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  1. I am selling my Expobar Brewtus IV (aka Office Leva). Double boiler, rotary pump, plumb only. In good condition, some scratches on drip tray. It's a 2013 model I bought it in March this year, it was used lightly in a commercial setting for 1 year (grinder that came with it had 800 shot count), they sold it as coffee wasn't selling. I have used it daily for 2-3 espresso. Only been used with bottled water (I cant plumb it in). It's been backflushed with calypuff. Comes with naked portafilter and regular pf. Double basket and whiteyj's 3d printed pf holder. I am selling
  2. Hi all Just joined your ranks :-) A nice shiny Brewtus picked up this morning from @Tigermad soon to be plugged in and run through its paces. Wish me luck - I am going in!!!!!!
  3. The missus was flicking through the jobs pages one day and suddenly we're off to the most remote (depends on definition of "remote") inhabited island in the world, Pitcairn. We bought a second-hand Silvia with PID to send ahead, thinking it might get damaged so we didn't want to spend too much and didn't want to send the Fracino Heavenly. It did indeed get damaged and now we've just ordered a Minore IV (Brewtus to you) in New Zealand, which will arrive on the next boat in three months' time:waiting: . There's no airstrip, no other boat service and only 50 people here, so things take time...
  4. So I finally got to decaling the brewtus and foolishly thought it would be easy. I had the idea of syphoning the descaler in and out after a few hours before flushing. In my mind this would have been a lot quicker and easier than running the pump. Turns out I couldn't get he wrench on anything and even if I could I wouldn't have been comfortable with removing anything on there. Can anybody give me a tip here? What's easiest and best to remove? I was thinking the manometer fitting on the brew boiler and temp probe on the steam boiler, but could go for the vacuum breaker too. Al
  5. I got a gift from my wife. It was a Brewtus 4-V about 2 weeks ago. It was a nice and long awaiting upgrade from my Gaggia. The machine is great until today. We made our morning coffee with no problem. This afternoon, I turned the machine on for an afternoon coffee. The steam boiler went to pressure but the PID is displaying the current temp in the boiler and not heating. The small dot is on in the PID (see picture) is turned on and does not turn off. When the steam boiler turns on, the small dot does not disappear. I made sure the PID is in C and the offset is 10. I did a facto
  6. Hi guys, I already had one problem with my mkii brewtus, in that brew pressure hasn't been consistent. Haven't had the time or money to replace the pump and OPV. Yesterday, the temperature controller stopped working. Its just not turning on when I turn the machine on. When turned on, the machine’s pump works and it begins to heat, though nothing shows on the little screen. After being on for hours, the brew water is not hot enough to be uncomfortable running over my fingers. Initially I'd presumed the reservoir was empty when the screen was off, until I realised the
  7. I was wondering if anybody has some hints on using this pitcher. I bought one in my pursuit of a truly even and dense microfoam. I have a single hole tip on my brewtus. I can get the milk to expand initially but then can't get it to integrate properly. If I get the correct angle and start an almost violent Toroid swirl then the milk is so volatile that it results in suddenly going from deep to shallow tip coverage that I end up with big horrible slurps of air in my milk Really should be doing better than this having had machines a year and a half.
  8. Since day 1, at first start up the hot water spout is dripping water Am losing about 90ml of water & causes the pump to periodically turn on Eventually after 30-40min (when machine fully up to temp) the dripping stops. Anyone else getting this issue on the brerwtus?
  9. 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]
  10. Hello, For a sale Expobar Brewtus IV (tank/vibra)verison. Bought in August 2015 in original packing and with everything that came with it: - portafilter - filter basket (single and double) - blind filter. It is 230V/240V version with schuko plug (germany, italy, austria, swiss etc). For UK it is just need a 3pin uk adapter. Machine was regularly maintained and always used with water softener. If you have any additional questions let me know and i am able to send any additional pictures. Joystick are sold. I did apply the original. I'm ready to sell it fo
  11. Hi All, forgive me if this is posted in the wrong area! As soon as the machine is powered on, there is continuous leaking coming from the safety release valve. If I turn on the machine and pull the pour lever, small amounts of water start coming through the group head but still leaks on top of the main boiler. Machine only has 2 months of usage! (not descaled yet which I know is bad, not sure if this is the culprit?) Not sure where to go from here, I'm in Devon and am happy to recieve any recommendations from pro's who might be able to help. I unfortunately bought this from a co
  12. Got a question for some experts here... Can you only get a plumb in version of the Office Leva /Brewtus? without the tank and filter etc? Are conversion kits to either available or is it simply a matter of flicking a switch somewhere (I've read something like this..) Cheers!
