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whitehawk
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Location: Bellingham, WA
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Espresso: ECM Giotto Classic, NS Appia
Grinder: Baratza Forte
Drip: French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Nov 26, 2012, 7:32pm
Subject: ECM Giotto Classic- where to get a boiler pressure gauge?  &Steam Wand
 

Anyone know where to find a replacement gauge?  I'm looking for something affordable but not hideous =)  I've seem some gauges out there for $100 and that just doesn't interest me.

Also, my steam valve needs replacement (steam wand dripping) - I was thinking of putting in a completely different steam wand - has anyone upgraded theirs?

Thanks!

 
-Josh
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:52am
Subject: where to get a boiler pressure gauge?  Steam Wand Upgrade
 

What gauge are you looking for, boiler pressure, brew pressure, calibrated to bar, PSI, Deg F, Deg C ????

Machine specific gauges can be pricy due to limited production. Generic gauges cost less but may not fit in a specific hole.

Good gauges though, just like good anything else will tend to cost a bit more than low quality gauges so how long are you expecting them to last?.

Also, please do not use the entire space in the title bar. The software adds RE: to the post title and if you use all the space then when the forum software adds the RE: , the title is too long and it forces you to edit the title bar just to reply.

 
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whitehawk
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Joined: 20 Dec 2006
Posts: 35
Location: Bellingham, WA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Giotto Classic, NS Appia
Grinder: Baratza Forte
Drip: French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Dec 1, 2012, 5:30pm
Subject: Re: where to get a boiler pressure gauge?  Steam Wand Upgrade
 

Thank you for the response - I edited the original posts title to shorten it!

The gauge I am looking for is the boiler pressure gauge (the only one my ECM Giotto has), preferably in bar.

edit:  as far as how long it lasts, longer is better as I anticipate having this machine for quite some time yet, but if possible I'd be happier spending $30-$50 rather than $100.

 
-Josh
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Location: Canada
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Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket...
Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best
Vac Pot: No  :(
Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart
Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sat Dec 1, 2012, 7:50pm
Subject: Re: where to get a boiler pressure gauge?  Steam Wand Upgrade
 

As for the gauge, what's wrong with the one that came with the machine?  Borden tube leaks can be resoldered. Jumped teeth on the rack and pinion can be re-aligned. Calcium clogged can be cleaned with baling wire (And resoldered if so extreme that machining holes need to be opened)...  Smashed to smithereens, sorry, might not be repairable.

And for the wand, it may depend on the era of the Giotto, but I expect that most Giotto dealers in your area will still have wands for the ECM ones less than 20 years old. The wand itself is just chromed brass tubing with two bends and male and female threads at the ends, I believe.
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whitehawk
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Location: Bellingham, WA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Giotto Classic, NS Appia
Grinder: Baratza Forte
Drip: French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:21am
Subject: Re: where to get a boiler pressure gauge?  Steam Wand Upgrade
 

Good question =)  The boiler pressure gauge rests at 1.2 bar (with machine cool & off) and goes up from there.

 
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