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ODandy
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Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 5:21pm
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Oh ok, that makes alot of sense. Thanks for the help! :) I think I'll get the Preciso then.
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D4F
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
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Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 5:27pm
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Happy to help.  You will want this if you steam, though perhaps a closer vendor,

http://www.espressoparts.com/R_1054?&search_id=2345441

and you should start reading on OPV adjustment.

Click Here (www.gaggiausersgroup.com)

 
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ODandy
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Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 5:31pm
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I already ordered the steam wand actually. I've been reading up on the OPV adjustment and my only issue is finding a Pressure gauge easily without spending $50 on one.
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D4F
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Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 5:56pm
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It can be done without a gauge, though the gauge is probably the best, most accurate, way.  The OPV adjustment will really help.

http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/index.php/topic,231.0.html

http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/index.php/topic,318.0.html

 
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ODandy
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 12:56pm
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Just to update everyone, I ended up purchasing a Baratza Vario from a very nice and accommodating guy on this forum. My Gaggia Classic just came in the mail today, I'm still waiting for the Rancilio steam wand to get here and I'm still on the look out for a pressure gauge to use to do the OPV mod. Is there anything else you guys would deem essential for my setup?

Thanks!
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 1:10pm
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Do you have a decent tamper and a 0.1 gram scale to weigh your beans? A scale will help keep your dose consistent from shot to shot. This will help you immensely when dialing-in your beans. By keeping your variables the same each time you pull shots, you'll have an easier time reaching the promised land.

I, too, have a Vario as my starter grinder. It's a great first grinder and works well for single dosing. It might take a while to break in, so seasoning with some inexpensive beans can help.

Also, be sure to always keep the Vario's grinder motor running while you adjust the grind size. If you don't, you could cause big problems with the micro and macro adjustment sliders.
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ODandy
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 1:48pm
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Nice! thanks for the advice. A decent tamper and scale is on the way. Now I just have to wait it out then begin learning some technique.
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D4F
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 3:36pm
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Sounds like you expanded your grinder budget a bit, good choice :)

 
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ODandy
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 4:00pm
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Yea, I had to. I felt I should do things right the first time instead of just feeling bad after going the cheaper route. I ended up getting a great deal so I'm super happy.

Does anyone know, what size gauge do I need for it to fit on the Gaggia Classic portafilter? Is it 3/8 "?
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 4:44pm
Subject: Re: Newbie: Grinder Help Plz :)
 

I believe that you are at GUG as well, but here is the picture

Click Here (www.gaggiausersgroup.com)

A little more help here

Click Here (www.youtube.com)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhSp1_x5CLw

The video gives part numbers.  If you want to save a bit, the gauge does not have to be fluid filled, but the filled damps out oscillation.  It is pretty easy to read midpoint of the oscillation, since many only use the gauge a time of two.

OEM pressure is about 12 bar, too  high for some of the 160 lb gauges.  You can use a gauge in the 150 - 160 lb or 10 bar if you lower the pressure first.  If you chose to lower it first, turn the adjustment about 3/4 turn or 270 degrees CCW, then put the gauge on the pf.  That should save the gauge as that adjustment will get you close to 9 bar.  In essence you adjust it blind to lower the pressure and then readjust to gauge measurement.  I mentioned adjustment without a gauge in the above post.

You can adjust it static, no valve on the gauge and just use a single fitting to couple the gauge to the PF.  Stat pressure on Gaggia should be about 9.5 to 10 bar.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/194464

I hope that answers your questions, if not, ask :)

 
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