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Neal
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Posted Tue Feb 22, 2011, 6:18pm
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I'm only one data point, but my year old volumetric GS 3 has been flawless. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one. Mine was built in February 2010
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JimWright
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 2:24am
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Anyone try the new Foam Knife steam tip from EPNW, or what appears to be a special GS/3 version with a different output direction (maybe different size hole too, but can't tell from the pic)?
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 9:52am
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$70 for a tip seems excessive!  Unless you are having trouble getting good milk.  My current setup with the stock tip and full burn wand is great.  I do have problems when steaming skim milk for my wife.  I wonder if it would make this easier.  Still, $70 seems over the top.
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 10:39am
Subject: Re: The La Marzocco GS/3 Owners' Thread
 

rbh1515 Said:

$70 for a tip seems excessive!  Unless you are having trouble getting good milk.  My current setup with the stock tip and full burn wand is great.  I do have problems when steaming skim milk for my wife.  I wonder if it would make this easier.  Still, $70 seems over the top.
Rob

Posted February 23, 2011 link

I thought the same but curious, maybe I'll have to be the guinea pig here...
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 11:54pm
Subject: Re: The La Marzocco GS/3 Owners' Thread
 

I've bought the gs/3 steam tip (txpresso) and tried it for a couple of weeks with my gs/3 mp. first off my machine has the burn-me wand, which supposedly gives you more steaming power than the cool-touch wand. At 1.5 bar steam boiler pressure I could hardly keep my milk inside the cafelat pitcher. switching to a conventional pitcher made it a bit more feasible but still; this steam tip creates such a strong current that it hardly allows you to steam the normal amount (pitcher 1/3 to half full) without spillage. my usual routine was sinking the tip all the way to the bottom of the pitcher and staying there the hole time. It created nice microfoam in an easy way but i could never avoid the occurrence of larger bubbles completely. And since i decided against further lowering the steam boiler pressure at some point I just switched back to the factory supplied 4-hole tip and have been much happier with the results ever since.
hope this helps
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JimWright
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2011, 8:23am
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welone Said:

I've bought the gs/3 steam tip (txpresso) and tried it for a couple of weeks with my gs/3 mp. first off my machine has the burn-me wand, which supposedly gives you more steaming power than the cool-touch wand. At 1.5 bar steam boiler pressure I could hardly keep my milk inside the cafelat pitcher. switching to a conventional pitcher made it a bit more feasible but still; this steam tip creates such a strong current that it hardly allows you to steam the normal amount (pitcher 1/3 to half full) without spillage. my usual routine was sinking the tip all the way to the bottom of the pitcher and staying there the hole time. It created nice microfoam in an easy way but i could never avoid the occurrence of larger bubbles completely. And since i decided against further lowering the steam boiler pressure at some point I just switched back to the factory supplied 4-hole tip and have been much happier with the results ever since.
hope this helps
m

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It does, thanks!  I may try anyway - I use the no-burn wand, so maybe this won't be so overpowering on my machine.
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2011, 11:05am
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I have the no-burn steam wand as well.  So the Txpresso Sproline GS3 Steam Tip is recommended for the GS/3 over the Txpresso Sproline Foam Knife 1 Steam Tip?  I assume that's why they call it GS3 steam tip but thought I'd check before I spend the $70.  Thanks.
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2011, 11:56am
Subject: Re: The La Marzocco GS/3 Owners' Thread
 

The factor supplied 4 hole tip with the full burn wand is a very nice combo.  I use the traditional approach of stretching the milk first to about 80 degrees (tip just under the surface), then sinking the tip and creating a whirling motion in the milk.  I did play around with the steam boiler temp, and I am pretty sure I'm below 1.5 bar--I'll check.  I steam milk for a 6 oz latte, so I'm probably steaming just over 4 oz of milk in a small pitcher.  I never have any problem with milk coming out of the pitcher.
I think that if you ever experience too much power with a tip, try turning down the temp of the boiler--its so easy to do.
Rob
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2011, 2:33pm
Subject: Re: The La Marzocco GS/3 Owners' Thread
 

dsm363 Said:

I have the no-burn steam wand as well.  So the Txpresso Sproline GS3 Steam Tip is recommended for the GS/3 over the Txpresso Sproline Foam Knife 1 Steam Tip?  I assume that's why they call it GS3 steam tip but thought I'd check before I spend the $70.  Thanks.

Posted February 24, 2011 link

I called them and they said the GS3 version was worth waiting for it to come back into stock over the Foam Knife 1 or 2. They said the Vortex was WAY to much for a GS3.

The GS3 version shoots the steam sideways. I use the Toroid steam pitcher and a tip that blows down at an outward angle really rolls the foam. Not sure how it would work if the steam comes straight out the side.

 
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Theodore
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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2011, 6:05am
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What is the portaflon kit,that I saw in a offer of a GS/3,and that kit,costs Euros 400,00?
Do you know something about it?
Thanks in advance,
Theodore.
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