I'm wondering what you all think... if there's a problem with my WDT or if it's something else that causing problems.
I'm using a mod'ed Delonghi Dedica with bottomless PF. I'm using a Baratza Virtuoso Grinder, and beans meant for espresso that were roasted 2 days ago.
I've been using 14.5g and been pulling about 29ish g which I feel is spot on, however the quality of the shot the last 5 seconds doesn't seem to be great. Really starts to spurt, channel around.
When I grind finer, my machine seems to choke. Coarser and I get a quick, spraying disaster of a flow.
I can't put much more coffee in the basket I have as it chokes the machine.
I've noticed on a couple of my pucks that they seemed to be split through the middle of them horizontally. I know you don't want to spend too much time looking at them, but don't know if that means anything or not.
For WDT.. here's what I've been doing.
Been pouring my grinds in the PF, with a cut out paper cut fit to my PF. I've dispersed the grind with a needle, stirring in all directions. Then I give it a little shake side to side. I take the cup out, and have an opening around the edges where the cup sat. I then give it a little shake side to side to spread the grind into that area. I usually don't have overfill, so tough to do any Chicago Chop or 6-12/3-9 leveling. I give it a couple taps on the counter to finish it up, tamp, and go for a pull. I have not yet getting a full bottom of the PF clearly filled with that dark espresso coming out evenly across the entire surface... usually some spots that are not getting any flow. As the flow builds, I'll sometimes get a pretty nice, narrow flow in the middle or close enough (usually accompanied with some minor spraying at the least). This is all best case scenario. The other 50% of the time, The stream moves all around, spurts, etc.
Let me know your thoughts if you have any! I really appreciate your time!