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mavrick1903
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Espresso: Isomac Relax
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012, 5:54am
Subject: Bump up to Brewtus?
 

I'm at an Isomac Relax. HX machine, vibe pump, thermosiphon 58mm group. I'd like to get into an e61 machine. I've found an older Brewtus dbl boiler. Expect it's a vibe pump. Don't think it's plumb ready (I want to plumb in the not-too-distant-future).

<Edit> The perspective Brewtus is stated to be DB. Only one Manometer is mounted on the front.

I'd like to go up to an Alex Duetto or similar next year.

Reason to move? I think I can do so for close to even money on the flip.

Question: should I?
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mavrick1903
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Espresso: Isomac Relax
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012, 1:48pm
Subject: Re: Bump up to Brewtus? or Stick with Relax?
 

Looked at the Brewtus. Local sale. This is a 5 yo single owner. Seems well maintained. States it was descaled annually, and backflushed as needed. Shower screen looks clean without removal. Group gasket is needing replacement. Unit was not up to temp, so no hot tests were available.

Would an e61 produce water to the drain line (into the drip tray) if it were not up to temp and the lever were lifted? water came out the PF, but some also came out the tube to the drip tray.
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mavrick1903
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Location: Madison WI
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Espresso: Isomac Relax
Grinder: Nuova Simonelli MCF
Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012, 8:39am
Subject: Re: Bump up to Brewtus? or Stick with Relax?
 

It would seem, from the view/reply ratio that the considered bump isnt really a bump.

With much consideration, it would seem to mean the following:

thermosiphon to e61 thermosiphon (this may not be a big performance improvment)

HX to single PID DB. A much debated topic here to be sure.

Button actuated to Lever.

Am I missing anything? Seems like waiting on a Alex Duetteo II would be a better move.

Remain silent if you agree. :D
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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012, 7:17am
Subject: Re: Bump up to Brewtus? or Stick with Relax?
 

Really, this is a personal decision and you need to weigh your needs, wants VS what you are looking at. If you are planing to "upgrade" next year anyway..... ?

Then again, moving to this machine may put off the planned upgrade for a long while as this machine may meet all your needs.

HX or DB, both make great shots, your choice really and only you can decide what you want.

I just could not remain silent as according to your post, it would automatically say that I agreed, and I just could not allow that!

 
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