cjbrubaker Senior Member Joined: 12 Sep 2007 Posts: 172 Location: Providence, RI Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio S24, Silvia PID,... Grinder: Mazzer Mini E type B Vac Pot: Yama 4-cup
Posted Sat Jan 12, 2008, 6:30pm Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
I just noticed that steam leaks out of the water exit chute from the 3-way solenoid when the machine is on, warmed up, and idle. Is this normal? I backflushed a few weeks ago, but didn't noticed if it was doing this before.
Posted Mon Jan 21, 2008, 2:42am Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
Thought you Rancilio S series fans may find this interesting so I decided to post here :)
A rancilio s26 from Turkiye.. What makes it interesting "it's brand new"!! Funny though.. all these years they kept it at a warehouse, now they are selling it at..hmm..Turkish ebay?? site =D http://urun.gittigidiyor.com/TEK-GOZLU-ESPRESSO-VE-CAPUCCINO-MAKINASI_W0QQidZZ6901582 I could purchase it if I hadn't set my mind on a Rancilio Epoca =P
Posted Sat Feb 2, 2008, 9:25pm Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
Scale was so bad, I scooped it out of the boiler, wire brushes did nothing..... original owner was an idiot
Why did you use muriatic acid? I have a hard time thinking of another acid I'd want to use less. That stuff stinks to high heaven - like vomit if I remember correctly. I guess you'd definitely know when it's all out?
I should be receiving an S24 tomorrow that will need to be descaled. I'd like to use citric acid, but my local homebrew store didn't have it. They did have "star san," a phosphoric acid solution. Yes, it's the same stuff as in coca cola, but a LOT more concentrated. I decided to skip it and start with a bunch of lemon juice and salt and see what happens. Next on the list is vinegar unless I hear some other suggestions from here. After that it's glacial acetic acid, then hydrofluoric for the last bits. Just kidding on those last two.
Here are a couple threads I've been reading to figure this out:
Posted Sat Feb 2, 2008, 9:28pm Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
I think all the problems are now solved; just one more question...
After completely disassembling and re-building the steam and hot water valves with the existing parts (new ones haven't arrived yet) I found that I simply wasn't opening up the valves far enough! :) I'm used to a Silvia and Gaggia Espresso, where the steam flows right after the knob bottoms out. These valves open up midway through their range of travel, and are a very different experience. And they don't leek at all!
The back panel came off after unscrewing 2 semi-hidden screws near the water reservoir.
And somehow the pump ran dry in this process. My god do they sound awful when dry! I thought I'd fried it, but I filled the tube with water and blew into it when I turned it on, and it re-filled with water and works fine! So now the machine is fully functional- I'm so excited!
Before I replace all the exterior panels, I'd like to insulate the boiler. Anyone know where I can get the boiler insulation that ships on the Epoca series (S-1, ST-1, or E-1), or something comparable?
MXJ Senior Member Joined: 3 Oct 2007 Posts: 12 Location: Melbourne Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Rancilio S20 3 DE, Silvia Grinder: La San Marco SM 95
Posted Mon Feb 4, 2008, 5:28pm Subject: Re: OFFICIAL Rancilio S20 series Thread S24, S26, S27
I have opened the boiler of my S20 3 Group coffee machine. It dad a lot of scale in it that I cleaned out and then soaked it in a citric solution to clean it out. It is now clean inside but there is a few spots inside where the chrome has come off and the copper is exposed. Do I need to have it re-chrome, and if so does it need to be bright chrome or hard chrome?
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