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cruizie
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Posted Mon Oct 22, 2012, 10:38am
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Rob,  I did check out those tips and there isn't a 1 hole tip.  There's a 2 hole,  a 3 hole and two styles of 4 hole tips.
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2012, 7:38am
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oops sorry Lori, I thought I seen a 1 hole in that group. I had trouble at first too. I didn't want to modify my tip, so I kept practicing. I also bought a better pitcher and keep it in the freezer. The biggest thing is its much faster then my old one so you don't have a lot of time to work the milk. The stretch time has to be quick and then you must get the wand in position to get a lot of roll in the milk and don't get it too hot. The pitcher I have is much thicker material then my old one and so stays cool longer and gives me an extra few seconds. I got the replacement wand that has the 2 hole instead of the 4 that came with my machine. I tried it a few times and there is an odd taste coming form it I can't seem to get rid of .. so I took it off and am using the 4 hole wand again.

John... thanks for the info. The machine I have is 1200W ... not 1400w. I put in a 10A fuse and so far its still working. But I am almost certain that my entire problem was that they put in too small a fuse when it was made. Steve got his machine about the same time as I did, so its from the same first batch of 100... he had a 15A in his. I hope this has solved my problem. Jim is sending me some replacement fuses and theirs are 15A ... so if I do blow out the 10 I will try one of the 15's.
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Posted Wed Oct 24, 2012, 8:20am
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The 10A will be borderline at 1200W.
at 110V you're at 10.9 A,  at 120 you're at 10A, and at 130 you're at 9.2A. You indicated that you are usually at 125V IIRC, so you should be ok. I'd stick the 15 in there if I were you, just to save yourself from any potential bother later on.
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Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 6:23pm
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After about a month of using a spouted portafilter, today I switched back to the bottomless. I stopped using the bottomless because I was getting crazy sprites making a mess every where and nothing I did cured the problem.

So, I decided to try again and today when I was grinding, I accidentally ground too much coffee and really overfilled the basket compared to what I used to use. I tamped and pulled my first clean shot ever with the bottomless. Not a single sprayer. It ended up being the best espresso I've made so far. I didn't weight it, but I normally  grind 18 grams of coffee into my double basket. I would estimate I was around 22 grams today. It took a long time to make -- the flow was slow. It was worth the wait. I've never had so much goopy, sticking looking espresso come oozing out of the bottom of the basket before. Sooooo delicious and super clean.

So, if you are having problems with sprites from the bottomless pf, try using more coffee.
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slybarman
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:27am
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scanfield Said:

After about a month of using a spouted portafilter, today I switched back to the bottomless. I stopped using the bottomless because I was getting crazy sprites making a mess every where and nothing I did cured the problem.

So, I decided to try again and today when I was grinding, I accidentally ground too much coffee and really overfilled the basket compared to what I used to use. I tamped and pulled my first clean shot ever with the bottomless. Not a single sprayer. It ended up being the best espresso I've made so far. I didn't weight it, but I normally  grind 18 grams of coffee into my double basket. I would estimate I was around 22 grams today. It took a long time to make -- the flow was slow. It was worth the wait. I've never had so much goopy, sticking looking espresso come oozing out of the bottom of the basket before. Sooooo delicious and super clean.

So, if you are having problems with sprites from the bottomless pf, try using more coffee.

Posted October 25, 2012 link

Are you using the triple basket that came with the naked portafilter?
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scanfield
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:30am
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No, the double. I've only ever used the double basket.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:44am
Subject: Re: La Nuova Era Cuadra Owners Thread
 

Something to think about, if the machine is operating properly (no bad parts) a LOW voltage will cause the fuse to blow, VxI=W or Volts times Current equals Watts. To maintain the same heat output, a low voltage condition will cause the machine to draw more power (amps) and it could be enough to blow the fuse. That would be the first thing I look for after making sure there were no problems with the machine.

 
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slybarman
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:11pm
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scanfield Said:

No, the double. I've only ever used the double basket.

Posted October 26, 2012 link

That is a pretty big dose for the double. I remember folks were surprised I was dosing 18g in the stock basket without hitting the screen.

The important thing is - it works and tastes good to you. Glad you got it sorted.
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cruizie
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 7:15pm
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Slybarman, just wanted to update you on my thermometer use.  I love it!  It's made a huge difference in my ability to get a consistent temp on my shots.  I was hesitant to spend the money on it but very glad I did.  Thanks for the advice!

Still working on the steaming part and I remember reading earlier in this thread that you had purchased the Rocket steaming tips.  Are you using any of them?  I've read lots of complaints about the larger sized holes of most stock tips that come on the no burn arms.  Do you know how big the holes are on the Rocket 2 hole tip and whether they are any smaller than the holes on the Cuadra II's 2 hole tip?

I plugged one of the holes on my tip and did way better on the foam.  However, I don't want to continue steaming with a toothpick stuck in my tip.  I've been emailing Jim about trying to find a 1 hole tip and he's been looking for me.  Seems it might be a difficult find.  I took his suggestion to remove the toothpick and keep practicing but I'd still like to find a 1 hole tip or a 2 hole tip with smaller holes.  Hence my questions about the size of the holes on the Rocket 2 hole tip.

I've also read that I might do better with a nicer, thicker steaming pitcher.  Do you have any opinion on the different shapes and whether they make much difference in the rolling action?  I'm steaming around 10 oz of 1% milk and was looking to buy a new 20-25 oz pitcher.

Thanks for your help!
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scanfield
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Posted Sat Oct 27, 2012, 6:06am
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slybarman Said:

That is a pretty big dose for the double. I remember folks were surprised I was dosing 18g in the stock basket without hitting the screen.

The important thing is - it works and tastes good to you. Glad you got it sorted.

Posted October 26, 2012 link

I've made the past 6 or 7 espressos overfilling the basket and a few of them have hit the screen. I haven't been weighing the coffee lately but I think I might go back to doing so.
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