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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:29am
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So I have a chance to buy a decently new version of this machine, but since itll be in my own kitchen, and I dont feel like plumbing it in (i dont drink that many espressos) I was wondering if its possible to have it suck water from a tank, either internal or external??
The seller seems to think there's plenty of room on the inside to install a home-made tank, but Im a little skeptical of that. What do you think??
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:33am
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Don't have any FHE, but there are lot's of these 5 gallon systems around: Click Here (www.abcaffeservices.com) That is the lowest price I've seen.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:32pm
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Ya don't know about a tank on the inside but can definitely run off of bottled water using a Flojet or if you can get the pump primed the pump can suck directly from the bottle (although this can affect brew pressure).
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:41pm
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I can imagine a gravity feed system might work well. Like a countertop water dispenser, something like this Click Here (www.ebay.com) But it would need to be modified, and probably kept topped off.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 4:38pm
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Runner23 Said:

So I have a chance to buy a decently new version of this machine, but since itll be in my own kitchen, and I dont feel like plumbing it in (i dont drink that many espressos) I was wondering if its possible to have it suck water from a tank, either internal or external??
The seller seems to think there's plenty of room on the inside to install a home-made tank, but Im a little skeptical of that. What do you think??

Posted July 25, 2013 link

I've had your Epoca's uncle - the S27 - for 7 years or so.
It has a Procon pump and has happily been drawing from an external 10l plastic jerrycan for all that time. (I change the bottle every year or two and give it a vinegar washout every once in a while to stop any algal growth)
I have an adapter that connects the braided water line from the Rancilio to the tap outlet of the jerrycan.
The tank sits on the breakfast bar that is slightly raised from the main kitchen bench, so there is a little gravity assist in addition to the pressure from water height/level in the tank.

The pump pressure on a Procon is adjustable - so you can allow for mains/bottle pressure.
No need for a flojet assist for these type of pumps.
As far as I know - they can pretty much draw from a bottle - ie just drop the tube into a bucket and it'll suck the water up.

While my machine is large - I don't see how a water tank could fit internally.
It does have a 4l HX and the beefy rotary pump after all.
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