Water from steam wand has metallic smell

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lmolter

Postby lmolter » Mar 09, 2019, 11:19 am

La Pavoni Pro Millenium -- when I dump the false pressure (and any accumulated water) through the steam wand into a cup, the water is tinted yellow and has a metallic smell. However, if I flush the brew head into a cup, I don't notice either the yellow tint nor the smell? Time to descale? But how to clean the steam wand? I ask because someone here said not to run the descaler through either the steam wand or the brew head.

lmolter

Postby lmolter » Mar 15, 2019, 11:03 am

I'm answering my own post.

I descaled the boiler, and based on others' recommendations, I *did not* pass the descaler solution through either the brewhead nor the steam wand. But ... after rinsing, the steam wand's condensate was clear and no more metallic smell. Beats me.