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Danruth
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 7:38pm
Subject: New Duetto
 

My Izzo Alex Duetto III came in today, pretty excited here. Already made a couple of "OK" cups, still need to upgrade my grinder so I can make some good espresso. Do people usually leave their machines on constantly or is that bad for the machine?
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 9:10pm
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

It's not bad for the Duetto to leave it on, but if it's not plumbed in, make sure to keep the reservoir full. I have mine on a standard programmable appliance timer. It comes on everyday at 5:30am. M-F it goes off at 10am, and sat/sun it goes off at 11:30am.  But I'm just saving energy. I frequently turn it back on, on the weekends and then leave it on until going to bed.  Also, I'd suggest getting a small surge protector from Chris' or 1st-line. Others may have them too, but I know those two places each carry them...and the one at 1st-line is a Panamax!

What grinder are you getting?

 
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Danruth
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 9:15pm
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

Thanks, I'm planning on the Mazzer Mini E for now. I am now planning on plumbing my machine because the reservoir seems quite small. I will probably get a timer for it soon but grinder comes first.  I'll look into a surge protector. At least I can work on my milk steaming until I get my grinder.
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 10:35pm
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

Dan, hello neighbor!
Another CG'er also in Brentwood has the Duetto 2. I've pulled many shots on it. A fine piece of gear.
Not that many Nashville area CG'ers and HB'ers, so feel free to contact me if you'd like!
Just remove all the "munginess" from my public email.

Back on track here (apologies), there's no reason you can't leave her on 10 hours a day, other than as was said, making sure your reservoir is topped off.
Are you running her on a 20 amp or 15 amp circuit?
If 15, you MAY want to put your grinder on another circuit. This may not be a correct assumption, my friends grinder slowed noticeably when he ground on the same 15 amp circuit. He then wired in a new 20amp circuit, and all was good.






Edit: noticed your occupation. Thanks for your service!

 
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Danruth
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Posted Sat Mar 8, 2014, 6:42am
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

Glad to see a neighbor here.

IMAWriter Said:

Are you running her on a 20 amp or 15 amp circuit?
If 15, you MAY want to put your grinder on another circuit. This may not be a correct assumption, my friends grinder slowed noticeably when he ground on the same 15 amp circuit.

Posted March 7, 2014 link

I am running on 15 amps, don't have any 20 amp plugs in the house and I'm currently renting so not going to do the work to add one lol. I'll be moving in June and that is when I plan on plumbing and possibly adding a 20 amp circuit, although I have read that the difference between running on 20 amps as opposed to 15 is hardly noticeable so not sure if I will even bother with it.
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Posted Sat Mar 8, 2014, 8:11am
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

Regarding the reservoir of any espresso machine:

Many guys get the idea that espresso machine reservoirs and the water stored there is excused from the ordinary rules of hygiene and sanitation. They aren't. Empty, clean and refill the reservoir as you would any unsterilized, unrefrigerated, unsealed vessel used to store drinking water.  

Some guys (it's always guys) will tell you they only tops it off, never empty it completely, never completely refill it, never wash it out with soap, and nothing bad ever happened.  While you're evaluating those comments, ask yourself if you'd take your family to a restaurant with similar food handling practices.  

If you'd keep a soup pot of water on your kitchen counter and drink from it for a month, only "topping it off," and never cleaning it, your mother would be very unhappy.  Don't make your mother unhappy.

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Posted Sat Mar 8, 2014, 9:25am
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

My Duetto II is on 14 hours a day as rule for well over 3 years now with no maintenance beyond the normal stuff you would expect.

Plumb it, it is worth the effort.

 
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Espresso: Bezzera Strega
Grinder: Forte, OE Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Adcraft SS, Yama 8 cup
Drip: Brazen, Kalita, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor 1600, CO/UFO combo
Posted Sat Mar 8, 2014, 11:56am
Subject: Re: New Duetto
 

boar_d_laze Said:

Regarding the reservoir of any espresso machine:

Many guys get the idea that espresso machine reservoirs and the water stored there is excused from the ordinary rules of hygiene and sanitation. They aren't. Empty, clean and refill the reservoir as you would any unsterilized, unrefrigerated, unsealed vessel used to store drinking water.  

Some guys (it's always guys) will tell you they only tops it off, never empty it completely, never completely refill it, never wash it out with soap, and nothing bad ever happened.  While you're evaluating those comments, ask yourself if you'd take your family to a restaurant with similar food handling practices.  

If you'd keep a soup pot of water on your kitchen counter and drink from it for a month, only "topping it off," and never cleaning it, your mother would be very unhappy.  Don't make your mother unhappy.

Rich

Posted March 8, 2014 link

+1. O do as you suggest., and should have clarified my technique, which is to top off for usually 3-4 days, then remove the plastic reservoir for cleansing. At 3-4 days, I feel no "scummy" residue...you know, that slick texture on the walls.
Thanks for cleaning up my lazy posting!

 
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