ggcadc Senior Member Joined: 25 Mar 2008 Posts: 147 Location: San Diego, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: QM Alexia Grinder: Mazzer mini E, Virtuoso,... Vac Pot: Yama 3 cup Drip: All of them Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Mar 16, 2011, 12:05am Subject: Re: stabilizing temps on Gaggia Classic
after spending a few days and a few shots with this setup I have to say there is likely a difference, the only way i know it is that the heater light goes off much later in the shot, no pid to give any real data, I kinda like it that way for now, keeps me from messing with more stuff. Just wanted to post an update, works well overall
Posted Mon Apr 11, 2011, 6:38pm Subject: Re: stabilizing temps on Gaggia Classic
Ok, so here's the latest. I've been selling stuff around the house to raise money for a PID so as to not effect our budget with a little one on the way any day now. Just sold a computer and made up the difference. A new PID controller kit is about to be shipped to me. I'm excited.
As for the rotary pump, I need to finish some woodworking inside my cabinet so I can mount the pump. I've already fabricated the mounts and rack.
I have a design for a heat exchanger but just need to pull together the materials for it.
And for the icing on the cake, I've picked up a digital controller and scrounged up an electronic solenoid for a user adjustable time and pressure regulated pre-infusion setup. I just need to save up for the rest of the parts. I will definitely post up pics when it starts to come together.
I know I could just buy a nicer machine, but I'm having too much fun inventing and experiencing all of the steps along the progression. It has taught me a lot by improving one thing at a time, then drinking the result for a few weeks before the next improvement.
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