Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:47am Subject: Considering a PID on my Classic
Have a few questions for anyone with experience:
1) Ballpark how complicated is it? I wouldn't say I 'm really handy but I'm not useless either. Worried I will get half way through and be totally lost and have done nothing but spent $200 and made my machine worse not better.
2) Am I better off just continuing to learn as is then when I have out grown the classic just put the $200 towards an HX and better grinder? ( which I plan on doing at somepoint anyway but maybe not for a year or 2. Something like a Mazzer Mini and one of the Rockets.... but I really haven't started down that road yet.)
D4F Senior Member Joined: 15 Mar 2012 Posts: 1,678 Location: USA Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID Grinder: Preciso
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 9:04am Subject: Re: Considering a PID on my Classic
Adding a PID is quite easy if you buy a kit with all of the parts and wiring made for you. If you are decent with wiring, soldering or crimping, you can easily make the "kit" yourself. Here is a basic list for a brew only PID kit.
For steam you need another SSR, AC-AC type or a dc voltage source such as a 9v battery or cellphone charger and a couple of more wires.
DIY is easily under $100 and worth it IMHO. Brew/idle temperature control is very helpful. I did not think that steam control would matter much but added soon after. Steaming is easy and more powerful if you keep the temperature high.
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