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Burner0000
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 7:43am
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From what the schismatics look like you can purchase the doserless shout, remove the doser and reolace it with the doserless shout and portafilter holder. espressocare also sells them both.  Keep in mind tho that with the doserless coffee can get stuck up in the shout from time to time it's easier to clean with the doser model.  I own a macap doser and I just grind and brush excess coffee into the doser that gets stuck to eliminate wasted coffee and a clean grinder. Your looking at about $40+ shipping to convert to doserless.  I'd honestly keep it just for now.  May pay off if you have company over to try coffee from your new set up. :)
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 8:21am
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Ok ill stick with the doser for now.  Also thinking about a thermometer and the temperature strip looks handy, i assume it goes on the portafilter?

Click Here (espressocare.com)
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and it probably doesnt matter too much, but this brush
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 9:43am
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Are you sure there is no group gasket in there? Hard to imagine, with that kit, he would leave out the group gasket....?  It's tucked way up around the showerhead,  (original one is red/orange) made of silicone (or some such material) that lasts forever.  

I have a replacement (white) but am still using the original after 6+ years... just to see how long it will last.

If there is no group gasket, there will be no resistance when you go to lock in the portafilter.
If the gasket is dirty, not only will this ruin the brew, but can also cause leaking.....
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 10:10am
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schiarelli Said:

Ok ill stick with the doser for now.  Also thinking about a thermometer and the temperature strip looks handy, i assume it goes on the portafilter?

Click Here (espressocare.com)
Click Here (espressocare.com)

and it probably doesnt matter too much, but this brush
Click Here (espressocare.com)

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Go with the Pallo wand  That wand will get boiling water on your hands. It's garbage.  Personally I don't think the temp strip for the portafilter is necessary but the probe for frothing is always handy.
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 10:14am
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You may want to eventually invest in a better tamper.  I found that the aluminum one you got was a bit light.  I ended up buying a steel RW tamper and there was a huge difference.  Also gives my prep a more pro barista feel. Lava tampers are really cool looking and are only $25
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 10:58am
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will this gasket fit the venus?
Click Here (www.amazon.com)

trying to avoid the $10 shipping charge from Stefano's since I've found everything else on amazon.
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:36pm
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schiarelli Said:

will this gasket fit the venus?
Click Here (www.amazon.com)

trying to avoid the $10 shipping charge from Stefano's since I've found everything else on amazon.

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Nope, won't fit. You can try 1st-line, they stock it.

.... are you SURE there is no group gasket?  without one , the portafilter would literally just fall off when you try to lock it in.  If its dirty with coffee grind up in there, it would leak.
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:38pm
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I'll hold off on the gasket till I get home and look.
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:42pm
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I don't think so.. You need a specific thickness for the portsfilter to fit nicely otherwise you will have a hell of a time moving it in and out. I found a compatible gasket size on espressoparts.com "Here"

It says you need a gasket with the dimensions of 71 x 58 x 9mm
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:50pm
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Burner0000 Said:

I don't think so.. You need a specific thickness for the portsfilter to fit nicely otherwise you will have a hell of a time moving it in and out. I found a compatible gasket size on espressoparts.com "Here"

It says you need a gasket with the dimensions of 71 x 58 x 9mm

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That is for a different 'Venus'. This is the Isomac Venus.

edit; for ref I measured;
original (red)
OD 66mm
ID 56mm
5.2mm thick

The white replacement I have is 5.5mm thick.

They both work, the white locks in a little before 90 deg.
Amazing after 6+ years of daily use I can pop it out, clean and inspect, re-install working as new.
Keep it clean; I've never had it leak yet.
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