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  1. igm45

    Baskets

    Morning all, I have decided that I fancy a smaller basket. At present I have a 18g VST. Here is what I'm considering: 15g VST (range 14-16g) Fancy this for the challenge that it seems to offer. 15g Decent (range 12-18g) 18g Decent (range 15 - 21) Not heard much about decent baskets, anyone got experience of them? 14g IMS (range 14-18g) I am told IMS are more forgiving, do I go for this as the cheapest and easiest option. Thoughts please...
  2. Well I’ve been on the 15g basket for over a week now ,you will need perfect technique to get these to work . I am loving this as this is ironing out any bad habits that I’ve had . Results in the cup are good and I am really having to push the E8 and grind really fine , a lot finer than for my 18gram VST basket . This consequently has shown me how much of a good grinder I have and it hasn’t missed a beat . I am planning on travelling more down this road , just need to get an order of beans in so I can play more. If you want to push yourself i thoughrully recommend doing this ,
  3. I am new to the forum and in the process of placing an order for a decent machine and grinder, so in the meantime I am satisfying my lust for somewhere near the Holy Grail in scouring the forum, time permitting, in doing so I note several references to like minded people swapping out the machine manufacturers porta filters and baskets in favour of a VST replacement. What is so different that warrants such a change ?. Jon-Willy.
  4. Anyone have a VST, DTS meter for sale? Thanks in advance Mike
  5. I have a newly acquired Gaggia Classic, so looking at baskets. I may go down the VST route at some point, but I have a general question. Simply put, what's the point in different size baskets when you can just fill up a standard double basket half way, third of the way or whatever? Is there any advantage in having a smaller basket, and if so what? I know there are disadvantages as well, because the VST 15mm basket is harder to work with than the 18mm. Fill me in on the theory and practice here please!
  6. Hey, I am wondering if anyone has a VST 18g basket (mine is ridgeless) and Silvia combination? I just got mine and struggling a bit. Flow in VST is faster than in the stock pf which means I should either grind finer or updose. What I see if I go for the nominal dosage (18g) then I have to grind really fine (3 on my Rocky) + it is a bit awkward to level it off (cannot really sweep with a finger). Also, the coffee ends up certainly not bad but a bit blander than I was getting with the stock pf. Another option is to updose. That's what I am doing and like the results tastewise (I dose
  7. All, after years of using a VST 15gr basket without investigating further .... am i the only one to put 18gr on the 15gr VST basket?!?! Using a Rocket Giotto i couldn't get anything decent from 15gr on it while with the normal 18gr basket I was less happy At the end the 15gr one I am getting a non soggy puck with enough room for water during the extraction, looks perfect post brewing and coffee is quite decent ... But i can't get my head around, assuming the VST guys are v nerdy how on earth is that possible for me to do a 18gr coffee in a 15gr basket? - grinding too fine? - not
  8. Hi all I tried to make my first shot using the 18g VST basket in my Cherub using the standard Cherub portafilter. However adding 17g of beans into basket and tamping did not work as it would not lock into the group head. Was very tight to even try and close. Is this a known issue? I can max only use 15g of coffee currently. Thanks
  9. I'm looking to aquire a VST and had a few questions. I'll be using it for pour over. What equipment do I need besides these gadget itself? Filters? Syringers? Software? The VST shop got an unbundled version where you can add software, syringe/filter and chooses soft case color. Do you need the PC software? Do you need the app? Is it sturdy or should I get a hard case?
  10. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eureka-Mignon-Perfetto-Kaffeem%C3%BChle-Chrom/dp/B07G4FC61Q The grinder integrated in the oracle touch (same as Sage Smart Grinder Pro) is not the best grinder making top reproducible results. So what i am looking for to train my skills and maybe get better results is a grinder that: - make constant and reproducible results - grind fine and good enough for the VST 15g - is just great Is that Eureka good for that or do i have to get another? Must be definitive MUCH better than the Sage because otherwise it surely makes no sense to upgrade. I wan
  11. Hi All, I was after some advice if I may. I’m running a Gaggia Classic (Rancilio wand and OPV mod) and Mazzer Super Jolly (had it for about a year). I make 2-4 drinks on a weekend day, usually cappuccino / cortado and the odd mid week drink. Would upgrading to an IMS or VST basket make a difference over the stock (non pressurised) double baskets? Or since I’m mostly going milk based is it not a material difference? Also I can’t seem to find a sensible answer on whether IMS or VST is better, only the one direct comparison (from perfect daily grind) which says any difference is ma
  12. Hi All have been looking around here for a few weeks now. Lot of interesting snippets of information on here. Who would know making a cup of coffee was such a science, or is it an artform. Eitherway im hoping to find out soon! We started out with Tassimo and Dolce gustos many years ago, moving on to 2 different nespresso machines. Swiftly followed by a bean to cup delonghi for 2 years and another bean to cup Krups for another 2 years. That brings us to Christmas 2018 and i got to thinking wouldnt it be great to do it properly, it looks easy! So 5000 hours on youtube later and we
  13. I decided to take the plunge and invest in a 15g VST Ridgeless. My current 18g VST is great but wanted a slightly smaller yield to suit my palette. The first shot was a bit too fast even though I had made the grind finer and along with a dose of 15.3g - ending with 29g in 22s Second - 15.5g - not much different to above Both the above shots were quite good to taste but I think the Vesuvius is quite forgiving! I then tried a search on the forum with pretty poor results, followed by google which led me back to here...which took me to: https://colonnacoffee.com/blogs/maxw
  14. Just bought a plumbed original L1 on this forum to add to my Vesuvius and Ponte Vecchio Lusso and am in the process of getting to the best basket / dose combination. On my Vesuvius, I dose 18g in an 18g VST basket. When I do the nickel test (or 5p) the dose leaves the correct impression at between 17.5g and 18g with the beans I am using -perfect. However, when I do the same test on the L1, in the 18g VST I only get 15.5g before it leaves an impression whilst in the 20g VST I get 17g. This is with both the Londinium IMS 35 screen and the KVW screen I have on the Vesuvius when used on both.
