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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 7:58pm
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I know that I should be at 200 for the water coming out of the brew head...but what about the temp of the water coming out of the steam wand?
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 4:49am
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About boiling temperature.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 10:19am
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When we test the steam stat on a Gaggia, we usually use 240 degrees as a benchmark.
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When the PID on my Gaggia shows that the rising temperature has reached 240, I find that steaming can begin in earnest.

I'm not sure if that helps....
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 11:57am
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Gallansio Said:

I know that I should be at 200 for the water coming out of the brew head...but what about the temp of the water coming out of the steam wand?

Posted January 9, 2014 link

I think it depends on your machine and what you intend to use the wand for.  My guess is you have a SBDU, otherwise, you probably have separate hot water and steam wands (and isolated sources ofr the steam/hot water and group water), and wouldn't be asking this question.  I'm also guiessing you don't have a pressure gauge.  Does your machine have a PID?

There are tables one can use for adjusting steam pressure via boiler temperature.  Typically, it's about 255-260F to get the steam pressure up to 1.5 bar, but of course, this depends on altitude as well.  I'd agree with above, that you probably want it at or above 240F. However, that would be for steaming and for cup warming.  That's just too darn hot for making americanos and tea, for those, most people draw water through the group after it's been adequately flushed.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 7:57am
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I have my PID set at 285 and it turned my Gaggia Classic (with silvia v1 wand) into a champ.
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 11:53am
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I agree, I think 240 is a bit low, as above, the PID for my Sylvia is set to about 280 for steam.

On my HX, it runs about 1.4 bar.

 
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