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jacbri
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2007, 3:09pm
Subject: The Rancilio S20 Series Thread (S24, S26, S27)
 

This thread is dedicated to users and those interested in the following machines

S24
S26
S27

Please feel free to contribute and help others out
Thanks
Brian
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2007, 6:47am
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

Compared to other machines, I'm sure there isn't enough info/discussions about these machines, starting a dedicated thread should hopefully help.

I think the new versions of these machines are now called Epoca S1, S2, E1, E2 (Rancilio.com link).

I'm considering the S1 (plumbed) which is HX based, comes with a mighty 3.9L boiler, procon rotary bump, a boiler-draining fitting, etc.  While researching this machine I saw the attached picture and there was a bolt above the group head (see red arrow).  Does anyone know what's that?  Can I like insert a thermocouple there?  :-)

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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2007, 9:40pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

heres my s20 high cup 3 group. gas heated and in a toyota hiace van. have two other vans with rancilio 6e 3 grp. had a 2 grp s20 in this van but the bigger boiler is better.

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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2007, 8:15pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

Nice
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2007, 8:16pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

S26 layout

 S26.pdf
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Posted Sat Nov 10, 2007, 3:43pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

What an excellent idea. I just bought a used Rancilio S24, and my research was made much more difficult due to the lack of information on it. Finally, I realized the lack of information was a good thing. People tend to post when they have problems, and it seems the Rancilio S series has very few problems.

I love my machine. It is big and beautiful! I just refurbished a Compak K5 to complement it. Now I just need to make some space for it...
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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2007, 10:35pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

yes, an understanding spouse is a requirement with the S-series
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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2007, 9:39pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

She's pretty understanding...although she does call me her coffeegeek now...I think she thinks I'm a little crazy. I tell her I'm just a little eccentric. :)

I have a question. How do you deal with the water dance? How long do you typically flush if it has been sitting idle for about an hour or two? I am finding it very difficult to be consistent. When things are right, the drink is excellent. When they are off? So So...
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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2007, 5:47pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

you know, with my machine I have not had much problems flushing, actually I was told to flush the amount in a shot glass, or about 25 seconds or so... not really sure. Sometimes I flush, others not. I am still working on setting or at least finding out the pressure of my shots as there is not dial on our machines. I have mine set at 1.2-1.3 bars right now.
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007, 10:51pm
Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
 

I am getting my S27 in on Thursday via UPS. I am looking forward to conferring with you guys and troubleshooting all the potential problems.

Have any of you guys descaled the boiler on your machines? any tips/tricks outside of the normal (or not so normal, but PITA) HX descale?
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