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pointbob
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012, 12:32pm
Subject: Newb, first questions ;) La Scala Butterfly E-61 A1 Automatic switches? timer?
 

Hey All!

Just a couple of basic questions that may be answerable even if you don't have a La Scala Butterfly (ironic name since it's weighs more like an Iron Butterfly).

First off I'm curious about the switches. It has TWO sets. An upper one and a lower one (pic attached). I know the lower switch is the master power one. But the upper one has three positions ~ a setting of "I" , "O" and "II". I don't have a manual but from what I've read online it says:

"The has two commercial switches on the front panel. The lower rocker switch,with power indicator light, is the master on/off switch. The upper rocker switch has two functions. On position one, the machine primes the boiler with water without turning the heating element on. This protects the element from damage when you start up the machine FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. After the machine is primed, move the switch to position two to activate the element. The red light lets you know the boiler is heating up and cycles on and off with the element. A boiler pressure gauge just above the switch monitors the pressure and provides a visual aid to determine when the machine is at optimum pressure for brewing and steaming milk. The boiler heats up to temperature in under 8 minutes, but wait a few more minutes for the group head temperature to stabilize for the best results. This machine may be left on all day if desired, with no worries. The Butterfly will brew and steam continuously as long as the self-contained water tank has reserve water (water can even be added during operation)."

Ok, now to my questions.

Do I need to do the following procedure for regular daily espresso making as:
1) lower master switch on
2) upper switch "I" on boiler
3) wait
4) upper switch "II" on heating element

OR

1) lower master switch on
2) upper switch "II" on heating element

The confusion I'm having is based on the online instructions (translated likely from italian) about endangering the heating element when I start up the machine for the "very first time".

Can I skip to the simpler master on/upper switch "II" on heating element for daily ritual?

ALSO, I used to own a simonelli Oscar and like most HX machines it took about 15mins or longer to get to operating temperature. So I devised a method where I'd plug the outlet into a timer and have it turn on every morning about an hour before getting up. It worked fine as long as I opened and closed the steam knob (when the machine was cold) the nite before prevent air in vacuum.

Could I do the same with the La Scala assuming I can leave the master switch and heating element on the ON position and control the power via a timer?

Would the La Scala need to do the releasing "steam" trick when cold or can it be powered on regardless?

Thank you!

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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012, 12:37pm
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 1:11am
Subject: Re: La Scala Butterfly E-61 A1 Automatic switches? timer?
 

Welcome to CoffeeGeek!

It seems that in position "I", the upper switch solely activates the pump in order to fill an empty boiler with cold water from the tank before heating up for the first time. Once the boiler is full, you don't need that function any more, so you can turn the machine on and off by using the master switch and leave the upper switch in position "II".

 
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:37am
Subject: Re: La Scala Butterfly E-61 A1 Automatic switches? timer?
 

NobbyR Said:

Welcome to CoffeeGeek!

It seems that in position "I", the upper switch solely activates the pump in order to fill an empty boiler with cold water from the tank before heating up for the first time. Once the boiler is full, you don't need that function any more, so you can turn the machine on and off by using the master switch and leave the upper switch in position "II".

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