Relax and start by reading this:minotakis wrote:If I am not mistaking the original basket is 16 gr, is it ok if I put 18 gr in a 16gr basket?
Bezzera Strega Review
Sometimes I wish was a like button.another_jim wrote:The 20 gram VST basket is because Bezzera has no clue at all on how to properly use the machine they design and build; and therefore supply baskets that don't work?
Claws wrote:Ahoi there fellow Bezzera user.
I'm new to the Strega as well, having previously used a BFC E61 (and before that, Elektra Micro Casa A Leva and a La Pavoni) and, after adjusting the pressure (the previous owner had it set to 1.5 bar. Way too hot for me), I was about to install a dimmer to adjust the preinfusion, something you might be interested in.
The Super Jolly mazzer is an excellent grinder imo, but I had to grind slightly finer than I would on my E61 machine, using a slightly lighter tamp to get good results on the strega, also using your shower screen and a 18g VST basket (the previous owner supplied).
I am dosing to 18g to produce an espresso doppio, with a naked portafilter (just because I like to look at the droplets forming from below ). After pulling the lever down and releasing the steam / built up hot water, I insert the portafilter as the pump is engaging (so I pull the lever down FIRST, then insert the portafilter). It takes about 8 seconds for drops to appear. The lever takes about 15-18 seconds (depends how hard I tamp) to reach about 75% of the way, at which point I usually have a sufficiently full cup, which is enjoyable, albeit I am still experiencing a tiny bit of blonding at the very end. You might try something along these parameters and go from there, as this setup has yet to produce an "unenjoyable" cup (at least for my darker roasts with 10-20% robusta). My pressure is set to be between 1.1 and 1.2 - how about yours?
I am using a motor dimmer that goes up to 3800W, so plenty of power to spare and figured I'd drop my question here since it might be of interest to you as well, as this type of switch is available for around 10 bucks and might be easier to install than a lightswitch dimmer if I have figured this out correctly (not trying to hijack this thread) !
Would I be correct in assuming that I can simply cut the brown wire in the Strega, attach each end to a wire connector, and from there run a wire (each) to the in and out terminals on my dimmer?
(Fancy paint diagram for reference)
Or am I connecting it to a different part of the pump? I am using the super strega thread for reference, but I'd rather get your opinion before i disassemble the machine (and possibly break the pump with faulty wiring)
The Super Strega: Modifying preinfusion pressures and other functional improvements