Espresso Cart - Goodbye Plumbed In - Page 5

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#41: Post by daustin777 »

Thanks! I just ordered the SS adapter from Amazon.
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#42: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz (original poster) »

For those concerned about the noise, put the pump on a towel. With the higher GPM models the tank fills quicker and the pump runs less.
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#43: Post by mason a »

So, I've been trying to decide what to do with my new machine and I think I'm going to build my own water from RO as the water in central WA is extremely hard. I'm planning on putting in a whole home softener to save the appliances, but I don't think that really solves any problems. I like the idea of buying the complete kit (see link below, I don't need the pitcher rinser) as it will include basically everything needed and seems plug and play. My setup could easily accommodate 5 gallon water jugs for the pickup tube included with the pump system. My concerns would be removing the wand and having to reprime the system each time, but their website says there is a check valve in the wand so that doesn't happen but I'm skeptical, and my other concern is biofilm. I could just refill the same 5 gallon jug before it got too low and avoid introducing air, but I'm still concerned with biofilm. What kind of cleaning can be done on these pump type setups to keep them clean and delivering the best water? I know that the reservoir in my La Spaziale Dream T starts to build biofilm from time to time and it's a very small volume compared to a 5 gallon system. I know others have brought up the concern around an off flavor that gets introduced by these pumps, but I think I'm willing to give it a shot (unless someone convinces me not to), basically because it's a complete kit and I can buy a jug and be ready to go when the new machine gets delivered. I'm upgrading to a GS3 MP and want to take care of it and there's no way I'm using the built in reservoir considering how much water gets dumped into the drain by the conical valve during pre-brew, I'd have to refill it everyday. So, I guess my question generally is: how do you maintain this type of set up? I have about 10 weeks before my machine is ready, so I'm not in any rush to make a purchase and could be swayed if there's a specific reason not to try this pump/system, I just want good water.

https://caffewerks.com/collections/wate ... ull-set-up

Ahmad H.

#44: Post by Ahmad H. »

I'm going to try this set up soon. I got the Tamco Tank couple of days ago. The tank have an intense plastic smell to it from the inside, I'm worried that this smell will change the water taste and potentially corrupt the water.

Is this the case with others?

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#45: Post by spressomon » replying to Ahmad H. »

Yes, my NSF rated/approved tank also had a strong "plastic" odor. If you search online you will find isopropyl alcohol will take the odor away. For my 10-gallon tank I used about 1-gallon of 70% isopropyl alcohol. Using more alcohol would speed up the process...its just a bit expensive to source 10-gallons of alcohol.

About twice a day for about a week I rotated the tank so the alcohol wetted all interior surfaces of the tank. Rinsed thoroughly, let it dry and the odor was gone.
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#46: Post by mason a »

Good to know about the smell and how to get rid of it. I think I've changed my own mind, I'm moving away from the caffewerks system and moving toward the tamco set up. Finding that shurflo 2 gallon stainless steel accumulator tank is proving difficult. Don't really feel like paying $342 for an accumulator, but this is the only place I can find one.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/324968715555?c ... PwQAvD_BwE

found one for about 1/2 the price on rvpartscountry.com after search a bit more

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#47: Post by spressomon »

@mason a, FYI/FWIW, the last 2-gallon SS Shurflo accumulator I purchased was on 12/19/2019, for our RV, and cost me $128.26 (regular price was $151.48) plus sales tax, no charge shipping, from Camping World.
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#48: Post by Jeff »

mason a wrote:Don't really feel like paying $342 for an accumulator, but this is the only place I can find one.
I've gotten parts for other projects from Fresh Water Systems and have been pleased by their service and the lines that they carry. I don't know much about accumulator tanks, but they seem to have a range of them available at substantially less.

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#49: Post by spressomon »

I too have purchased many products over the years for various water related projects of all kinds from Fresh Water Systems and they are top shelf company to purchase from.

But, I have used several different accumulators for espresso machine water delivery system going back almost 10-years as well as RV water delivery and IMHO the Shurflo SS 2-gallon accumulator is worth the extra coin.

I had a plain steel, painted 2-gallon accumulator that eventually failed and was the source of rust colored water getting into the espresso machine; presumably the bladder failed. I also tried one of the small Shurflo plastic accumulators when I first put together my water delivery system for my then Londinium LI and I eventually moved up to the 2-gallon SS variant for less cycling of the pump for both RV and my current Slayer water delivery system. Been 100% happy with the Shurflo 2-gallon SS accumulator; current one that is apart of my Slayer set-up is now 4-years old without issue.
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Ahmad H.

#50: Post by Ahmad H. »

Question for those who used the Tamco tank or any other tank that have a hole or path for air to reach the water, is that safe for the water if it's stays for 4-7 days?