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Posted Fri Jun 21, 2013, 1:26pm
Subject: Temperature on Pre-Millenium Europiccola
 

I just got some temperature strips for my La Pavoni and placed them on the group head. I'm seeing now that when I pull a shot, the water is getting to about 240 F. I've read it should be closer to 203. How do I lower the temperature on the shot?
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Posted Fri Jun 21, 2013, 8:27pm
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The temp strip doesn't indicate the water temp...just the temp of the group where it is placed.  If you know the approximate temp of the group you can control it.  That allows you to duplicate a good shot.  By itself the specific number on the stripsthermometer is meaningless.  You still have to figure out what temp works for your dose, grind, coffee, and palate.  

You should read all of the following, it's one of my favorite threads over at HB: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2013, 9:53am
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But my question is, how do I lower the temperature of the water inside the grouphead? What I've found is that if I don't run the machine hot enough, I don't get much pressure when I lift the lever, and have to pump it two or three times to get a full shot. But if I run it hot enough to build up a lot of pressure, then it's too hot for the shot.
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2013, 10:23pm
Subject: Re: Temperature on Pre-Millenium Europiccola
 

If you clicked the thread graciously linked by Russel, you'd have a great understanding of your machine.
"drgary" kindly loaned me the exact machine for over a month, which I was pleased to use.
If you have 2 switches, one switch gets your water up fairly close to brew temp, the other is for raising up the temp for steaming. Judicious finagling with the 2 will produce the proper brew temperature. After the 1st shot, turn off your machine for maybe 2 minutes, and bleed the steam wand for 5 seconds.
Grind your coffee for the 2nd shot, turn on the machine, and in about 30 seconds or so, you're ready for the next shot.
The temp strips that start at 88c aren't that useful, as once your group gets to 92 c, you're already too hot. You want that group between 178f and 182f for the best results.

READ that HB thread(!), and there are several others referring to managing the temperature of a Pre Millennium Euro.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 1:26pm
Subject: Re: Temperature on Pre-Millenium Europiccola
 

I didn't mean to dismiss the thread graciously linked by Russel. When I clicked on it, I got to a page on installing a thermometer on my machine, which is a little beyond my capacity and desire. After having a second look at the post, however, I see now that within it, there is a another link to Click Here (www.home-barista.com) and, if you scroll down on THAT link, there is a discussion on how to toggle the switches to achieve the ideal temp. I wasn't ignoring the original link.

But thank you for the guidance on switches!
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