  15. Good day all. I'm thinking a new basket is in order as the one I have with my Classic is the original and now 12 years old so I'm sure it has seen better days. It will be a double basket to hold between 16-18grams if possible. From my basic understanding am I right thinking that a VMS basket is a bit more forgiving? Has anyone had both and noticed wild differences? And any recommendations on a particular model. Thanks all!
  16. Continuing the quest for better coffee, i'm interested in a stainless steel portafilter for my Synchronika, or E61 group heads. Reasons are: - Deeper VST baskets (22g+) - Easier to clean and maintain - Not worrying about chrome plating, teflon coatings, etc After investigation, options are: - La Marzocco (needs grinding to fit E61 group head) - Pesado (Where can i get them in Europe?) - Decent (Where can i get them in Europe?) - Cafelat (i think they don't make them anymore) Anyone knows of more options available, or how to get the Pesado or Decent ones hre in
  17. [video=youtube_share;hpPT8klhEc4] I've just started playing with a VST basket, wow, huge difference. Much finer grind required for a 2:1 brew ratio at around 27sec. Do you guys include or exclude pre-infusion time from your pull time? I'm finding the shot a little bitter when excluding it, but in reality that equates to a 33sec ish shot time, which feels bit slow.
  18. Whole layout has changed. Is it just me, or does anyone dislike the new set out?
  19. Ok as title tell me why I should upgrade to a vst basket or am I wasting my time and hard earned cash thanks in advance
  20. Is hasbean the best deal out there at the moment? £750 https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/vst/products/vst-lab-iii Scae have it at £580 but reading other threads I think that needs VAT adding so around £700 and doesn't include the extras http://scae-shop.myshopify.com/collections/equipment-and-tools/products/vst-lab-iii-refractometer?variant=6996399748 3FE are £950 https://shop.3fe.com/product/vst-lab-coffee-espresso-refractometer-iii-bundle Where is everyone buying syringe filters from? are the generic 0.22um ones on ebay ok?
  21. So previously using the stock double Rancilio basket with 18g in. Postie brought a VST 18g ridged this morning. Using the same beans as before should I change the grind setting on my Mignon with the new VST? finer or courser? How does the VST compare with stock baskets in this respect? PS. Of course I'll find out in the morning but just wondering......
  22. Hi, so I was just about to buy a bottomless pf for my gaggia classic and a ridgeless 18g VST basket to go with it when this made me pause: https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/vst-18g-ridged-precision-porta-filter-basket.html It says the basket is compatible for pf handles sized for E61 group heads. My question is: what kind of group head does a gaggia classic have and is there certain kind of VST basket that is compatible with it? Thanks Luke
  23. Hi all, As some of you may have seen, I've been having some basket and dosing woes recently with some of the stock baskets that came with my Classic. I'd started to do a bit of research into different basket options and quite quickly settled on the idea of an 18g ridgeless VST. I realised that this would also mean an upgrade on my 58mm Motta Tamper. After a bit of digging around I stumbled on an 58.4mm version of the Motta tamper that I already own for the very reasonable price of £25 - Link. Today both the basket and tamper were delivered and it fits like a glove. I've only use
  24. Does anyone know of or can recommend as above please? We have been using the 20g VST in a naked for as long as I can remember, but it would be nice to have a spouted alternative. Thanks.
  25. As mentioned in an earlier post, I decided to purchase an analogue/optical refractometer to try and analyse my brew TDS%. This is therefore a follow up to let you know how I got on. You can follow this link to see the unit I purchased for £20 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Refractometer-synthetic-machining-low-concentrated-solutions/dp/B01NBYE6ER/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1488591393&sr=1-1&keywords=Brix+Refractometer+Range+0-10%25+Brix+Testing+synthetic+machining+Coolants%2C+maple+sap) It arrived within a week and was already calibrated to 0 with water. I calibr
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