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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 3:59pm
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 4:47pm
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If you don't know what it does, why do you want one?  There's a very good wiki on what it does, but in short, it gives a much tighter control over fluctuations in boiler temperature, by cycling the heating element at more stringent parameters.

I would think you can add it to any machine that doesn't have it already...though I don't know your machine at all...and I may be wrong in assuming that.

 
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Posted Mon May 6, 2013, 6:27am
Subject: Re: Can I Add a PID to my Breville Barista Express? How? What does it do?
 

Basic PID allows for temp adjustment and better brew temp overall.  Others allow for brew and steam control.

It's possible on any machine but some are harder to install than others depending on the machine.  If you are just looking for temp adjust then it's pretty simple.  

Here is a basic model.  Read the info and manual.  

PID

PID is the interface, SSR is the switch that connects directly to the heat element, Connect the PID to the SSR.

If you look at the back of the PID it's 2 terminals for PID power, temp sensor, SSR.  It's a simple install but you need to rip apart your machine for this.. If you get it installed you will have one happening machine :D
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Posted Mon May 6, 2013, 3:28pm
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You probably can, but, since the Barista Express is a thermoblock (or "thermocoil," as Breville calls it) machine, not boiler-based, I can't think of any possible advantage to be gained from doing so.
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Posted Mon May 6, 2013, 7:04pm
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No OP reply since opening the thread and that was last log on..   I have watched this thread unsure how to respond.  I looked up the machines.  The Barista Express BES 870 has “electronic PID temperature control for increased temperature stability” and the BES 860 has “digital technology” for accurate temperature control.  This may be on an internal board as I do not see the controller or digital readout. Which machine is the OP asking about and how is the temperature controlled?

 
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