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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2012, 9:00pm
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so just rebuild a la peppina and am having some issues. I replaced all the gaskets and cleaned it out completely. when I fired it up and when I pulled shots the lever come up very fast, my shots are watery. There is water on the top of the puck no matter how hard I tamp it. Any advice?


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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:37am
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Hey Fran:

Welcome to CG.

Sounds like a grind setting / grinder related problem.  What kind of grinder are you using?

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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2012, 6:07pm
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I agree. It sounds like a coffee problem, either the grind is too coarse or the coffee not fresh, or both.

Oh, and don't worry about water on top of the puck.

 
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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2012, 6:14pm
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Agree with above posts - also merits mentioning that the Peppina tends to produce goopy pucks.  Even when I produce very slow (i.e., borderline stalled) pulls, there is always a bit of water on top of the puck when I remove the portafilter.  On the flipside, there is usually also a nice layer of crema in the cup and the shots are delicious, so I don't really care that the puck isn't dry.  But if it is running very fast, sounds like your grind is too coarse.  La Peppina likes a rather fine grind compared to many other levers.
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Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 3:54pm
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ok will try a finer grind then. Will let you all know how it comes out
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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2012, 4:09pm
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totally. It is the grind.  crank it down finer- should solve it.

 
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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2012, 4:41pm
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Let us know how it turns out, and post a picture please.  I love seeing pictures of La Peppinas, even though I have one of my own.

 
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