstalling it I use a small Allen drive bit and turn the screw by hand until it just does make contact with the screen, then give it maybe 1/12 of a turn to snug it and that's all. I make sure it's not too tight/distorted by making sure I can still turn it a bit in either direction by hand.
  8. I personally wouldn't waste time/$ on anything from Breville. May give a lot for the $, but durability/longevity was left out of the mix. Gaggia/Rancilio are tried/true and will last/perform indefinitely. Same goes for grinders as in the case of Baratza as they are the same as what Breville focuses on.
  9. Can't agree as technically the OPV 'should' only be sending tank temperature water back to the tank once preset pressure has been reached if it's working as designed. If hot water from the boiler is making it back to the tank then the OPV should be cleaned/rebuilt to prevent that as well as being sure the thermostat(s) are properly functioning.
  10. Could be thermostat related, but could easily be the OPV is clogged/sticking open, allowing the hot water to be sent back to the water reservoir. Actually had this to happen, took the valve apart, cleaned it, etc. and was fine afterward.
  11. Likely BB is like many other companies that don't know much about the products they sell. Based on all my research the Silvia has always had a brass boiler/group and the earlier versions had the copper element brazed/welded into the boiler housing and then newer versions had a slight boiler change and replaceable elements made of stainless. BB is the one lost here!
  12. Or possibly take it apart to clean and no need to replace.
  13. 3 years ago I bought a V1 Silvia from 2005 or so. Seller hardly used it and thankfully no rust in that area. I did a few tweaks to be sure none ever occurs and even though it should've been handled by the factory, it was nothing for me to figure out and do for just a few dollars/hours. I can't agree with the water reservoir issue as compared to the machines I've owned over the years the Silvia lid is awesome to remove, refill and be good. I've always been in the habit of topping off the tank of every machine I've had each morning since I started espresso. Even the mighty Cremina I had involved me turning it upside down each morning to drain the boiler followed by a fresh refill. Really don't see how some overlook something as important as the water tank level to the point machines have sensors to prevent damage. Decided to add a pic/info for my 3-way/frame fix. I bought a 90 degree brass PEX fitting and modified it to fit onto the bottom of the 3-way exhaust tube. I sealed the exhaust tube seams with electrical tape and ran a strip of tape along the seam where the drip tray meets the frame. Initially used electrical tape, but have since switched to aluminum foil tape. These mods ensure nothing ever gets in that area to rust and the 3-way dumps out nicely into the drip tray instead of splashing all over as in stock form. Of course this prevents the drip tray from being slid out, but no problem there as I keep a thick sponge in it to catch all runoff, then I wring it out and wipe the tray out after each use and it's like new every day. I also put some thin rubber pads under the drip tray as that eliminates any metal-metal vibration as well as leaving an air gap to be sure no moisture gets trapped under there.
  14. Yes new burrs will really get it going in the right direction. Saw the reply regarding purging 8 grams before each use, which is unnecessary and very wasteful. I modified the Rocky I had with a funnel in the hopper that fed beans straight into the burrs so nothing got left behind on the burr carrier lip, which happens with lots of flat burr grinders. I also put Industrial Velcro strips (not the fuzzy side) on the bottom of each doser vane. Those 2 mods really minimized retention. At the end of each daily use I'd sweep the chute (from the grind chamber to the doser) out and use that bit for the last double. Then would give the top of burrs and doser chamber a quick touch up with a handheld vac. Took maybe 1 min and all said and done I was losing only .5 gram daily, which I'd say is quite awesome and that little bit of cleaning left me with a like-new grinder every morning. No need to let coffee sit in the grinder overnight, then purge, etc. Just a waste! I can't comment on that particular PID, although I did install a quality Auber on mine not long ago. Before that I had absolutely no problems getting mine dialed in for every extraction via time/temp surfing. Only real reason I installed the PID is that I was going to replace the thermostats anyway and figured something all electronic would/should last much longer than the stock thermostats. The PID eliminates having to do flush/wait routines and definitely minimizes pump wear and saves a bit of electricity/water. The end result is no better than a non-PID Silvia, just get great results with less effort and time wasted. I've read good things on the meCoffee's performance, but not so much good on the customer service. I personally like the Auber as it's a high quality kit and the customer service is top notch if ever needed. Doesn't bother me that mine is on the machine exterior as I'm not one to have to live with my phone inhand to dial something in like some PIDs require.
  15. Ignore any comments on the Silvia being a 'low end machine' and the Rocky being far from great. That setup is very capable if in the hands of somebody that knows how to maximize it. I've had machines from low end home to 2-3 group commercial and the Silvia is a VERY capable machine once you have it dialed in. I will say it's the most unforgiving machine likely ever made, but will crank out superb espresso once you figure it out. Same with the Rocky... yes it's quite old, but still a very capable espresso quality grinder. There is NO need to spend thousands for great espresso at home regardless of what some want you to believe. Main thing based on your posts is likely the coffee as if you don't have quality/FRESH coffee nothing else really changes for the better. Edit... just read about the Rocky being second hand and the burrs could be an issue, but new burrs, a good cleaning and getting it zero'd will have it performing like new. I've owned a Rocky and have ran quite a few other home-commercial grinders and the Rocky should serve you well.
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