  13. Hi all, very sadly the time has come to sell my beloved Expobar dual boiler machine (reservoir version). Why? With a new job I simply don't have the time to get the use out of it I'd like. So this machine was purchased on the 20th Feb 2015 from Claudette at Bella Barista so is still well within the 2 year back to base parts and labour warranty. The condition is absolutely superb, in fact it is as good as new, better even you could argue now that its been 'seasoned' in so you no longer get a metallic sour taste from the new boilers. The only signs of light use is to the drip tray mesh
  14. Having finally given into the temptation to upgrade to a Rocket R58 my Expobar Brewtus II is now up for sale. I've owned it since November 2009 and it's served me very well. I can't really justify the difference between this and what I've spent on the Rocket based on the coffee produced - I just fancied one. I would describe it as well used but also well maintained and cared for. There are only a few occasions that it's been used for more than one morning coffee a day as that's enough for me and my wife doesn't like such strong coffee. I live in a soft water area and have only
  15. I notice that Brewtus IV allows pre-infusion of shots. In fact I noticed that a few of the other E61 machines at the forum day also had this feature. So who's had experience with pre-infusing and how long are you pre-infusing for?
  16. I would appreciate some thoughts on a valuation of a 3 year old Expobar Brewtus IV which I am considering buying. It hasn’t been used for the last 2 years apart from being tested 6 months ago. It is set up to be plumbed in and would need to have an internal reservoir added. Asking price is just over £500. Thanks in advance.
  17. Hi, I’m thinking about buying a 3 year old Brewtus IV and would appreciate some input on a couple of points. It was plumbed in and I am told doesn’t have an internal water reservoir - where can I buy one separately? It wasn’t used very much and has not been used for the last 2 years apart from a test 6 months ago when it worked fine. Is there anything I should look out for because of this and will need any special preparation before regular use? I will post a separate thread on a valuation. Thanks in advance.
  18. As above please; struggling to find a link or hard copy anywhere... thanks in advance
  19. (Sorry, please ignore, I saw too late that my previous post on this has been moved elsewhere.)
  20. I find my PID sits 1 degree below the set temperature probably just under half of the time. Do we know how the Gicar PID actually rounds (i.e. to the nearest degree or does an actual temp of 91.99 still display 91 until it reaches 92)? Also if anyone has discovered any proportional integral and derivative variables that work particularly well (steam boiler on), that they'd like to share I'd be eternally grateful. I currently get about a 1 degree swing at worst, so not bad by any stretch but couldn't hurt to have it even better.
  21. Hi everyone. i am new to the forum and have a question as the seller of this machine only wants me to send it back. i want to check a few things before i do that. So the vacuum relief valve was leaking and they suggested to change the pressure stat at the same time as the machine is 3 years old. so we replaced both of these and since we did that the brew boiler will not heat all the way up. it goes up to around 60 deg C and just wont go any more. I checked the voltage coming in to the stat and it says 0. but the output to the steam boiler says it is on...weird. the PID shows that the
  22. My machine has now made this rather worrying noise on two occasions. Any ideas? What's more concerning is the fact that it is only a few months old.
  23. Dallah


    Am I right in my assumption that what everyone refers to as a Brewtus IV on these forums is the Expobar Leva Dual Boiler from Bella Barista? I love everything about this machine and its what I am saving for but... that Expobar badge in front of the drip tray is just plain fugly. Hopefully when the time comes I can spend that kind of dosh on a pressie to myself, I go for function over form or I win the lottery and can buy a KvdW Speedster.
  24. I want a machine with the following: rotary motor dual boiler non pressure profiling (can have the function but its not necessary as I don't think I want the faff - I would probably programme a setting to 9bar) plumbed in and tank option (as I use a reservoir now but would like the option of plumbed in later) PID easy descale (bottom draining boilers) leaver activated steam, and water (not twisty knobs) lever activated group preferably NOT fully commercial due to running costs.... I've been looking recently but I haven't found a machine with all of these features as s
  25. Hi. I have just purchased a brewtus ii. On checking the pressure the gauge had a reading of about 11 bar whilst under pressure with the back flush disc in place. My research showed you can adjust this down using a screwdriver to adjust the OPV through the access hole in the drip tray. Found the a access hole but nothing to adjust behind it. At this point I thought I would take back the curtain to see the wizard!! On taking off the case I could see what looks like the original OPV facing the wrong way and a second OPV. The old one has the plastic adjustment. It looks like someone went to fit a
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