I'm pushing a bit further back every morning til I find a sweet spot. I've heard the same thing, but I'll have to see what happensChrisC wrote:My understanding is that the water gets hottest about 1 minute after the thermostat cuts the power to the heater. This is because there is residual heat in the element that continues to pass into the water during that time. (Maybe you could try brewing at this time for a little extra heat, Psyd?)
200F is a good starting point, and 100C is 212F*. If the boiler element cuts off at 212F, why would we wait to get to 200F, if the temp increases with waiting? It seems to me that the 212F cutoff would get you nearer to 200F at teh PF basket than letting it heat up further, neh?ChrisC wrote:Seeing as 200F (a good average start temp for espresso) is 93C, and the heater is turned off when the water is 100C and then the water gets hotter than that for a minute, you'd want to wait at least a minute to stand a chance of getting closer to 93C/200F as your starting temp.
'Cool' is relative. I'm able to hold onto metal that's at 160F to near 180F (although, at the latter, I tend to juggle a bit) and I've developed 'hot hands' to the point where waiters freak when I take plates from them ; >. That being said, running 200F water over a 185F portafilter will soak a lot of energy from that water.ChrisC wrote:Hopefully cold water is not a big one right away, as it sinks to the bottom and the water to the GH is drawn off the top. And hopefully heating the metal isn't either if your Silvia is properly warmed up
*100 x 1.8 + 32 = 212