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Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012, 1:59am
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Let the info already given be your guide; however, I have some insight on steaming with the silvia in general.  I can be a PITA, especially if you don't temp surf properly.  It is important to temp surf for achieve the correct brew temp, but then you must temp surf to keep enough steam power to finish the steaming process.  After pulling your shot, and flick the steam switch, wait, then purge the steam wand, you need to keep the timer going and identify the time where the boiler light turns off (reaches peak steaming temp).  You'll need to start steaming early enough that the light is still on, and remains on during the whole steaming process.  That is the best way to keep steam power up.  Othewise, if the light is off, the temp gets too low before the boiler turns back on, and the steam power is pretty wimpy by the time you are done.  Hope this helps.
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Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012, 9:36pm
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Well, I believe that I made my first successful Latte today using some of the advice all of you have given me.

It turns out that I only just needed to stretch the milk a little and only stretch it when its cold.. then swirl the ever
living heck out of it until it reaches about 60 C.

Tasted awesome. Thank you all!

 
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Posted Fri Aug 3, 2012, 6:54am
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I'm glad you had a great drink, just keep working at it and it will soon become second nature!

 
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Posted Fri Aug 3, 2012, 7:38am
Subject: Re: ARGH! I can't stop making capuccinos! (Milk frothing question)
 

qualin Said:

Thanks for the advice everyone. All of you have been an awesome help.

I'm still working on my technique, but I like a lot of your ideas. If I make some progress on this, I'll certainly keep all of you updated.

I have yet to experiment with 1% vs 2%... I personally like the taste of 2% milk better.

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Awesome. Glad we could help. Keep it up!

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