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Shawn12
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Shawn12
Joined: 19 Oct 2012
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Location: Barrie,ON, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
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.)

Thanks!
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D4F
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Joined: 15 Mar 2012
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Location: USA
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
Grinder: Baratza Forte-AP
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.

Click Here (www.thedomesticbarista.com)

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.

Some threads for insomnia cure

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/571792

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/588424

 
D4F also at
http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/
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