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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013, 7:11am
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Hrmm.  Only 30 seconds, even with restricted flow seems rather short.
It is possible your boiler is overfilling.  If the water level in your boiler is too high you have a smaller volume of steam above it to draw from but also, you have a greater volume of water to heat up to replace the steam that you're letting out. The same element can keep 1 litre of water boiling more easily than 1.6 litres.
If you suspect that an overfilling boiler may be the case, it could be that the level probe is too high or calcified.
If you use tap water and the machine is a couple years old, my bet is calcium on the probe.  It is very easy to unscrew and look at the tip of the probe.  If it has any build-up it can be cleaned with steel-wool or sandpaper.
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013, 7:23am
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slybarman Said:

. What don't you like about the double that came with the machine?

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I've found that I'm not getting a good tamp with the basket, my 58mm tamper, and an 18-20g dose.  With my old machine (Breville Infuser) I would always do the portafilter "flip" after tamping to remove lose grounds.  Since I've gotten the Cuadra, I can no longer do the flip without the coffee spilling out of the basket, no matter what I do or how hard I tamp.  The coffee is just not making a good seal against the basket and I'm worried I'm getting some channeling because of it.  Odd thing this, it looks like my tamper goes deep enough, but it just won't stick.  I've tried 7 or 8 different coffees already and it's the same thing every time.  

slybarman Said:

With regard to the knobs and porta handle - there is a fellow that makes custom ones from a variety of hardwoods that makes you machine look totally pimp!

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

Posted February 3, 2013 link

I did see that earlier, and he's not far from me actually.  Only about 40 minutes or so, but I was simply looking for a nice, black plastic replacement knob.  The OCD in me me will want to replace everything (knobs, handles, tamper) with the same color wood and I'm not looking to spend that much.  :D
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013, 9:08am
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Pulled the shower screen after a year. Was kinda cruddy despite backflushing with detergent, etc.

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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013, 9:09am
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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2013, 6:51pm
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Question to Jim at 1st line. What price will these end up being ( ball park ok) after this sale ends ? Do you have assurances the company will continue after the sad news of owners passing?

Thank You

1stline Said:

This picture shows one sweet set up. I actually like the picture very much! Thanks for the business!

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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:09am
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Iluvdabean Said:

Question to Jim at 1st line. What price will these end up being ( ball park ok) after this sale ends ? Do you have assurances the company will continue after the sad news of owners passing?

Thank You

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Sale of original shipment was over in Jan 2012. We are holding prices as best we can at $1095 for current stock and for next shipment coming in (luckily we prepaid). However, after this, prices will probably go up as the Euro exchange rate has taken a turn for the worse. I believe the original owner passed about 1 year ago.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:21am
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Thank You ! Sir

1stline Said:

Sale of original shipment was over in Jan 2012. We are holding prices as best we can at $1095 for current stock and for next shipment coming in (luckily we prepaid). However, after this, prices will probably go up as the Euro exchange rate has taken a turn for the worse. I believe the original owner passed about 1 year ago.

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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013, 8:10am
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Gents,

What would cause the Pstat dead band to change without any type of adjustment?

I had it set at 1.2 - 1.0 BAR and it was fine like that for a while.  There was always a .2 BAR deadband.  Yesterday, I noticed it's now at 1.3 - 1.0 BAR and a .3 BAR deadband without me changing anything.  I've also noticed the clicking sound is a different at the top of the cycle.  Instead of the pronounced click, it sounds weaker now.  Not a pronounced click any longer.  Just weak.  Kind of like something is not fully working.  Is it possible my Pstat is hosed?
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013, 8:36am
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MDiddy Said:

Gents,

What would cause the Pstat dead band to change without any type of adjustment?

I had it set at 1.2 - 1.0 BAR and it was fine like that for a while.  There was always a .2 BAR deadband.  Yesterday, I noticed it's now at 1.3 - 1.0 BAR and a .3 BAR deadband without me changing anything.  I've also noticed the clicking sound is a different at the top of the cycle.  Instead of the pronounced click, it sounds weaker now.  Not a pronounced click any longer.  Just weak.  Kind of like something is not fully working.  Is it possible my Pstat is hosed?

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I have noticed that the top end and dead band vary some depending on how long the machine idles. Also, it is a mechanical Pstat, not a PID, I imagine there is some margin of error in both the Pstat and the gauge. I would not get too worked up about it - we are making coffee, not sending men to the moon. :)

Also, keep in mind the boiler pressure is only altering the temperature of water in the boiler - not necessarily the HX water temp (which is the water that is actually making your coffee). If you use a grouphead thermometer, you can be more consistent on your shot temp regardless of the HX water temp.
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013, 9:27am
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Oddly, I gave the PStat a quarter turn down, and it's now back to where it was before at 1.2 - 1.0 BAR.  Odd that it changes like that.
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