Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
Espresso: Espresso Machines
VST basket problem..
Rancilio Silvia - How to
Step by step guide for easy brewing and steaming with the Rancilio Silvia
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
 
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered  
Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > VST basket...  
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Author Messages
ballistic
Senior Member


Joined: 23 Jan 2011
Posts: 56
Location: vancouver, bc
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: R. Silvia v3
Grinder: Baratza Vario- Feb. 2011
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 11:14am
Subject: VST basket problem..
 

i have a problem with my new VST basket. I was using a Synesso basket before and i would rancilio backflush rubber disc for backflushing. The rubber disc does not fit the new VSt basket, the rubber disc is too small so the water leaks out. If the disc was maybe 1 or 2mm bigger it would fit. The VST is bigger diameter.

Does anyone know a rubber disc little bigger designed to fit VST? I asked local dealer and they said no go, they said just use a blind basket. But i find it very hard to remove the basket and switch them every time, i want to use a disc. i tried to make a disc... it leaked. I emailed VST ppl and no reply.

Am i the only one this problem? HELP!!
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
calblacksmith
Moderator
calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,842
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 1:22pm
Subject: Re: VST basket problem..
 

Just go to the supermarket, hardware store, kitchen store or any other place that sells housewares and find a flexible rubber/plastic sheet, disk, whatever and cut out the size you need.

The rubber disk is really the way the lower priced machines uses because it is less expensive than the blank basket that you should be using. If you are having a hard time removing the basket, have you tried removing the spring?

Click Here (www.homedepot.com)

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
ballistic
Senior Member


Joined: 23 Jan 2011
Posts: 56
Location: vancouver, bc
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: R. Silvia v3
Grinder: Baratza Vario- Feb. 2011
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 1:39pm
Subject: Re: VST basket problem..
 

calblacksmith Said:

Just go to the supermarket, hardware store, kitchen store or any other place that sells housewares and find a flexible rubber/plastic sheet, disk, whatever and cut out the size you need.

The rubber disk is really the way the lower priced machines uses because it is less expensive than the blank basket that you should be using. If you are having a hard time removing the basket, have you tried removing the spring?

Click Here (www.homedepot.com)

Posted August 8, 2012 link

i put in the HD spring because the basket comes out to easily with regualr spring.
reg spring- basket drops out when i knockbox grounds
heavy spring- very hard to get out... pry out with a spoon
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
calblacksmith
Moderator
calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,842
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 2:20pm
Subject: Re: VST basket problem..
 

I guess you need to pick your misery.

I use a bar in my knock box and hit the lower 1/3 of the basket on the bar, there is no way for the basket to come out. YMMV!

OH, BTW, I use a naked PF so even if I had a hard spring, it is easy to push the basket out from the bottom. OH and it makes it so much easier to keep clean!

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
ballistic
Senior Member


Joined: 23 Jan 2011
Posts: 56
Location: vancouver, bc
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: R. Silvia v3
Grinder: Baratza Vario- Feb. 2011
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 2:43pm
Subject: Re: VST basket problem..
 

calblacksmith Said:

I guess you need to pick your misery.

I use a bar in my knock box and hit the lower 1/3 of the basket on the bar, there is no way for the basket to come out. YMMV!

OH, BTW, I use a naked PF so even if I had a hard spring, it is easy to push the basket out from the bottom. OH and it makes it so much easier to keep clean!

Posted August 8, 2012 link

true. I wish vst would just make  a disk that fits!!
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
andys
Senior Member
andys
Joined: 10 May 2003
Posts: 857
Location: NY
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Speedster, Londinium 1
Grinder: EK-43,Robur, HG One, M3
Vac Pot: Yama
Drip: various
Roaster: PIDed Popper
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 7:43pm
Subject: Re: VST basket problem..
 

ballistic Said:

true. I wish vst would just make  a disk that fits!!

Posted August 8, 2012 link

VST baskets were designed for pro use, and I've never seen a pro use one of those rubber disks. I'm pretty sure VST will be designing buggy whips before they get around to rubber backflush disks!

Until that happens, it's not a big deal to slightly modify your heavy spring so the basket comes out easily with a flat blade screwdriver (but stays in under normal use). Unbend it slightly or cut an eighth inch at a time off one or both tips until you get the result you want.

 
-AndyS
picture page:  http://flickr.com/photos/andy_s/sets/
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
Coffeenoobie
Senior Member
Coffeenoobie
Joined: 11 Dec 2011
Posts: 3,036
Location: PNW
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:22pm
Subject: Re: VST basket problem..
 

Just get another portafilter and keep the blind one in that.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > VST basket...  
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered     Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
Discussions Quick Jump:
Symbols: New Posts= New Posts since your last visit      No New Posts= No New Posts since last visit     Go to most recent post= Newest post
Forum Rules:
No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards.
No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum.
No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek.
No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum.
Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies.
Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies.
Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts.
Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.
Support Coffee Kids
Coffee Kids is a non profit charity working with farming communities around the world. Donate today!
www.coffeekids.org
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.402047872543)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+