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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:57am
Subject: Silvia newb question
 

My silvia just arrived today. :)  I tested it all out making sure everything works.  My only concern is after I pull a shot or steam do I have to manually pull water into the boiler each time or does the pump do this for me?
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:28am
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If understand your question: You only primp the pump once at set up or if you store it dry.  After that the pump should move the water for you.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:54am
Subject: Re: Silvia newb question
 

Congrats on the new machine!

In addition to what Helen said above, it's usually a good idea to run the pump after steaming milk--there's no auto-fill function like the CC1 or Silvano. This just makes sure there is enough moisture in the boiler to avoid overheating (also, if you're steaming a second time, this restores the steam; if you're pulling shots after steaming, this will cool off the boiler a bit, shortening the time it takes for the temperature to get back in "espresso" range).

You don't need to worry about it when you're pulling shots because the pump provides flow/pressure through the boiler to the coffee puck, so the boiler is (more or less) always filled.

I hope that's relevant to the question!

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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:04pm
Subject: Re: Silvia newb question
 

I think Nick touched on the answer.
The boiler fill on the Sylvia is manual.

When pulling a shot, the pump pushes water through the boiler so you are OK.

When steaming, the steam will lower the water level in the boiler so you MUST refill the boiler after each time you use the steam function. This is easy to do. Just turn the pump on with the wand open and when water comes out of the wand and not steam, the boiler is full. The pump switch is the same one you use to get hot water from the boiler. If you use the brew switch then you will get water out of the group head, and I am guessing that you don't want that.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:10pm
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See the stuff I did not learn by skipping single boilers and going right to HX.  I did not realize they would not auto fill the boiler.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:53pm
Subject: Re: Silvia newb question
 

After owning my silvia for 5 years i never once manually refilled the boiler with the steam wand. I only found out this tid bit of info after 5 years of owning it.:)(Silvia manual sucks.) Still. Its been about 7 years now and machine is running strong although i do not own it anymore. Probably a good idea to do it but i never did.
 Since i would always steam first then pull my shot. Boiler always filled and would be ready for my next session.
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 1:41pm
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How did you cool the boiler from steam to brew temp? Was it by "flushing" through the brew group then waiting for the temp to rise or did you wait forever for it to cool on it's own in it's own gosh darn time?

If you "flushed" to cool, then you simply filled the boiler using the brew group method though you never knew that was what you were doing.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 1:57pm
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Flushed to cool. and yes. I had no idea what i was doing. :)
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 3:16pm
Subject: Re: Silvia newb question
 

I echo Nick's comments.  When I had my Silvias, I always refilled the boiler after steaming.  I opened the steam/water valve and then hit the dispense water switch until water flowed out into a waiting Pyrex pitcher.  Sometimes I would leave the machine on all day, and in those cases, I'd run water through the wand every few hours, just to make sure the boiler never ran dry.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012, 5:26am
Subject: Re: Silvia newb question
 

Thx!

Here is my new setup. :)
The grinder is an OE Kyocera PFP and it does work for espresso. :) Also arrived yesterday.  The only downfall is there is next to no stepping in the espresso range so I will be modding it with a lock nut to make it stepless.

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