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by Pressino, Today, 7:45 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Gaggia Classic stripped allen screw

I'd recommend using a common screw extractor. The spiral kind are the ones I've most often used. You can get a usable set from Home Depot or Harbor Freight for around 10 bucks that will work for a range of screw sizes. Here's a nice video that shows you how to use these extremely handy (when you need them) gadgets:...
by dsc106, Today, 7:43 pm in Espresso Machines
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ECM flow control installation

I see, ok, so normal? Any idea how/why WLL has a better curve in their video with the same device/machine? Apologies if I am missing something obvious... I don't understand what you mean by this. If I am using the stock spring but 100% engaging the brew lever (not partially), what would the FCD have to do with the e61s...
by Nunas, Today, 7:36 pm in Espresso Machines
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ECM flow control installation

Yes. It's a rather rudimentary needle valve In any case, the water debit isn't terribly important. With a loaded portafilter, the control will work fine. Since you're using the stock spring, at the beginning of the pull, the FC will be used to determine the length of the e61's inbuilt preinfusion time. Once that's over (about 4-bar), the control can...
by dsc106, Today, 7:28 pm in Espresso Machines
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ECM Synchronika owners

JB - thanks for this post! Weber Spring Clean looks very interesting (and a clever name, too). And I didn't know the drip tray issue wasn't universal. Perhaps I will contact clive about this as I am under warranty and see if they can send me a replacement.
by Nunas, Today, 7:26 pm in Coffee Roasting
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Quest M6 First Attempts + Curves!

No, that's not a good idea IMHO. Sorry, but I know what I wish to say, but I'm not sure I can describe it to you in a more understandable manner, but I'll try. At the risk of becoming pedantic, forget about the turnaround temperature, it's meaningless. The temperature you're seeing before "turnaround" isn't real BT. The drop you're seeing...
by dsc106, Today, 7:23 pm in Espresso Machines
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Any special steps needed before refilling an emptied steam boiler?

Thanks so much everybody! Very helpful to learn and understand all of this, I appreciate it! As for my water situation, out of the hot water wand, I pulled a glass of water and let it cool to room temp. I had gotten around 225-250ppm from the steam boiler after a year of use and never draining it, and very...
by dsc106, Today, 7:17 pm in Espresso Machines
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ECM flow control installation

Thanks, Nunas! Ok, now I can get 0g/sec when fully closed (no flow). But I have a new issue now...maybe it's just part of the design? The control does not seem granular enough during the first 1/4 of a turn. My flow numbers are:
  • 1/16 = 3.5g/sec 1/8 = 4.15g/sec 1/4 = 5g/sec 1/2 = 7.3g/sec 3/4 = 9.3g/sec 1 =...
  • by baldheadracing, Today, 7:17 pm in Coffees
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    Saka Caffè in the States

    I don't know about the Top Selection, but for the Gran and Classic Bar I'm pulling at 88C/89C average temps. My usual medium-to-light roasts run from 93C to 96C. (WCE Scace procedure, declining temperature HX spring lever FWIW.)
    by Robotgrass, Today, 7:05 pm in Buying Advice
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    Can anyone identify this espresso machine?

    Apparently it was purchased at Faema Montreal - the owner selling it has no other info. Please let me know if you recognize it. Cheers {image}
    by cjhacker23, Today, 7:05 pm in Coffee Roasting
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    Quest M6 First Attempts + Curves!

    I'm not sure what you mean. My idea is to charge at a higher temp, say at 525 or 550, so that the so-called "turnaround" happens at a higher temp. Is that not a good idea?