Recent Posts - Page 55

by Grant, February 23rd, 2020, 3:57 pm in Water
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Distilled / Potassium Bicarbonate Water with Fill Sensor

Hey all, Over the last while I've had various issues with my Elektra A3 related to scale. I've got an ion exchange softener on it and maintained (and working based on numerous hardness test strips), but the scale building persists regardless of lots of boiler flushing etc. Anyways, after reading many of the posts here at HB, I've decided to try a change in water delivery/chemistry and move to a Fl...
by jmrust, February 23rd, 2020, 3:55 pm in Buying Advice
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Newbie looking to upgrade espresso machine/grinder, budget around $2500

Most folks here are going to tell you to buy a much cheaper machine and a much nicer grinder... If you're absolutely in love with the machine (it's a damn nice piece of kit), I'd look for something like a used Mazzer Super Jolly for $400, stretch your budget for a Niche Zero, or go with a damn nice Pharos hand grinder. Disclosure: I'm anti-Baratza after seeing too many broken ones. I don't play wi...
by pcrussell50, February 23rd, 2020, 3:50 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Breville Dual Boiler Glitch?

Well, if you get the stock pre infusion thing fixed, even if you've done the Slayer mod, all you have to do is leave the valve open, then it will just operate like a plain old stock BDB. So no special SWMBO retraining needed. :wink: -Peter
by false1001, February 23rd, 2020, 3:48 pm in Home Roasting
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Sorry Mr. Rao, she likes it

The eternal struggle... should I over analyze my roast before tasting and risk having that influence what I taste, or should I go into cupping blind and risk post hoc rationalization trying to figure out what in the roast caused those flavors. I would be interested to see how that roast tastes with a pourover or brew. I'd be willing to bet not great. I have a loosely held belief that the Rao curve...
by pcrussell50, February 23rd, 2020, 3:45 pm in Tips and Techniques
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Every Espresso is Sour - Please Help

Fixed that for you. The more keys you hold the more doors you open. Stay nice and safe in your room. And? Because it happened to you , or a minuscule handful of others, it's the norm? :?: Do you think the commercial shops that use Fortes continually have the same the same experience you claim? :head scratch/ I have a Monolith Flat, mate. And yes, I'm doing my best to make the best of my setup. Sam...
by luvmy40, February 23rd, 2020, 3:42 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Breville Dual Boiler Glitch?

Great Point!!!! I just have to gauge whether SWMBO will be willing to learn how to run the needle valve for profiling. BTW, I have the BDB "semi plumbed". I run a three stage filter and under counter softener and installed a float valve in the BDB reservoir to keep it 3/4 full at all times. I'm still trying to work up an automatic drip system to add bicarb to RO water.
by pcrussell50, February 23rd, 2020, 3:28 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Breville Dual Boiler Glitch?

OK now you're talking... :wink: While I do not want to goad anybody into living with a machine that is not working the way it is supposed to, IF you do the "Slayer mod", you will not need the pump to run at partial power for pre infusion. You run the pump at full power and you set the flow (and or pressure) as you wish using the needle valve. So you can set the flow as low as you want fo...
by John_Doe, February 23rd, 2020, 3:23 pm in Tips and Techniques
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Every Espresso is Sour - Please Help

Pre-infusion is merely a crutch/training wheel and far from necessary for great espresso. Might help channeling for some, but that's just an indication to work on puck prep. 'Might' be acceptable to bring out something consumable with the light roast/underdeveloped battery acid 'coffees' that some seek out, but I'll never waste my time/effort with that venture. More power to those that choose to d...
by jpender, February 23rd, 2020, 3:22 pm in Tips and Techniques
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Brix to TDS conversion coefficient.... 0.85 or 0.79???

I think the reason is almost always cost. People have or can afford a refractometer that reports in Brix and they want to use it with their coffee. If what I tried to figure out above is true then you could use it, adjusting for the concentration you expect or initially calculate. Probably the temperature matters too (?) so best to measure samples at or very close to 20°C. I think I read that ...
by blazarov, February 23rd, 2020, 3:21 pm in Espresso Machines
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ITO/Leva! Controller - Q&A + Experience

Hi @sandc and fellow users :) What is the minimum android version required to run Status Monitor? EDIT: found it in the readme file: ... REQUIREMENTS This app requires an Android device with Wifi and Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" or newer (tested up to Android 8.0). LineageOS (formerly known as CyanogenMod) may or may not be compatible. ...