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  1. Just seen this thread, am I too late to enter the first round?
  2. Thanks for the tips on the offset; I read about the 'flashing off to steam' in the manual to find the offset as well, so I'll give that a go to see if mine is the same. But what about the (P)roportional & (I)ntegral values? I guess it's all to do with how it copes with changes in temperature. Does it really matter?
  3. Having just bought bubbajvegas's Leva I was wondering what PID settings people used? The PID settings had all the values set to 'default' values (not sure if it had reset itself in transit). Should I change them to the values recommended in the Bella Barista manual as below, or do any of you have better recommendations? [TABLE=class: grid, width: 500, align: center] [TR] [TD]Parameter [/TD] [TD]Default [/TD] [TD]BB recommendation [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]P[/TD] [TD]1.0[/TD] [TD]3.0[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]I[/TD] [TD]0.01[/TD] [TD]0.05[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]D[/TD] [TD]2.0[/TD] [TD]2.0[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Offset Temp (F04)[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Temp[/TD] [TD]95?[/TD] [TD]??[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  4. Thanks Chris, just hope I can look after it as well as you have. BTW I think you need to change your sig now
  5. OK I'll raise my offer to £725. I can pick it up this week if you like, please PM me and we can arrange a time & date. I can do cash or cheque on collection, or do a transfer using internet banking - whichever is easiest
  6. I would like to offer £710 to replace my Gaggia Classic, it will be well looked after and I can collect from you as I work in Leeds.
  7. Achronite

    UK Based Roasters

    Just had a flyer in Good Food magazine for www.yourgrind.com, it also has a free trial bag offer with the code 'trialbag'. Has any tried these before?
  8. Thank you for the advice, It really helped priming the boiler again after frothing the first jug. What I did was press the brew button for a few seconds (with the steam button on and the steam valve off) - until I could hear the pump starting to strain - is this what you mean? The only trouble now is you've started me looking at other machines with dual boilers... ;-)
  9. Yes, I've already done that mod, I also have a naked portafilter from happydonkey. The biggest difference I got though was buying a Fracino branded Compak K8 Chrome grinder off ebay - it was a massive improvement on the Cuisinart one I was using up to that point. I'm managing to microfoam OK, but I'm just not getting a consistant result, especially on my 2nd jug (I tend to make two two shot latte's at a time).
  10. Hi I've just joined and am so happy that I finally came across a forum that talk in Celcius and has links to UK websites! I have joined to research better ways of getting steam from my Gaggia Classic. I already use the 'start frothing before the light comes on' method, but I'm wondering if a PID would make that much difference...
  11. Does anyone know if the PID/SSR combo mentioned earlier in this thread (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320869323753) can also be used for steam control? I found some instructions using the alarm function on the Auber SYL-1512 PID (http://www.skenedesign.com/Silvia/ & http://imgur.com/a/G48oU) to do this (I have a Gaggia Classic).
  12. I have just joined - getting fed up of trying to steam properly with my Gaggia Classic...
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